Veteran full-back Adam Drury believes attacking ambition is what has made Norwich City’s Premier League return more successful than their efforts in 2004-05.

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Drury was Canaries captain as Nigel Worthington’s men earned the second-tier title eight years ago, but City slipped out of the top flight after just 12 months at English football’s top table.

This time around, the 33-year-old has played his part in ensuring Norwich will enjoy successive Premier League campaigns – and all secured during his testimonial season marking more than 10 years of service at Carrow Road.

And the left-back is clear on why Paul Lambert’s squad have been so successful in recent years, and what has set them apart from what happened last time out in the top flight.

“It is a tight knit of lads, especially this season and that’s the reason we have done so well,” said Drury. “The team bonding and the unit we have got has been fantastic.

“Maybe this time we’re a bit more attacking as well. We go out to win every game this time, whereas maybe before we would try to contain teams and thought, ‘Right – don’t get beat’.

“This time we go into every game thinking we can win it, no matter who we are playing. You have got to have no fear and the manager sets us out like that. Whoever we play, he sets us out with an attacking mindset and we take the game to them, it’s as simple as that. You go and win, that’s what it’s all about.”

The Canaries’ campaign is set to last a bit longer than some, with Drury’s testimonial match against Celtic at Carrow Road taking place on May 22 – nine days after City’s Premier League finalé at home to Aston Villa.

“The lads have been giving me a bit of stick about that so it’s gone down well, but they’ll get a good present out of it,” Drury told Goals on Sunday.

“It’s been fantastic so far, how far we have come this season and what we’ve done has been brilliant. And with a testimonial at the end, it tops it off nicely.

“The older lads, when I was young were telling me to enjoy it – and I’m now the older one telling the younger lads to enjoy it and telling the stories of going up and things like that.

“It has been a roller-coaster at times but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. There are a lot of worse places you can be, that’s for sure.

“We had a bit of a turnaround at one stage, where in two or three years the manager changed two or three times and that never helps. The players changed all the time at one point two, where we had about 10 loans during the season and you never get a settled side and don’t get to know any of the lads, and that makes it really difficult.”

12 comments

  • It's tempting to be flippant and say, "*only* form of defence", but who can really complain about this approach after two promotions and an entertaining season in the Premier League? Now it's time to mature into a consistently performing side at this level by conceding fewer goals and scoring more goals on a regular basis, while still entertaining the fans. Not an easy task, but not beyond us. We only need to halve the 'goals against' and double the 'goals for' to be up there with the Manchester clubs next season!

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    Robin Hood

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • On the other hand - one more of "not getting beat" would have made us mathematically safe

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • I don't read that as being a description of Norwich, B Inners, just a comment of the position City find themselves in, considering everything that AD has witnessed over his 10 seasons with us. That said, I did see him out shopping with his son, who was dressed in full Chelsea kit!

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Pot kettle Billy Paynter... coming from a fan whose team shipped 5 against Blackpool and 7 (seven) against Forest.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • I would start by learning how to defend first.

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    billythebookie2000@yahoo.co.uk

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • A bit harsh Goldie. I do agree however. A child ought to be allowed to make his own decision regarding which team he or she supports. Support Chelsea live somewhere else, support Norwich stay at home. All choices :-)

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Soglio - it was a full size kit that Drury swappped with Dennis Wise a long tiime ago

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • "There are a lot worse place you can be". Hardly a sparkling description of Norwich!

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Adam is a top class defender and well worth a testamonial. He has been a great servant to NCFC and is many of the fans favorite team member. I have enjoyed watching him since his arrival,one of the most consistantly good players. Comments about his son wearing Chelsea kit is pathetic, the commentor obviously hasn't any children or the sad comment would not have been made.

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    goldie

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • Adam has indeed been a great player for this club however unfortunately he is now out of his depth if indeed he was ever good enough at this level. If he is given a new contract I will be worried. Never have young legs been needed more at full back and his aren't young. If you want to know why our results have tailed off after Christmas look no further than the team sheet! AD playing equals very few points. Sorry to be negative but it's true. We went down last time with him at full back too.He's a Championship standard player I'm afraid, end of. OTBC ILWT

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    baguio

    Friday, April 27, 2012

  • Goldie, you have read what you wanted to read into my comment. AD has been a top servant to City, though perhaps his son would rather he played elsewhere. Had I seen AD wearing the full Chelski kit, your comment would be valid.

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

  • I fail to understand where all these "whingers" come from, and why they bother to inflict us all with their negative comments. Drury is one of our best players, and has probably got another season in him. I wish him all the best and thank him for his honest football and loyalty to NCFC.

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    tom the taxi

    Thursday, April 26, 2012

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