Ryan Bennett confident Norwich City will ensure Premier League survival – and he will beat his personal frustrations

Ryan Bennett is hoping for a few more starts before the season is done. Ryan Bennett is hoping for a few more starts before the season is done.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
4:55 PM

Ryan Bennett admitted this season has had its personal frustrations, but the young centre-back is confident Norwich City will see themselves to safety come May – and that he will have helped play a big part in the Canaries’ journey.

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The 23-year-old made his 10th start of the campaign in the FA Cup draw with Fulham on Saturday, and looks destined to beat last term’s tally of 15 on his second full season in the top flight.

Bennett still appears definitively behind Sebastien Bassong and Michael Turner in Chris Hughton’s defensive pecking order, although the latter’s hamstring injury sustained at Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day may offer Bennett the chance to enjoy a more prolonged run in City’s starting XI.

“Obviously those two are first choice and that is something I’ve grown to understand,” said Bennett. “It’s hard sometimes sitting on the sidelines, coming in to play the one game and not doing too bad, and then coming out again. So it’s quite frustrating but it’s just what you’ve got to do in football and I will carry on keeping my head down and hopefully play some games now.”

A tough trip to Everton awaits the Canaries on Saturday, as they look to avoid following last season’s post-Christmas winless trend.

With fewer points already on the board this time around, their Premier League survival arguably depends on it.

“We had a few more points this time last year and I think our form from now until the end of last season wasn’t great – and we know that,” added Bennett.

“But we have got games coming up now every month that we can win, and that’s something we’re going to have to do to stay in the league.

“I think everyone in the dressing room is in a positive mood, and we can easily do it.

“You’ve got to be positive in every game. Obviously Everton have been in good form this year, they’ve only lost two games, so it will be a hard place to go to.

“But hopefully we can go there and put in a positive and good performance, like we did against Fulham on Saturday, and beat them.”

10 comments

  • Agree! I've been making this point for a while now. Let me start by saying this is NOT a "I want Paul Lambert back" styled statement. People on twitter seem to assume thats what I want when it isn't. In the Lambert era (even in the Premier League before someone nit-picks) he would always say "we WILL do this & we WILL do that"....even if we all know what he was saying was near impossible. It sparks belief. With Hughton his press conferences and interviews make me border line depressed. They always go along the same line, "we will TRY and do this and TRY and do that. But we must be careful because (insert ANY team name here) are a good side and could score". I dont doubt for a second that Hughton isnt a brilliant coach, great no2, but for me though he struggles as a manager. If his interviews are anything to go by I dont think i'd be overly motivated as a player either. The whole club seems a bit down in the dumps through alot of what he says and what he sets out to do on the pitch. I hope this changes as last season I always said if we stayed up i'd give him until Christmas with his new signings to see if we've moved forward and we've not. If anything we've moved backwards.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Give the boy a break. He might need to choose his words more carefully but his attitude on the pitch can't be questioned

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    Dave T

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • What a statement “But we have got games coming up now every month that we can win, and that’s something we’re going to have to do to stay in the league". I am sorry but any decent manager or player come to that shouls see every game as winnable, is this the attitude that CH has bred into the players, I really hope that is not the case.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Ryan Bennett saying we had more points this time last year and struggle after Christmas does not fill me with confidence.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Everyone seems to be able to talk about what is needed but so far there is little evidence that they know how to do it!

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    la barbe

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • ryan, perform well and you will be first choice centreback. every game should be seen as winnable by the team and coaches, anything less can set up a defeatist mindset and that , of course, should be left to us nervous fans !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Where does the original negativity come from though? Only natural its filtered through to fans.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • With all the negativity here (as usual) I am wondering why no player has asked to leave. Indeed some have even lengthened their contracts.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your performance to meet your expectations. Is what I'd like to say to RB and CH. But CH doesnt have that kind of mentality. And that is why we're underperforming.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • I don't see why Bennett has to accept the other two central defenders should be first choice - on the evidence this season he is better than both of them. Unfortunately Hughtons opinion is the only one that counts.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, January 8, 2014

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