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Andrew Surman reveals the key to a Norwich City Championship encore

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is back in the fold. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Norwich City midfielder Andrew Surman is back in the fold. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Andrew Surman’s assessment of Norwich City’s Championship prospects counts for more than most.

"Football is such a rollercoaster. We had the disappointment last season but there is no reason we can’t bounce back and hopefully make it a special one this time around."

Andrew Surman

The 27-year-old is one of only four survivors from the squad who clinched promotion in 2011 and Surman made 30 appearances in the second tier last season during an impressive loan stint at Bournemouth.

Surman believes a week-long training trip to Italy can foster one of the key ingredients that underpinned City’s previous stellar campaign at this level.

“Team spirit is a massive thing,” he said. “I keep harping on about last time we got promoted but one of the main things for me back then was the team spirit was excellent. We had such a tight dressing room so going off to Italy and St George’s Park is important to get the new lads integrated because we need to hit the ground running. If you ask me, ‘What does it take in that division?’ then I would say you’ve got to be consistent. I think if you can get on a decent run at the start of the season you give yourself an excellent chance. When we got promoted last time I don’t recall us slipping out of the top six for most of that season. It’s about putting little runs together and stringing them together and that is where team spirit is massive. You can deal with losses pretty quickly if you have that and because there are so many games if you can get on a run then you have got a chance.”

Surman’s Norwich career has been a series of peaks and troughs which helps him to put City’s troubles last season in clear perspective.

“Football is such a rollercoaster. We had the disappointment last season but there is no reason we can’t bounce back and hopefully make it a special one this time around,” he said. “We want to get back in the Premier League. We want to win the Championship. There is no reason we can’t and I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t say that. It will be tough and there are a lot of good teams at this level but that is the aim and there are enough lads here who have experienced promotion.”

Surman spent most of the previous season on the south coast where he worked with Neil Adams’ first summer signing Lewis Grabban at close quarters. The cultured midfielder is convinced Grabban will be equally effective leading the line at Carrow Road.

“He is sharp. No question,” he said. “It is always difficult to make judgements in pre-season because players really just want to get their fitness and get used to playing with new players when you first come into a club, but he can do it all.

“He will look to get in behind and down the sides of defences, he has goals in him and he is a very good player who I am sure will do well for Norwich. Last season he showed at Bournemouth he can create and score goals out of nothing cutting in from those wide areas. He has a decent shot on him and if he gets one-on-one with the defender you always back him to score.”

Cherries’ boss Eddie Howe was keen to keep Surman at Dean Court after his impressive impact but the midfielder remains at Norwich’s disposal for now as he approaches the final year of his current deal.

“It’s still a bit uncertain at the moment,” he said. “I have got my head down and tried to work to my best and we’ll see what happens. I would never come back and have a negative attitude about the situation.

“I’m sure that is the same for a few players. Right now, we’re not sure who is coming in and who is going out, but as I was saying there is a good team spirit here and every day we go and work hard.

“The main thing for me at this stage of my career, I’m 27 now, is that I need to be playing regularly. I want to play as much as I can off the back of a season where I played 30 odd games so it would be a change to then sit in the stands. I’m no different to every player and we’ll see what the pre-season brings.”

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  • It's obvious that what is required is quality players who are also team players and a Manager who plays them in the right way. We have been short of team players and a Manager who knows what he is doing for the past two seasons. Speculate to accumulate re.funds for obtaining the right players very soon so they have time to gel.

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Surman, Redmond, Murphy(s), Pilkington, Bennett and even sometimes Howson and Fer(both last season) - the wings are a little crowded. Just like the strikers, there's going to have to be some movement. We can't keep all these players happy and most deserve to be playing regularly. It's a good thing to have a bunch of quality players but, as Surman said, team spirit is a huge factor in success - and I hope our log jams in midfield and striker don't lead to team disharmony.

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Now that Surman (a real team man) is back,- I'm as previously stated a lot, lot, happier. Offer him a new contract and let's get at the opposition. Put good quality alongside him - do not leave him out on a limb with too much to do and he will serve later in the Premier League as well. Forethought & Resolution - Norwich - don't sell us short!

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Surs' comments on team spirit seem to fit precisely with what we all saw. Here's hoping that it is really coming back, it's been sorely missed.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • with uncertainty comes problems, need to sort the comings and goings ASAP !

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Plenty of good players out there and we have the cash to bring them in. Plus we have a surplus of front men and mid fielders, we do however look a bit thin with the back four and Neil tells us he's working on that.

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    Saturday, July 19, 2014

  • Interesting Surman says no-one knows who is coming or going. Understanderble but also deeply worrying.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

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