Elliott Bennett has denied Norwich City’s season has run out of steam after getting the points on the board to secure Premier League survival.

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While a second top-flight campaign was finally confirmed on Sunday thanks to Queens Park Rangers’s comprehensive defeat at Chelsea, City have arguably had enough points on the board since their home victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers in March.

Since then, Norwich have taken four points from six games with Saturday’s loss to Liverpool City’s third successive Premier League defeat.

But with a trip to Arsenal on Saturday lunchtime before City host relegation-threatened Aston Villa on the final Sunday of the season, Bennett remains keen to see City’s campaign end on a high.

Asked if the Canaries were hitting the buffers, Bennett said: “Nah – we’ve played Manchester City and obviously Blackburn away we were disappointed losing 2-0, and then we have come up against a Liverpool side and we weren’t playing to our best and we have been punished.

“There are not too many times this season you could say we haven’t been up to it, and unfortunately the game against Liverpool was one of those days.

“It’s massively important to end on a bit of a high, because it would be a shame to waste all the hard work and some of the great things we’ve achieved this season and haven’t achieved in the last few games.

“We will be looking to put it right this week in training and give a good account of ourselves at Arsenal, and then hopefully put another performance on for the last game of the season. We will have a good think about what we could have done better and then put it right.”

Three seasons of success at Carrow Road have been built on City’s fabled team spirit under manager Paul Lambert, and Bennett acknowledged the climax to current season represents the sternest test of the Norwich dressing room.

“Definitely – and we will all pull together,” said Bennett. “We have still got two football matches left that we really want to win. Hopefully next week at Arsenal we can put the Liverpool performance behind us and then against Aston Villa we can do the same.”

Liverpool’s victory at Carrow Road provided the perfect warm-up for their FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley, as this season’s Carling Cup victors go in search on a domestic cup double.

But Bennett refused to be drawn on whether Kenny Dalglish’s Reds will have enough to dispatch Roberto di Matteo’s rejuvenated Blues in the capital a few miles west of the Emirates and a few hours after City’s 12.45pm Saturday clash.

“It’s always going to be a brilliant match, at Wembley for the FA Cup final, and I couldn’t tell you who I think could win because on the day it could be anyone,” said Bennett.

“It’s going to be a really good game for the neutral to watch, like myself, and I’m sure it will be a really good spectacle for everyone.”

17 comments

  • I guess you could say that Spurs ran out of steam when they played us? These things happen to all teams and may be one of the effects of running a squad system, especially with a new squad of players who have not had enough time to gel together as much as a more settled team would. This not intended to be a criticism of PL but more a reflection on our rapid progress. The recent run of results has been disappointing to put it mildly. It shows that we need to be on top of our gain in every match as even the relegated teams are quite capable of uypsetting other teams on their day.

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    andy

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • DEEDS, speak far louder than words Elliot!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • Hey Docohno, three submissions and the spelling was just as bad. Take more care with your typing & people might understand you.

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    MickH

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Looking at his tag line I see he's a simple legend, I agree, though not with thr lrgend part.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • The EDP has voted Ged troll of the season..won it by a mile, with Billythebookie coming in a shameful second... Better luck next season lads, for yourselves and your football clubs;)

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • PS. I imagine the "Nah" was journalese and the grammatical bits were Elliott`s own.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • i agree not running out of Steam, but have bags packed n ready for the Beachs and have had since the Win at Tottenham that made us Safe...Man City you can understand with the Class they had on the pitch, Blackburn was a Travisty and as for the Liverfool Game...Well no words are able to describe that game...Maybe we can do ArsNil at the Emirates with Holt and Vaughan up front & Hoolahan running the show from the start...

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    CanarySid

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • You are a hot little tomale Els. You certainly steam me up. Nah, you don't need to worry.

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    Sian

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • To paraphrase a Tina Turner song, Ged is Simply the Best troll around. With the emphasis on simple.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • No Benno. We are. And you are one of the worse culprits. Up your game or ship out! Ged - Simply a Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • Ged, welcome back from Suffolk. You are indeed a leg-end and we have missed you badly ! By the way, as our self-appointed spikesman you at the top of the NCFC transfer list at the end of the season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • These last 2 months of the season were always going to be 'challenging', so let's reflect, and praise, on a good [nee successful] season to date. Mission to stay in Premier League accomplished. Next season, to finish higher than this, and become 'established', which may take 2 more seasons.

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    Soglio Star

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Looking at his tag line I see he's a simple legend, I agree, though not with thr lrgend part.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • INDEED Algarve! An ELL of a lot :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 2, 2012

  • Being misunderstood is the story of my life.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • Looking at his tag line I see he's a simple legend, I agree, though not with thr lrgend part.

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    DocOhNo

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

  • "Norwich City are not running out of steam says Elliott Bennett" - Errrr, yes they are, but lets reflect on that further after the match at the Emirates!

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    Cap Canary

    Thursday, May 3, 2012

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