Audio: ‘Isolated’ Grant Holt happy to do his bit for Norwich City and his team-mates

QPR's Shaun Derry and Grant Holt do battle at Loftus Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images QPR's Shaun Derry and Grant Holt do battle at Loftus Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, February 4, 2013
9:32 AM

Grant Holt admitted it has been a little more lonely up front for Norwich City this term than his previous campaigns in yellow.

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Grant Holt claims the ball during Norwich City's goalless draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus ImagesGrant Holt claims the ball during Norwich City's goalless draw with Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

But when the sole aim for the Canaries is remaining a Premier League club come the summer, the City skipper is more than willing to turn in a bit of personal glory for the club’s greater good.

And for that very reason, Saturday’s draw at Queens Park Rangers should be a pleasing one – leaving with Norwich 14th, seven points clear of the bottom three and only two from Stoke in 10th.

“I think it does feel like a very useful point,” said Holt. “They are a team that the last few weeks have got a lot to play for, they’ve bought a few different players and spent a bit on Thursday.

“But we know what we had to do. We came with a plan of moving them and we were unlucky with a couple of chances, and to be fair the draw was probably a fair result.”

Key to that were two penalty incidents – Tal Ben Haim’s late push on debutant Luciano Becchio, which Holt admitted he did not see – and Jamie Mackie’s second-half tumble.

Fortunately City goalkeeper Mark Bunn maintained his 100pc success rate when facing penalties in a City shirt to save Adel Taarabt’s spot kick, and in turn make amends for his trip and Javier Garrido’s poor back pass.

For Holt, it was due reward for Bunn’s efforts since he filled John Ruddy’s gloves in November.

“It could be massive save, especially for us,” said Holt. “It was a big moment. At that time on the clock we had a bit of momentum and we were a bit disappointed with how we conceded it, but that’s football and Bunny has done brilliantly.

“He has had his critics over the last few weeks and I think he has stood up to that, and his two performances this week have been unbelievable.

“It is never easy to come in sitting behind John, all of a sudden John gets injured and it is a bit different with goalkeepers because you don’t really get a go unless you’re starting.

“So he has been fantastic in training, it’s been good what he has been doing and although at first it is hard to come in with what John has done, I think he has been fantastic the last few weeks.”

Holt feels he is finally getting back to his sharpest following his hamstring issues over the festive period – and Chris Hughton’s side are doing likewise.

“We just stripped it back,” said Holt. “We looked at a few videos and realised what we did in the early part of the season. We’ve had a few changes in between, a few knocks and injuries, and it is never easy.

“But in the last few games we have gone back to what we do best, which is working, pressing and working as a team, and we’re certainly getting the rewards at the moment.”

Holt added: “You have got to get used to doing the job the manager and teams asks of you. It’s a lot more isolated than I would want but you get on with it. I can only do my best for the team and as long as the lads behind me are looking at it and appreciating what I do, then that’s fine by me.”

Rangers’ plight deepened over the weekend as teams around them picked up points – and although the number of points likely to be needed this season is expected to be lower than the usual, City target remains adding four wins to their current points tally of 28.

“I think when teams are around you in that so-called group of 10, you have at least got to take something off them,” said Holt.

“We know what we want to do and we are not worrying about the bottom three. We are just working on the target of getting to 40 points as quickly as we can like we did last year. That is all we look at. We don’t look at who has done what.

“We go into every game and try to get to 40 points and hopefully we will do that sooner rather than later.”

17 comments

  • The Black is slimming! Good old Holty, lets see how you gel with Becchio and Kamara.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • We have 4, maybe 5, winnable home games to come + Wigan away. Surely we`ll pick up a further 10-12 points? I really enjoyed the innovative humour ref Holty`s dietary proclivities and this "diving" thing. Very versatile comments from the Hermaphrodite Hydra. Amazingly witty. We are not worthy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Interesting stat becclesboy. The others have dropped points too! The 2 Villa dropped @ Everton on Saturday kept that 7-point margin. Had they held on to their lead, the gap would be down to 5. We cannot rely on the others dropping points forever, we must win some. There is plenty of scope for that - it`d be a major implosion to prevent us gleaning enough to stay up. Fingers crossed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Holt's "contribution" to norwich's cause is usually .. DIVE ....DIVE....DIVE.... He appears to have been sussed this season, doesn't he!

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    Liz Knott

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Snott life must really be hard for you , poor deluded cretin that you are . What makes you think that anybody cares what you think , about anything , loser !

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    mjc75

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • 10 games unbeaten = 10 points clear. 8 games without a win = 7 points clear. 2 points off 10th. Must admit that by reading certain posters on here I am looking at the wrong table, we are obviously cut adrift with no hope and will sink like a stone through the leagues over the next 10 years.............

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    becclesboy

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • With the amount of running that GH does, I'm amazed the chap isn't in rehab for being a size zero waif. As someone else pointed out, he's over used in some manners with being everywhere, no wonder he doesn't get the chance to score as much as he did. Which once again brings back my point for the need of a top midfield player who can tackle, win the ball and hold it up and has vision and passing ability. We now have enough people to put it in the net, we just need them to be there, in the right place when the decent balls arrive. There's no point having your main goal scorer doing a 50-50 shift as a defender if he's not available to score goals.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Spot on, Bootneck. Holt is trying to do the work of three men. He is a gem.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Les, don't forget that towards the end of last season other teams had started to suss out PL's tactics and as a result City only won 2 of their last 13 games. He's carried on in much the same vein at Villa and they currently have the worst goal difference in the league. I don't know if you saw their game against Newcstle in midweek but he played with a flat back four and virtually no midfield, which meant that whenever a Villa forward lost the ball it immediately arrived back in the Villa penalty area. He changed things around a bit in the second half but by that time the damage had been done. Great manager for the 3 years he was here, took us from the bottom of League One to the middle of the Prem, but not the man to keep us in the Prem year after year methinks. Contrast Hughton, who well might be. He recognised what the problem was and has started off by shoring up the defence, just in the same way that Arry has started off for QPR. Their last three home results have all been 0-0, against Spurs, Man City, and our own beloved City, not bad going for a team right at the bottom. They could still go down, obviously, but at least Arry has started to sort it out a bit. Likewise Hughton. Give him time. The two forwards bought in last week could just be the start of something different.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Would like to see the big man up front more , he seems to play as more of an emergency centre half at times . He's never had much pace , loses all of it when having to operate box to box . But Special K might free him up a bit , here's to hoping .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • The rumour is that "The Mercenary" still insists on using "all you can eat" Buffets to satisfy his legendary appetite. This is despite his £90k a week wage packet. He's often very isolated in these establishments, everyone knows not to go near him while he's eating. HoHo. Ged - Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • You sort of get the feeling that Lambert's mantra of "If you can't win, make sure you don't lose" has become a noose round CH's neck of "Don't lose"? Basically, don't take risks, get just enough points to keep us up, no heroics, son. So on that basis, 13 games to go, 7 points plus GD for them all to make up, in Hughton I Trust, stodgy draws to follow, plus a few wins picked up if they happen. Board rules, OK? Four up from bottom seems to be CH's orders for 20123?

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    Les Lee

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Although I'd prefer wins, every draw against the likes of QPR (is it true they call themselves the bottom?) and their ilk is 2 points they can't get.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • I dont think that we can rely on one point draws against moderate opposition to keep us up as there will the big clubs where we get beaten

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    leslie cater

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Do you think that he's wearing those pink boots because he lost a bet?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • A good argument Johnny Gavin Lives. We have limited resources, which are now just in the black after years in the red and CH is working within what McNally will allow him to use without sinking the ship. There is no sugar-daddy to bail us out and nor should there be. McNally should be teaching Business 101 to the whole of English Football, and especially to our troll-breeding Snotty friends south of the border. The defence is performing better, when they are all healthy, and now CH is building the attack but it seems that we are not there yet with the midfield, despite the number of options that we have. We can make it through the second season and build for the future. OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • It is really so patronising for the fans when players get wheeled out to put their names to "feelgood" articles like this!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

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