Ryan Bennett’s assured return to Norwich City’s Premier League line up was a testament to the defender’s patience.

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The England U21 international’s previous top flight start this season came in the heavy opening day defeat at Fulham. Bennett has since had to settle for a bit-part role during the club’s renaissance before grabbing his chance at Goodison Park after Michael Turner was ruled out through injury.

“The first game was a big defeat and quite rightly the manager had to change something and he chose to change the back four,” he said. “I think everybody has seen the lads who have come in, Barney (Leon Barnett) came in at first with Seb (Bassong) and they did very well together.

“I was watching that and I was happy for them. If they’re doing well, nothing’s going to change. Then Turner has got his chance to play alongside Seb and everybody has seen in the last six games how well they’ve done. I think I saw somewhere they didn’t concede for five hours of football, which is a great achievement in this league. It was nice to watch that and pick up what they were doing in training. The manager made his decision and they’ve proved his decision right, really. They have done very well for him and the results have picked up, so fair play to them.”

Bennett is poised to retain his place alongside Bassong at the heart of the Canaries’ backline for tomorrow’s test at Southampton after a solid showing on Merseyside.

“It was very nice to be back. It’s been a long time,” he said. “It was nice to get a chance and we got a good result and I thought it was a good performance. I hope I can get an extended run now. That’s what everyone wants and I’m no different so hopefully I can continue to play and continue to do well.

“It was very good to play alongside Seb. I see him every day in training, and as I say I’ve watched games that he’s played with different partners this season and I know the qualities he has and he will know mine so he complemented me well. He’s a good leader.”

Bennett revealed he is no stranger to Rickie Lambert or St Mary’s after his previous stint in the lower leagues with Peterborough.

“I played against him a couple of times in the Championship. He’s a good player and I hope we can stop him,” he said. “Every time I’ve played against them their attacking players have done very well. They’ve got the new lad, (Gaston) Ramirez, who I’ve not seen before and I’m sure they’ll come as a good attacking unit to us. it has been well documented the amount of money they’ve spent.

“They’ve started to pick their performances up and we know it will be a tough game.

“They have good quality in their side, which is no different to any side in this league. We know they’re going to work hard. We will have a plan and we’ll go out there and give it our best performance and I’m sure if we play well we definitely have what it takes to win.”

7 comments

  • It might be something on the end of your finger Brew!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Spot on Timbo, plus we have "Leaders" throughout the backbone of the team: JR, Bassong, Tettey and Holty. JR`s confidence and assertiveness have burgeoned under Watson & Hoots plus his England involvement. Also we have the likes of Whittaker, Cafu and Hoolahoop. In fact all of them, really. No longer is it all down to Wonderhorse to drive the team on. Well done, Hoots!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • I wonder, had RP not made that `U`-turn back from deepest Wales, he might have been playing for Liverpool now? Or on their bench. Rodgers must have wanted him at Swansea, so.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • This must be about the first time in 20 years we've actually got a little strength in depth to cover for injuries !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • On another thing Chris Martin came on for swindon at half time and DI Cannio seems to think it was a mistake to bring him on. Compared CM's contribution of not much to that of Chris Iwelumo who was Notts County's loan player who put himself about . Not a happy Swindon manager[see swindon evening advertiser]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Had a look @ the SEA, Wiv but couldn`t find item. CM must realise he`s in the Last Chance Saloon ref his football career. Surely he`s not lost his thirst? Interesting that C. Palace didn`t follow up last season`s loan spell with a bid......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Sorry, "RB". Keyboard markings worn out!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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