Ryan Bennett wants Norwich City to be the settled club in Premier League’s survival fight

Ryan Bennett wants Norwich City to reap the benefits of being a settled unit behind manager Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ryan Bennett wants Norwich City to reap the benefits of being a settled unit behind manager Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Friday, January 24, 2014
5:32 AM

Ryan Bennett believes Norwich City are right to stick with their settled principles – and with manager Chris Hughton – in order to remain a Premier League club beyond this season.

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The situation around Carrow Road eased with Saturday’s win over Hull; build-up that included monumental pressure on the current City boss.When needed, City have given Hughton a positive result – a knack eluding plenty of teams now below them in the table. Four of the Premier League’s bottom five have already changed manager this season, while of the rest only Swansea and West Ham have the same man in charge as last term.

“It’s always going to be like that with the criticism,” said Bennett. “We’ve gone 12th in the table and there are a lot of teams below us in the same situation with a lot of managers under pressure, and a few have already gone this year.

“But we don’t want to be one of those clubs. We are settled here and we work as hard as we can every day. That’s why we’ve got a great group.

“We turned up at Fulham the other week and there was a (“Hughton Out”) banner as we were getting off the coach. There’s no need for that.

“As players we see that, and it spurs you on to think you don’t understand what they’re thinking. That’s the way they are and they’re entitled to their opinion, whether we agree with it or not.

“We know – everybody knows – how tight it is. Hopefully now those who were grumbling can relax a little and maybe get behind us a bit more.”

The FA Cup means top-flight respite this weekend, with hostilities returning on Tuesday night as City host Newcastle before a trip to bottom-side Cardiff.

“We’ve got a few games coming up where we feel we’ve got a great chance of getting some points,” said Bennett. “We’re still a long way from where we want to be, but hopefully we will keep as tight as we are now and push on.”

21 comments

  • Looking forward to Bennett getting a good run in the side. He has undoubted talent.

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    ncfc boy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • It must be that time where we havent got a game on saturday as the 'news' stories are appearing...

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    smalltownboy

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • At current rate; 31 for, 60 against. Liverpool and ManC may be licking their lips. We`ll survive - on 36 points.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Agree chap. Last season we literally never scored from anything but a free kick or corner. I remember moaning about wanting us to score from open play. Looking back, we were lucky to get that back then, as while we only scored from set pieces, we were mostly solid at the back. Now were neither. If we can stop shipping silly goals its a huge start.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If you have nothing to say......wheel another player out to give a feel good message and state the glaringly obvious . Personally I'd prefer Paddy Davitts analysis, and the players to take all this positivity onto the field of play and through actions rather than empty words, give the fans something to be proud of, rather than what we have had to tolerate for most of this season so far!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I also like Bennett as a player and actually think he and Turner may be the better centre half pairing right now as Bassong does not seem to have his head in the right place. That may be because he has been made captain and cannot deal with it, only he knows. I am not a great fan of the current manager or his style of football and like many other season ticket holders, am thinking long and hard about renewing this season, the big problem is, most of us put "our Team" before those currently in employment at the club so many will give in and enroll once again.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If he claims that works then yes lol! Adrian Durham claimed the same thing on the radio the other day regarding the Hughton out Poster. On a side note Durham claims a source of his who is a current NCFC player and played under Lambert & Hughton (blatantly Russell Martin) talks to him via txt and on the phone regularly and says a majority of the lads are all behind Hughton but accepts performances have been poor generally. Obviously thats only Durhams view and usually hes quite up for winding the NCFC fans up but worth noting that hes likely to get a more honest opinion than that publicly given to the media face to face if you get me. I dont believe the talk that all the squad are unhappy and sure a majority are all behind him. But the squad certainly choose to question him enough and something doesn't seem to transpire between training and going out there and doing it on the pitch. Wait and see. Cant see Hughton going anytime soon so whether your a hater or lover of Mr H I think hes here for the remainder of ths season at least.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • "Spurs you on to think you don't understand what they're thinking." Ryan must be easy to motivate. Any philosopher should do. Should we all bring "Hughton Out" banners on Tuesday to inspire the players?

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    DB

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Most of not a lot = very little, LYB. Précis post ether.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Surrey Canary, I think you've mis-read the comment. He did not say it spurs them on to perform better. He said "it spurs you on to think you don’t understand what they’re thinking". It's just poorly-phrased.

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    red_imps_2003

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Most of not a lot doesn`t amount to much, LYB. At the current rate we`ll get 31 for the season. Goals against would be 60. We still have to play Liverpool (7 last time), ManC (7 last time), Chelsea (3), and Arsenal (4). OMG, Fulham too. The mighty Fulham, our Nemesis. Yet JR has kept 8 clean sheets so far this season. No more abject surrenders indicated. Please.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Mattias333 .... You can 'e' mail them re the Academy Donation. This is quick and easy and actually works. I would never think of giving up my season ticket on the basis that most managers, successful or not, are transitory and move on relatively quickly unless they are at one of the top 6 clubs. This nightmare will end one day....guaranteed!! Ryan Bennett sounds a bit too optimistic for me....but hey you have got to have hope.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • I think by and large the players have got the idea that there's a number of fans that aren't too content with the status quo, but Hoolahan aside they're obviously happy with what they have to work with and feel they can do better with it. Funnily enough last season our main goal source was set pieces. This season it has been mostly open play that has delivered. If we keep it up up with the latter and get the former back online then we'll be in good shape. Snodgrass is key to set pieces so let's hope his progress back to his best continues.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • OMG, isn't CH doing that "Quenelle" salute that got Anelka into all that trouble?

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Did the poster spur them on? What would have been the result if they hadn't been 'spurred on'?

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Well said TK. Fans have a right to voice there opinion and it speaks volumes when a huge majority do so. While I dont pretend to know who I would want in charge (I certainly know who I wouldnt want!) I cant see a long term future for Hughton. With every day of the window passing I do start to feel Sacking would make things stupidly hard for who ever came in, it wouldnt make it impossible. We do have a good squad here. Certainly better in my eyes than at least 3 teams in the relegation battle. Having a good squad and getting results from them is two different things though. Its not always the better teams that survive, its the teams who accumolate the most points via results who stay up in the fight at the bottom. Ryan Bennett claimed seeing the Hughton out banner made the team want to win even more....does that mean negative thoughts from fans, caused a positive reaction? Cant be that much a of bad thing then. In terms of Ryan Bennett im a massive fan of his. Really hope he gets a decent spell in the side. Do feel following Hughtons usual trends he will dump Bennett the minute Turner returns. Im not a Turner hater either just feel Bennett is not only the future but the present as well and more deserving that sitting around doing nothing, especially with how bad we've been. Hopefully we can start grinding out results as thats the best we can hope for under Hughtons tactics. We managed at start of last season, god I won loads of money based on NCFC keeping clean sheets in first half of last season. No reason we cant again. Just hope we produce for our two quality strikers while we at it. Not asking alot right ;)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Im on auto renew, always will renew what ever league were in or however awful a manager in charge. Glutton for punishment aint we all! I however am thinking long an hard about the big youth donation. Its a good cause but how many other clubs do this and how many other clubs include it in the price with the only way of opting out being to ring the club, sit on hold for 30 minutes and ask to have it taken off, where they then forget and you get charge for it anyway (like I did last season). Surely it should be the other way round where you just tick a box or get asked if you want to opt in or out. Anyway thats off topic lol. Agree about Bassong. Clearly a good player, we saw that last season. Was a rock with him keeping so many clean sheets and without him leaked from every possible angle. However were leaking this season with him, and hes looked a shadow of himself. The spurs season ticket holders I know claim they would never have got champions league football without, where as the Wolves fans I spoke to before they were relegated claimed he was woeful. I'd like to think its the captaincy issue. Many goals were letting in, im seeing him constantly looking around, pointing his arm at players, telling them things etc....and IMO its effecting him focusing on his own job. Without the armband he looked cool, calm and collected even under huge pressure. This season hes losing his man, making rash challenges and looking anything but cool calm and collected on the ball. That appears to spread to the rest of the team. Not totally the answer but I do feel a deep lying central midfield coming to collect the ball off the back 4 would help them hugely, in the same way Carrick does for Man Utd and Leon Britton does for Swansea etc. Saves the back four having to go long everytime. Sadly we go for the more defensive approach with Bradley Johnson who despite lots of effort and muscle isnt the man who can come deep and collect the ball from Bassong for example and then supply it to the men who can cause danger like Snoddy, Redmond, Fer etc.....just my two cents anyway. :)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • If you don't have anything new to report then don't bother, copy & paste from another report with a bit of Saxo, that's all this is!!

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    kevin

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Autorenew is ok I do the interest free DD and you can forget all about it - unlike matters on pitch and boardroom. Imo Danny and his lot do a v good job.

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    el dingo

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Many fans are unimpressed by the CH style of play and despite a last minute win against a poor Hull side, still feel we are too close to the dreaded drop zone. Calling for the manager to go, is their only way of letting the board know they are not happy. Sky did not get the club where it is today and without loyal support the club would have folded way back so do not question the fans right to protest.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 24, 2014

  • Superb, Ill look into that. I do interest free DD too. Tried it for the current season ticket and other than first 3 months worked quite well. Only negatives despite opting out of the kids donation they still charged me and refused to knock it off despite complaining. Then 3 months running they failed to get the correct bank details and threatened me with action on the 3rd attempt for non payment dispite it being NCFC fault. Once I aquired the speed dial for the head lady in accounts problem solved and not had any issues since paying monthly and likely will do that again next year (hopefully watching Premier LEague football)

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 24, 2014

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