Video and photo gallery: No mental scars from Norwich City’s relegation for Elliott Bennett

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett knows what is required. 
Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett knows what is required. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, July 24, 2014
7:30 AM

Norwich City midfielder Elliott Bennett is confident there will be no mental scars from relegation as the Canaries bid to bounce back from the Championship at the first attempt.

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Bennett was sidelined for the majority of last season after suffering knee 
ligament damage in the Premier League opener against Everton but the 25-year-old is convinced Neil Adams’ squad will show their mettle ahead of the opening day trip to his former club Wolves.

“Everyone is really looking forward to the new season,” said Bennett, speaking from the club’s training base in northern Italy. “Last year was hugely disappointing and we are not looking for a repeat of that, we expect as players that we can win plenty of games and get promoted.

“It is a really, really happy camp and the gaffer has brought in a couple of new faces who have fitted in straight away. We are in a beautiful location and that just makes the training a lot more enjoyable when you are in such a superb setting, but we are down here to work and work hard and we all realise that.”

Bennett was part of an open session on Wednesday night at the club’s Chatillon Saint Vincent location, which replaced a scheduled friendly against Serie B side Livorno. City’s opening tour match against Novara was also shelved, with Norwich hammering a regional select team 13-0, but Bennett is looking at the bigger picture.

“If the second game wasn’t going to be right after the first one when the opposition was not as strong as it needed to be then I feel the right decision is to train, get the miles in our legs and then on Friday we have a sterner test in SC Bastia,” he said. “You can’t really place any store by games in pre-season.

“You could win every game 10-0 and still lose the first couple in the league. We’re under no illusions what pre-season is really about and that is the manager drilling into us the way he wants to play, getting our fitness right and making sure in that first game we are ready to go.”

18 comments

  • Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • Buckett, he speak with forked... fork. And knife. And spoon. And chopsticks. That`s why he`s such a forking feedlotter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Well said dingo. Totally agree. Comes over as very grounded. The right kind of attitude you want in your squad! Honestly hope he stays clear on injury and goes on to have a really good season as hes been fairly stop start since joining through injury or others in the team playing so well hes limited to sub appearances.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I love EBenno too, I really do. On the occasions I have heard him interviewed by Chris Goreham he comes across wonderfully well, second only to Cafu. I know Pilkington seems a sicknote but he is one of the few genuinely two footed players about. We must not give Redmond away for £5-£6 million. Keep him - you say you don't need to sell for the sake of it Bowkett - so particularly in this case DON'T.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Is it just me but I have never been enthralled with Tetty, I don't think he is very skillful but I think some fans have been suckered in last season as he did fly about a bit although this usually found him out of position. Think the fans just liked to see someone trying which was a rarity last two seasons.

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    goldie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Surrey Canary - was that the one which another contributor referred to a while back? A newspaper headline read "Dunces with Wolves". May have even been the old EDP, pre-Archie. I cannot remember who the contributor was.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Great to see Benno in action, his attitude, athleticism and passion are a real cause for optimism. I am more excited about this season than any since PL. Laffetrty and Grabban are excellent additions. I honestly believe that we need one really experienced leader on the pitch... Scott Parker... But we really should push. Also interesting to see Van Gaal thrashing LA Galaxy with my favourite formation which suits NCFC to a Tee... For me, we have 3 real formation options Grabban RV wes Olson Johnson surman? E Bennett Garido (why not) turner Martin Ruddy Grabban lafferty Pilks Johnson surman Redmond Olson turner Martin whits Ruddy Grabban rVW Wes Surman Bennett Johnson Olson turner Martin whits Ruddy Lots of options... The biggest issue is central mid and pairing Johnson with somebody. I have always like Surman, way more than howson, but we still have Tettey and Fer to consider too. Lots of options. My only concern is that Hooper looks significantly overweight. The muscle of Grabban and Lafferty plus the rekindled creativity of Wes, Surman, Redmond & Pilks means that this really could be a new start for RVW. I hope so.

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    mikeskisandflies

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Rather scary but I was actually thinking the same thing the other day. Im all for young players getting a chance but ill hold my hand up and admit I hadnt boarded the Josh Murphy train of support last season. I just wasnt sure if long term he'd make it but going off his attitude towards the end of last season, his interviews this summer and most importantly his performances during the friendlies, im willing to admit I was wrong. Looking a great prospect. Championship level defences aint quite what they were in the PL as well. Imagine your an average championship full back and you've had Bennett or Redmond running at you for 75 minutes and suddenly you breathe a sign of relief because one of there numbers is held up on the board to be subbed off......then you realise just who is coming on and its one of the Murphys fresh from the bench full of energy ready to finish you & your clubs chances of a win off. If and its a big if it goes to plan we could be in for some great entertainment this season at CR.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Anyone remember the 5-1 thrashing at Wolves in the cup many years back - Derek Dougan era. Time for revenge I think...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Plus we have Josh, and maybe Jacob, Mattias? With the right coaching and general environment, these two could be great assets (Machianalli twitches. Assets=Cash...). I think Redmond would be better on the right, same as Benno. So Murphy\Pilks on the left? I`m not absolutely sure what the preferred foot of either player is. It would be a great bonus if Pilks could be restored - and stay free of injury. It seems Norwich have taken up their option on his contract, so we`ll see. I just hope Neil has time to settle his starting squad and get them to gel. We don`t want a thumping at Molineux. The players have to "show up". It`s down to them.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Agree Brew. Before his injury I remember saying one time that he wouldnt be a regular starting in the PL as long as Redmond and Snodgrass were there. In fairness that was likely quite fair as well rather than any conspiracy. However the minute we sold Snodgrass the 1st thing I thought about wasnt "wow how much money for him" or "thank god" or anything like that. It was actually the thought of both Redmond and Bennett starting in the same line up. Each to their own but in my past experience managing (obviously at a much lower level), ive always been a huge advocate for wingers with pace running at full backs (usually playing on there stronger foots side). In the right games I can see Redmond and Bennett destroying sides. Redmond is still young and learning and yes his decision making isnt always the best, but he put many of the worlds best full back on their behind last season, so at a level down surely he will flourish. Another thing with Bennett & Redmond is they are both extremely grounded young men. None of the attitude you normlally associate with professional footballers. In my opinion how much success we have this season, could come down to how injury free these two wingers are.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I remember some cracking attacking games with Pilks and Benno swapping wings and that was in their first Prem season. It really is like having two new players. Let's just hope they stay fit and can cause some damage to defenders in a lower league.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Positive comments from a good player. Just the tonic we need.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Agree, NMTD & Flying Canary. Lambo was very patient in his pursuit of Benno (please note, Hyacinth, PATIENT). It was a great loss to the squad when he was injured. Perhaps Hughton would`ve had an alternative to Lefty Snodgrass? Chances are, Bennett would have been bench-bound with Bunn and Becchio.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Def; a fans favourite--all the best for this season Benno

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    superfan59

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Top lad, great attitude. He'll be a major player for us this season.

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    Flying Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Many a great season has been preceeded by some terrible pre-seasons results for City, and vice a versa. OTBC

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    Cap Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • A fully fit Benno will be like a new signing, of top quality .......... good luck Elliot, can't wait to see you in full flow attaking down the flanks .......... another reason to look forward to the coming season .......... OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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