No divided loyalties for Norwich City’s Elliott Bennett ahead of Wolves return

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett will never forget the debt he owes Wolves. 
Picture by Simon Finlay. Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett will never forget the debt he owes Wolves. Picture by Simon Finlay.

Saturday, August 9, 2014
2:00 PM

Elliott Bennett plans to prove Wolves right by ensuring Norwich City spoil their big Championship opening day party.

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“It’s nice not to be reading the paper or hearing things in the media about getting written off. Whether it’s good or bad its best not to focus on that too much,It’s about what we believe in the dressing room. We have a real direction from the manager that we want to go and score goals and attack and we’ve all bought into that. There is always pressure and its how you handle that. I’m sure knowing this set of lads we’ll handle it in the right way,” says Bennett.

The 25-year-old got his first break with the Molineux men after progressing through their academy ranks, before embarking on a path which led him to the Canaries and the Premier League. Bennett knows the debt he owes his first club but there will be no divided loyalties back on old turf.

“They gave me the platform to realise my dream of becoming a professional footballer,” said the Telford-bred midfielder. “I didn’t start a league game during my time there but I did play in two League Cup ties and I will always hold them fondly because it’s where I first started off. The timing just wasn’t right at that stage of my career so you have to move on, but there were no hard feelings. The best thing they did for my career was to get me out on loan and then sell me to Brighton. I learned my trade at Bury and Crewe and if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t be here now. Its the same with Brighton. I will look forward to going back there. They took a chance on me and I had two fantastic years there that ended in a promotion and getting a chance for me to play in the Premier League.

“I think I need about 20 tickets for my family this weekend and I have to keep asking to borrow tickets from the rest of the lads. Wolves hold a massive place in my heart. I owe a lot to the academy.”

Plenty of Bennett’s former youth team peers have make the transition to Kenny Jackett’s ranks.

“I wish them well but not on Sunday,” he said. “There is still quite a few left from my days. Kevin Foley, Dave Edwards and a couple of the younger lads who got a chance when they dropped into League One, David Davis and Danny Batth. I try not to get involved in speaking to them during the build-up, but we’ll have a good catch-up after the game.

“I played there in the Premier League season when we drew 2-2 and I enjoyed it. It’s always nice to go back. It’s a massive football club with really passionate supporters and they will try to make it as hostile as possible for us. We’re under no illusions and they have the momentum from last season but I know Norwich fans will travel in big numbers as well.”

The teenage Bennett was a talented English Schools’ athlete before focusing on football and City’s midfielder drew an interesting parallel to quantify Norwich’s Championship task.

“It’s like a 400m hurdles race. We have 46 hurdles to get over and the end goal is to win the league. That is what we have to do and what we have prepared to do in pre-season,” he said. “I’ve never played in the Championship because I went straight from League One to the Premier League, but we will have to match the work ethic of these sides and then you hope our quality shines through on the day.

“You have eight more games, a lot more midweek games, which we are not used to, but the manager has assembled a squad he feels can cope with it. I look around this group and see faces that are hungry and who have that desire to get back to the Premier League.”

31 comments

  • Brew is poppekok the Dutch version of poppycock? If so it reminds me of an interview on the box a few years back. Cliff Mitchelmore ,on Tonight, asked a question of legendary Bolton centre forward Nat Lofthouse. Nat's reply was poppycock. Quite good for a footballer. The most depressing news of last week was the appointment of Phil Neville taking over on MOTD from Hansen. What a dreadful commentator. Last night I watched Dave Kitson on the FL show and he was excellent. Why do the beeb always go for the (totally boring) big name.

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Crab Fragmentation Method. Patent pending ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Still not allowed to reply properly to LRS2A. Archie must be able to read Dutch now. One more try. "One club men" are as rare as gemijlen poppekak.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Sadly, 5th Generation, what you said applies equally here. Just change `town` to `City`. Village Naaridge.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • 2 goals from that team in blue followed instantly with chants for us Yes I was watching for a time Is this backwater town and it's insular isolated football crowd only concerned with our team can't they look any further than us . A club financially sound with a great ground 27k home gates and a quality championship team ,!!!!! No they can't dream on potaloo road

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    5th generation

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • LR Series 2A, Archie keeps blocking my reply. I agree with you 100%.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • LRS2A - there is no doubt that you are correct there. Sad but true. :-( `One-club men`, like Adams has become, are as rare as gemijlen poppekak. It probably means the `comfort zone` has been found. Trouble for Neil is that he now has his head above the parapet...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Who in their right mind honestly believes that most players have any real loyalty to the clubs they are contracted to, or bizarrely to previous clubs! Players are commodities that are traded by clubs and conversely, they go where it suits them in terms of money and potential for success - you would have to be delusional to believe otherwise. Stroll on!

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    LR Series 2A

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Look what you made me do, Dubya! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Bournemouth. Hmmm. We got Grabs, and Surs has returned (?...). They beat us to Callum Wilson, who scored 2 and missed a penalty. Eddie Howe is a bright young manager, and probably a `one club man`. Neil Adams is a bright, young-ish, manager and certainly a `one club man`. Bournemouth is in a lovely (& affluent) part of the country (Surs likes it, too) but Naaafuk`s OK in a rednecky, billybob kinda way. We have a 27,000 capacity ground, theirs is a tad under 11,000. If they got promoted to the Prem, they really would be punching above their weight. I wonder what the future holds for them? Little acorns etc... Trouble is, if they do succeed,they`ll probably `do a Southampton` & get rid of their manager, succeed a bit more, then be raided for all their young talent, while the new manager b****rs off to greener pastures.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Don't get me wrong Brew, but I still have the donkey boys as a shoe in for the drop. Anyway, to more important things, a win at Wolves is a must and a good win will set down a very good marker for the season. There were not a lot of surprises really yesterday (apart from the one at Portaloo Road) I though Bournemouth got a good away result. If City can fire themselves to the top today, it will set the standard ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • C`mon - this isn`t the Dubya we know and love! Stop all this Donkeyboys stuff and concentrate on your normal brand of sunny optimism about Naaaridge. Crack open a jeroboam of your exclusive Premier Pollyanna Potion and build up to this afternoon`s gamel. I hope Laffing Boy & Grabs both play. What`s the betting Hooper is fit? Well, not fully `fit` `cos of his pie problem, but fit enough to be in the squad? I wonder if Neil will start with a "diamond" and maybe bring a winger or two on as the game requires. Tactical flexibility. We haven`t seen that for a while... Get that ol` potion out, Dubya! OTBC!!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Have to admit that the new-look Fulham were unexpectedly awful yesterday at times in front of 13,000 empty blue plastic seats at Portaloo Road. Magath's new look Fulham, complete with 8 new young signings, was a brave experiment. Fulham played 1p5wich off the park for large parts, but two sloppy defending errors by Shaun Hutchinson gifted away two soft goals. Donkey boys will never get an easier three points this season - Fulham will improve !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

  • Dubai Canary-think you need another crystal ball !

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    borderman

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • The last time Fulham beat Ipswich was Boxing Day 1963 when the score was 10-1. Unlike in the Premier League any team can be any other team. Interesting times ahead.

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    Capri

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Townman, this is the year you get to sing with Petula Clark again You know the song Down Town .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Why pick on little Benno, didn't Surs play for Wolves once.{ or is the journo too young to remember]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • We need to win at Wolves 3 - 1 or better. I chose 3 - 1 to NCFC a couple of days ago, so expecting to be above Ipswich tomorrow night and for the rest of the season.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Watched the 5cum vs Fulham, would have liked a draw personally, looked like the cottagers would get a point towards the end but ran out of time. Didn't rate the game. Someone mentioned Fulham possible having to field a 17 year old keeper, but the Jonovan or whatever his name was fella is 21 according to uncle Google. Looked quite green nonetheless.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Norwich has a prurient gutter press? If only.

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    California Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Watched the scum vs Fulham, would have liked a draw personally, looked like the cottagers would get a point towards the end but ran out of time. Didn't rate the game. Someone mentioned Fulham possible having to field a 17 year old keeper, but the Jonovan or whatever his name was fella is 21 according to uncle Google. Looked quite green nonetheless.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Don't see what's so hard in beating Fulham o I forgot your got to be a half decent team in the first place not a 2 bit shower of s''t like you lmfao

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    Townman

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • If I was Adams I would instruct our boys to hammer that donkey Ipsh!t left back Mings all day long. We can't fail.

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Time to walk the walk tomorrow. Hyacinth may think the fans are planks, but he should have walked one two years ago.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Well picked up, Scrimmage. Much appreciated! An itch in time...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • .....Watched most of that game....Don't think either of those two will be in the mix on that showing!....Wes would have had a field day!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Pruriently? I say! :)

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Ug! Ip5wich 2 - Fulham 1 (FT). Might be best for us as a strong Fulham is bad news.Bournemouth top tonight and until the next round I suspect (I do not see us beating Wolves by five!).

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Why would there be "divided loyalties"? Benno plays for us!! When Wes showed the slightest sign of respect to Lambo (not Villa), he was subjected to vilification, pruriently provoked by our local gutter press. This is such crass, shameful journalism. Hi, Stew - was that OK? How`s Robert doing, if I may ask? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • Looking at the first Saturday games and results City should be able to walk the Chump this season - Fulham v 1p5wich up next, I predict Fulham to be top tonight. Well done to Bournemouth on a 0-4 away win. Looks like Huddersfield and 1p5wich will be keeping close company together in the table this season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

  • …..Go for it young man!... SPECIALISE in what you do best....work at it 24\7...and glory could come your way!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, August 9, 2014

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