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‘The spirit at the moment is brilliant’ – Klose is loving the unity of City’s squad

City defender Timm Klose's unfortunate own goal handed Stoke victory at Carrow Road on Saturday 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

City defender Timm Klose's unfortunate own goal handed Stoke victory at Carrow Road on Saturday Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Team spirit has been at the core of Norwich City’s resurgent form and Timm Klose is proud to be one of the leaders at the heart of that improvement.

An unfortunate 1-0 defeat to Stoke may have brought an end to an eight-game unbeaten run but City head into the international break in ninth place and a point adrift of the Championship play-off places.

“At the moment we play really good football, we’re confident, it’s always nice to go on the pitch with the young lads, even the older lads!” Klose said with a smile.

“We have a great spirit in the team, even the guys on the bench, they push us, they try to be positive, it’s not easy for them but we have a good team spirit and that’s something we have to keep going and need to stay positive.

“Because we will have some games where we’ll struggle and sometimes you lose a game unlucky but obviously we want to go out and win every game – but the spirit at the moment is brilliant on the pitch.

“Every player tries to fight for the other one and help the other one, and if there is someone who isn’t performing on the level he should then we go after him and try to get him back – and I think that’s a good sign.”

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That good form featured a spike of five straight victories, including a League Cup win at Wycombe, despite a youthful streak to Daniel Farke’s team selections.

“Of course you are impressed, they are 18 or 19 years old,” Klose continued. “Ben Godfrey is only 20 years old and is a fantastic character, in training he gives 100 percent, he doesn’t play every game but every time he is there and it shows we have some great young players with great character. That’s so important for football because I believe that karma is something that will come back to you.

“If you behave well, if you train well, try to be a part of the team, you will get your rewards at the end of the day.

“That counts for Ben, for Jamal (Lewis), Max (Aarons) and all of the other young players who are with us at the minute because they really work hard and stick together – and we try to keep them together. The experienced lads – 30 and I have to be experienced! It shows that is the trend of football at the moment but it is nice if you can be that leader on the pitch with a few other lads and try to help them in every game.”

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