Naughton: We’re looking for spark
PUBLISHED: 11:40 17 September 2011
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Defender Kyle Naughton is confident that one victory is all it needs for Norwich City to start making their presence felt in the Premier League.
The Canaries were set to face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium today (3pm), still searching for their first win of the season after taking just two points from a possible 12. But full-back Naughton, on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur, believes the first three-point haul will not be long in coming – and will then spark City’s campaign into life.
He said: “It will be massive. To be honest, that’s all we need, to get a three-pointer and the belief and the confidence will just grow as soon as it happens. The quicker we can get a three-pointer, the better for everyone it will be.
“I think we have been pretty unlucky, to be honest. We’ve had four good games. I can’t really say there’s one where we haven’t put everything into it and we’ve been unlucky not to get three points out of any of the four games.”
Paul Lambert’s men were seconds away from beating Stoke in their first home match, when they were denied by Kenwyne Jones’ stoppage-time equaliser. Defeats have followed at the hands of Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion, leaving City in 17th place before today’s trip north.
“I don’t really like to be reminded about the Stoke game,” said Naughton. “We did have a player sent off and we played a lot of the game with 10 men, which was hard anyway, and then to concede in the 90th minute was just horrible. But we nearly did it then and I’m sure we’ll be winning one soon.
“Everyone’s coping all right. We have a lot of players where it’s their first time in the Premier League so I think the more games we play and the more we get used to it, the stronger and better we’ll get and we’ll realise what it’s all about.
“We might just need a bit of time but I hope we can turn it on soon.”
Naughton, 22, joined Spurs in 2009 in a joint £9m move with Sheffield United team-mate Kyle Walker, but made just four first team appearances in two seasons, playing most of his football on loan at Middlesbrough and Leicester.
Now, after playing the last three Premier League games, he is enjoying a taste of top-flight football with the Canaries. “I’ve been around it now for about two years with Tottenham and I’ve always been loaned back to the Championship but I did well in the Championship and I thought it was my time to see what I can do in the Premier League,” he said.
“I haven’t really spoken to Spurs much. When I go out on loan I like to just try to get my head down and concentrate on the club that I’m playing for.”
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp fielded five youngsters in Thursday’s Europa League goalless draw against PAOK Salonika, but Naughton has had no second thoughts about his move to Carrow Road. “He is starting to put more youngsters in the squad and on the bench,” said Naughton. “Jake Livermore’s playing, who I know very well, and he seems to be enjoying getting on. But I don’t really want to be a part-time player coming on for 10 minutes. I like to be playing as much as I can so I definitely haven’t got any regrets about coming here.”