Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey is coming to terms with life in the Championship

Alex Tettey has been a key figure in Norwich City's impressive response since losing to Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Alex Tettey has been a key figure in Norwich City's impressive response since losing to Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Friday, August 29, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich City’s winning surge comes as no surprise to Alex Tettey but the Norwegian international has been taken aback by the rawness of Championship combat.

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The 28-year-old’s return to the ranks after the opening league defeat at Wolves in tandem with Bradley Johnson has coincided with a four-game winning streak but Tettey insists there is no magic formula.

“There is no secret. Everyone is working hard. We are playing against Ipswich not Chelsea,” he said. “Obviously we are one of the good teams in the Championship, so for me personally I am not that surprised at the results, although it is good to win. You have to do something to win, and we are doing the right things now so we just need to keep doing what we are doing. We should just concentrate on winning games but not get carried away, let’s take it game-by-game.”

“We have a lot of the ball in these games so as a midfielder you can go forward more. It is easier for me to impose myself. I am doing things now I felt I couldn’t do perhaps when we were focused on defending and being a defensive midfielder. Now I feel I can get forward and try to be box-to-box when I am able to.”

Tettey was in the thick of the action at Portman Road against a robust Ipswich side.

“Ipswich and Blackburn were very direct and that was a surprise,” he said. “I was surprised by Wolves as well and the level they showed and the way you can easily lose games in this league. You can win one day and lose the next to a team you shouldn’t.

“Obviously how many games we play to this season is also something I have to get used to. I did my first Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday last week and it’s tough. There is a lot of fatigue if you do that over the long road but we have a big squad and I don’t think that will be a problem.”

Tettey was touted with a summer return to the Premier League before Norwich took up an option in his existing Carrow Road deal and the 28-year-old, who will be on international duty next week against England at Wembley, has made no secret of his desire to get back to the top flight.

“Of course you miss the Premier League. If you ask any player they would say, ‘Do you want to watch it on the couch or do you want to be out there?’,” he said. “I want to be the one playing and others watching me. It is what it is. We just have to move on. We are working very hard to get back.”

22 comments

  • So why a different convention for Surs, US? All the others you identified by their initials but AS became a boy named SU. Btw, what has `JH` done to deserve your ire, apart from getting injured? Looks like parkeg1 has said the rest. Btw, Uncle Stew; believe it or not, I did know what you meant, but could make little or no sense of it. Hence "Stanley Unwin". Capisci?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Stew, I think your idea of a trouble maker is different to mine, I see Seb as a trouble maker which is why he is out of the first team squad, I think the rest need managing and Neil is doing just that. JH is only injured along with GH, no indication of a problem with those two. Surman knows where he stands, Neil has that in hand. NR will have to pull his socks up no Josh is pushing for his place in the starting line up. It's all looking good in my view, Neil is a good manager, you only have to see how Wes has changed with Neils help. OTBC

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    parkeg1

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • .....' n'...Blo*DY tool!... or failing eyesight!... Can still see that fellow on the moon....on occasion!....Been to see Pa!...Had a lovely meal !.... He's a lucky B*gger!..... No Dumplings until after Christmas!....But Trout was acceptable!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • .....Come alive, young Brew!....Su ..rmam!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • @Brew , he means Sammy Urqhart , the Linemarker mixing consultant at Colney , definitely a malign influence behind the stacked sacks of perennial Ryegrass seed . Hankers back to the days of setting out using Creosote to burn the lines in . And too heavy handed with the Needham chalk , lumps in the buckets . Perhaps we could sell him to Mr Redknapp ?

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • The more this team blossoms the more we see how Hughton broke it by forcing them to play in ways they did not want to and which proved in the end a losing formula as well as demoralising for players and for fans . I am a staunch believer in the passing game , free-flowing ATTACKING football . I would far rather lose 3 or 4 : 1 knowing we had gone at the opposition hammer and tongs , but been unlucky , and got caught out by the oposition breaking forward , than have runs of dull 0:0 , 1:1 draws and the occasional 1:0 win through luck . The Prem is a boring league anyway , so when we get back there we might as well go out to play the sort of football that both players and fans enjoy . Staying in there by any means is pretty pointless . Hughton didn't get many points anyway !

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    Bring on Foggo

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Is that a Boy named SU, Stew? Who is "SU"? Stanley Unwin, perhaps...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • "We are playing against Ipswich not Chelsea" genius.

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    cda1982

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • …..SB..NR..GH .SU .JH...enough for starters?.....Wes is now in the other camp since CH and RS were moved on!....Thank Goodness!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • An unfortunate start to the season for MO who is a very good and valuable player. Lets hope he comes back soon and strongly as City take the Championship by storm this season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Agreed, poor guys not having a good time of it at the moment. We're all with you Martin.

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    Steady On

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • On a serious note, our thoughts should be with Martin Ollsen at this very sad time for him and his family.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I am no psychologist but, look at the eyes, face and general demeanour of the players and you can see a whole new sparkle about them. If Seb wants to be here he has to go about his business and prove it. OTBC.

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    Egyptian canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • The more comments I read from NC players the more I admire NA. When he was appointed I was worried that he would find it difficult to command the respect of the players who seemed to look on him as a mate. Some of them were calling him Neil instead of gaffer or boss. However, he has obviously got them fired up and really motivated to put their heads down and work hard, with getting back up to the PL as their main focus. I'm delighted that my misgivings are proving to be unfounded.

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    Flying Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Bassong, Becchio and Bunn are the obvious movers. If their hearts aren't in it then we aren't interested. No room for passengers. Tomorrows game will be very, very interesting! 2 young managers with great philosophies, good players, good times~!

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    Steady On

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Like parkeg1, I`m struggling to find more than 2 possible "troublemakers". Wesley was considered by some to be a troublemaker after The Aston Villa goal non-celebration scandal. Plus, of course the "Toiletgate" remark. Surely you don`t mean Wes, do you, Uncle Stew??

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • I think his contract runs until June 2015 so we will see what happens during this season with him, he is one we'd want to keep I think. Stew Pydsodd you say we have 5 trouble makers in the quad, care to name them as I'm struggling to get past 1 or 2.

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    parkeg1

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • .....putting the square pegs into square holes is the obvious thing to do in all walks of life....something Houghton couldn’t understand!....Neil Adams seems to have sorted that out!....Still players here who would be better earning their keep elsewhere!...We have decent cover in most positions now....he must now turn his attention to losing the trouble makers!...he has made a good start there!....Easily another 5 fall into that category!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Spot on, nevermindthedanger. The players seem to be enjoying being able to play and express themselves. Tettey used to drive forward, so when he got injured, Hughton left him on the bench for months. I remember one game where Snodgrass and Redmond alternated wings in the 1st half and caused no end of confusion for the defence, so Hughton stamped that out at half-time. Nice to be able to watch a team able to play with freedom once more.

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    Colin

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Yes, that is good news. He seemed a self-effacing sort of fellow when he first joined; not the kind to go into a sulk. Since City have taken up the option, when does his existing contract expire? He has a good partnership with Bradders and did in his early days here, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Completely agree with that NMTD. interesting that he was a "want away" earlier in the summer but he now seems completely committed and is really turning it on when he needs to, on the pitch. A great asset and so glad that he stayed.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Another sign NA has unshackled those quite capable of driving forward and willing to do so .......... oh how Hughton sucked the soul out of such a talented group. OTBC and good luck for tomorrow, another challenge lies ahead ;-)

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    nevermindthedanger

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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