Martin Olsson backs Norwich City to fight and ‘concentrate’ their way to Premier League survival

Norwich City duo Nathan Redmond and Martin Olsson both joined the club last summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City duo Nathan Redmond and Martin Olsson both joined the club last summer. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, February 17, 2014
6:00 AM

Concentration and fight are the keys to survival, according to Swedish international Martin Olsson.

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The 25-year-old left-back has cut a comfortable figure for the Canaries since his summer move from Blackburn. But there may not be much that will be comfortable for anyone at Carrow Road as the battle for Premier League survival hits a new gear at the weekend.

“If we concentrate, we will be fine,” said Olsson. “It was the same at Cardiff. Two mistakes. We switched off and that can’t happen in this league, because teams will just punish you. It doesn’t matter who it is.

“That’s the thing about survival – eliminate the mistakes and be focused for 90 minutes.”

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With a free weekend following last week’s horrible defeat at West Ham, Norwich return to action on Sunday – after everyone else has played – when they host in-form Tottenham.

“It’s tight down there but we can’t think about other teams,” added Olsson, with just one point keeping City out of the relegation zone. “We’ve got to go and play our football and start picking points up. Hopefully we’ll get a few soon just to take us away from the bottom teams around us.

“It’s going to be a battle from here on in, but we’re ready for that battle. We’ve got loads of experienced players and no one is going to hide.”

22 comments

  • I agree with most of what Malaga says, but perhaps he would like to explain why the players do seem motivated now. Credit where its due.Also if you think its right to try and tackle these lightning fast players. I,m afraid you dont understand the level we are playing at.

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    sharky

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Concentration and fight, well that might be a good idea, shame it's taken until February for that to register. Oh no it hasn't because I'm sure it's the same thing every player has been saying after every defeat all seasons, so it doesn't fill me with confidence that things have changed. And as for going out there and playing "our football" thats what got us into this mess, we need to play better than "our football"

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    Burglecut

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • It should be Martin Olsson backs, not Martin Olsson back's - this has got nothing to do with his back.

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    canary tifoso

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Fight and concentration are just two areas which have been missing from most of our games this season . But it is our complete failure to score goals that will do for us. All these and other areas of our game are things that Hughton should have been addressing and improving on but which he hasn't. We get one game where the team balance it about right (Man City). But what does he do? Go back to his usual, defensive, defeatest, strategy. After 20 months it is patently obvious Hughton has not a clue how to motivate and set up a team and it is obvious for all to see on match days he cannot read a game in progress and respond to changing circumstances on the pitch nor even get his choice or timing of substitutes right. We need someone creative in midfield but he won't play Hoolahan. To have balance in any team you need the mixture and have to give priority to such a player regardless of the fact that he's not a natural defender. Surely we have plenty of journeymen who should be doing the closing down and tackling? Sadly this has gone for so long just about everyone from Ruddy to our front men seem to have lost confidence in their and their team mates abilities. We are light on top quality for sure and some of our players are really more suited to Championship level football. But that doesn't mean they can't be moulded into a decent functioning team - as Lambert showed.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Well done, Malaga, your analysis is spot on. And well done, Brewer too. They have removed the offending apostrophe from their headline (on my copy at least). Cudos to both of you. I wish McNally would listen as well as Archie does.

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Burglecut , spot on !

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    Kristafa

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • PS - Walcor. You are right. The problems have been all too obvious all season, even to most fans. So why can't Hughton and his well-paid coaching staff see them? I suspect they are looking down the wrong end of the telescope. Looking at the wrong aspects of our game, obsessed with defensive qualities to the extent that, for instance, they continue with the balmy notion that a winger's main job is to run back and defend rather than get past his fullback and cross the ball and give the front men some chances. Even if that means playing a winger on his wrong foot! This obsession also manifests in Hughton's refusal to countenance a creative midfielder who can open up defences because they don't also do their defenders' jobs as well! It is all about balance and under Hughton there isn't any.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • It is interesting that the Norwich malaise can be seen clearly from Spain and Portugal as well as from arm chairs and the terraces but it is totally invisible from the dug out.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I hate these planted "Rally round the flag boys stories" They are so patronisingly false.I make the same comment everytime the press office at Carrow Road wheel out one of these PR stories. Actions speak far louder than words guys!! These players seem to go out every game and attempt to defeat 2 opponents. One the opposing team, and 2), Their managers total lack of tactical awareness and awful substitutions. Sam Allardyce said it all when he said that he saw Hughton take off his strikers, and play for the draw. That meant that he, alladyce was free to bring off a defender, and bolster his attack. The result of Allardyce spotting Hughtons blunder? A totally unexpected 2 nil win for Mr Allardyce ......................................................................And THAT my friends, is the REAL issue that will sink us. At least 9 points squandered to inept on the spot team tactical management.

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Spot on, The Iberian Duo! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • My proofreading fee, canary tifoso! I was there first. ;-) See, they`ve corrected it already. Makes it all worth while, knowing that you are helping a cub hack to hone his skills.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Algarve has hit the nail on the head! The real reason for our current predicament (lack of goals aside) is CH's repeated willingness to surrender a position of advantage, in order to try and avoid a defeat that isn't even on the cards!

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    Smudger75

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Thanks, Barking Wijs. I was in trepidation of your wrath for venturing into the territory of grammar, syntax & punctuation, but you were very gentle with me. Elsewhere, your could-be Plaistow drinking buddy, BP2, keeps morphing into Don Giovanni and back. Very confusing. Surely Juan identity is sufficient? Dear old Stephen Fry referred to `Eats shoots and leaves` on QI recently. It seems a panda has to eat virtually 24\7 `cos there`s b****r all nutrition in bamboo shoots. This leaves little time for conjugative activity. Also, the male panda`s `tackle` points in the wrong direction. This all explains the title of Lynn Truss`s book. I think. Je vriend, Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I don't have a problem with players being positive. In fact the the one positive from the current mess is that other than a couple of dissenters, CH has not lost the dressing room. Right now however the time that is passing until we are last to play next weekend nurtures that sense of foreboding one has about the seasons conclusion. It is the time that a new manager might have spent with the players. It is the time Ch will be spending putting across the same ideas that are getting us nowhere. It is the time the board and CE ought to be spending making sure a replacement for CH is ready to jump in.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • I wish young Michael Bailey would concentrate on fighting the temptation to use surplus apostrophe`s (sic).

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Ethered! Corrected now, canary tifoso. I claim the proofreading fee.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • Hi Sharky. Sorry if I misled you. But I didn't say they were now motivated. In fact quite the opposite. To summarise what I believe is that over the season Hughton's poor team selections, apparent lack of natural leadership and motivational qualities and inability to read a game in progress and respond accordingly has led to such poor displays and results that most of the players, from Ruddy at the back to our front men, appear now to have lost confidence in their own and collective abilities. Hence uncharacteristic goalkeeper errors and fluffed changes up front. But I do agree with Trevor that Hughton should have bought one quality target man to hold the ball up and bring the likes of Hooper and RvW into play. The almost total lack of return on our major investments in the summer is truly awful.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • It should be Martin Olsson backs, not Martin Olsson back's - this has got nothing to do with his back.

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    canary tifoso

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • It's called FEAR.

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    Smudger75

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • It should be Martin Olsson backs, not Martin Olsson back's - this has got nothing to do with his back.

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    canary tifoso

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • malaga flier you are spot on and it still baffles me that we once again failed to go out and sign a decent target man in the transfer window given the style of play CH persists with.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 17, 2014

  • As long as Snodgrass remains Hughton's first choice on the team sheet, we are doomed. 13 points from 8 games is the only statistic that matters now. It should be plastered over every empty wall around Carrow Road and Colney and amended after every game so that the Board, Hughton and his clueless assistants can see where they have gone hopelessly wrong or miraculously turned it around. Lose to Spurs and 13 points out of 7 is top 5 form . . .

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    jigs69

    Monday, February 17, 2014

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