Martin Olsson is not sensing familiar warning signs at Norwich City

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

Saturday, February 22, 2014
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Martin Olsson has suffered the pain of Premier League relegation before in his professional career, but the Swedish international does not detect similar warning signs within the Norwich dressing room.

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The 25-year-old was part of the Blackburn squad during the much-maligned Steve Kean era which slipped into the Championship in 2012 during a period at Ewood Park that saw supporters ranged against Kean and unpopular owners.

“It does feel different because there were a lot of changes going on at Blackburn,” he said. “I think this group here at Norwich we have some good players and we play good football. That is what frustrates me the most, that we play good football and create loads of chances and we don’t score the goals. You can look at games like Cardiff and West Ham but we feel we have lost matches before that when we had played well.

“It is tough mentally and it is frustrating but you have to deal with it. What can you do but go out there again? I think mentally as much as physically the break we have just had can help. It has given us a chance to refresh and come back stronger and hopefully we see that on Sunday.”

Olsson knows Chris Hughton’s Carrow Road future remains a divisive issue among supporters but the defender insists the burden of responsibility must be shared.

“He is a good guy and he is easy to talk to. I like him a lot as a person and we are all behind him,” said Olsson. “He is a great man and he has a lot of respect from the players. He talks to us individually and tells us what he wants and where we are going wrong.

“The manager has pressure on him but so do we as players. It is not only his fault. If we had scored those goals then of course it would be different but we haven’t. I don’t think the gaffer pays a lot of attention to the speculation. You hear bits and pieces and you are aware of it but all you can do is focus on your football and for me that is about picking up points.

“Of course we are feeling the pressure now. All the teams around us are picking up points. We want to win every game but sometimes it doesn’t happen. We are professionals, we have to deal with all that and give 100% whenever we go on the pitch.”

Olsson has been a permanent fixture in Norwich’s backline this season, but Tottenham’s Carrow Road visit is a reminder of one of his most bitter footballing memories after a red card against Spurs back in 2008 following a torrid shift trying to cope with Aaron Lennon, who could be in the visitors’ ranks again.

“Yes, I was sent off four or five years ago for two strong tackles. That is all part of a learning curve. It was all part of my experience,” he said. “I would have no problem facing him again. I like coming up against good players. You don’t want easy games, you want to test yourself.”

18 comments

  • Well said Brew, lets hope they both step up to the real mark tomorrow as we cannot afford to lose the game that is for sure.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Transparent propaganda .Olsson and Bassong love Hughton. Hughton and the Board love each other. There are no dissenters, there are no splits. It is a love-in and everything is rosy. They will all hold hands as they jump off a cliff into the Championship , they expect us to hold their hands on the way down. It's. all a bit soft and washy-washy and gentlemanly , "After you". Once again you have to query where is the passion , drive and commitment to win? At any costs. I just do not see it, it's all cosy chats over a cup of Earl Grey with the gaffa.

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • 17th after today's results, with others around them able to score goals against teams we can't. I would hope all the players would be concerned.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • We wouldn`t expect players to be wheeled out to attack the manager, would we? Today has a two-pronged charm offensive; from Olsson & Bassong. Fair enough. We shouldn`t expect dissenters, detractors and those on the periphery - like Wes & Becchio(?) - to be granted similar inches of column in our local press. This is business, not democracy. I wonder what Wes really said at the training ground? Anyway, respect to Bass & Olly, they`re only doing their job. (Though that really should be playing football, not being the manipulated mouthpieces of management).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • The very fact that they are running this story at all says a lot.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I would be happier if the players were seeing warning signs! The rest of us have been seeing them since this time last year.

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    DaveG

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • 17th after today's results, with others around them able to score goals against teams we can't. I would hope all the players would be concerned.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • To quote my old mate Mick Jagger.."Sympathy For The Devil" Brewer....?! Not so much Red Leicester as BLUE Leicester for the Townies yesterday !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Yes Dubai Canary, we are all looking forward to an improvement in play and hoping for a steely performance and 3 points. But Norwich have scored 11 goals at home this season and Tottenham have scored 21 goals away this season! I'm hoping for 3 points, but I wouldn't bet the mortgage on it!

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    kenfoggo

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • kenfoggo, you are much too much of a gentleman. It`s not `wishy-washy and gentlemanly`. It`s tishy-toshy and unmanly. Certainly soft. Dubai Canary, bless his little lotus-eating, potion potationing, pendulous chops, is as happy as ever. I envy you, DC, honestly I do. But, as Josef Konrad once said "I`d rather have an interesting life than a happy (clappy) one". That was on his tombstone, and now Wetherspoon`s have named their pub in Lowestoft after the poor devil. He`s rolling in his grave now, and praying he`s not now exhumed to present Hughton`s Certificate of Entry to the Norwich City Hall of Fame. Hi, FINN, ol` buddy! Ipswich did get a beating today, but Reading lost too, so... but don`t get like our Life President Designate of Happyclappery (Dubai Canary) and spend your life rejoicing in the failure of others. Schadenfreude is pleasurably unfortunate. PS. I`ve run out of Dubai`s Yabba Abu Dhabi Delusion Drinks. Could you, DC .....?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Good gosh, Olsson says the dressing room doesnt sense it, McNally doesnt see it, Hughton is 100% we are gonna be OK. Sorry it must just be me whos worried senseless then

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Three points tomorrow will ease a lot of woes for us.......Other results are going our way at HT !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Can someone tell me what happened to the Earl of Leicester please.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Don`t be too hard on FINN.BLUE, Timbo. He admits to being a 1p5wich supporter and he`s not a troll. Makes sensible and civilised comments on these boards. Ipswich did get `outfoxed` by Leicester yesterday and will be lucky to sneak into the play-offs, specially now Wigan have got going. The point FB makes is that he`s happy to be a ITFC fan irrespective. I was happy to be a Norwich fan in L1 when Lambo restarted us, and in the Champ. The first season in the Prem was a reality check, but there was plenty of excitement, for sure. What the fans didn`t like was PL`s apparent disdain of Cup Competitions. The last season and this? The joy`s gone. From the players and many fans. PS. FINN, it has to be said that your last offering was a tad aberrant! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • …..Trev and Brew! ….there are other names that could easily be added to that 'non-split'....and the management is probably finding it difficult to have a complete team and a bench without dissenters!....perhaps those with inside information could open our eyes a little wider!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • Warning Warning warning. Norwich the Sign is that say Goodbye to the prem if you dont win on sunday.. And ia'm so happy to be Blue even we dont win ..intereasting weekend for both teams i believe make or break for both of us i'd say..

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    User Removed

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • FINN.BLUE? At which school did you learn to read + write? Was it "approved"....?

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    Timbo

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • I suppose all the players, coaches, manager, CEO get their large paychecks based on their contracts win, lose, draw, relagated or stay-up, so what is their to worry about. Maybe a little disappointment if they go down, but they will move on and get over it. Maybe what is needed is a big dollop of pressure on their pockets?

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, February 22, 2014

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