Adam Drury: Attack has been Norwich City’s best form of defence
07:30 26 April 2012
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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.
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.”