‘It’s a chance to win a trophy and play at Wembley’ - Godfrey up for the Cup as he urges City fans to bring the noise
PUBLISHED: 11:08 03 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2020
Ben Godfrey has urged Norwich City supporters to bring the noise as 9,000 fans prepare to travel to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old returned to City's starting line-up at Wolves following a period sidelined with a knee injury. He featured in the victory over AFC Bournemouth in January only to receive a red card on his return.
City boss Daniel Farke described Godfrey as being pivotal to the Canaries survival prospects earlier this season. Grant Hanley earned a reprieve following Godfrey's dismissal and the Scot has impressed since his return.
Christoph Zimmermann's injury lay-off has propelled Godfrey back into the side, and the England Under-21 international is hoping to cement his place with positive performances.
"I've never missed that long out through injury. It was tough to deal with and I was gutted about that. Mentally I was on the up because I was coming back but when I came back, I got sent off [against Bournemouth]. You feel like you're on a downer again," he told the club's official website.
"It's an experience I've learned from, it's made me stronger and playing two 90 minutes back-to-back recently after that spell out, I feel really good physically.
"I worked really hard at the training ground to make sure I wasn't not up to speed and I could slot straight back in if I was picked."
City travel to Spurs hoping to reach the quarter-final of the FA Cup for the first time since the 1991-92 season. Godfrey is hoping the Canaries supporters can take inspiration from the League Cup tie at Arsenal in 2017.
"It's great support, I think a couple of years ago the club took similar numbers to Arsenal as well. It does you wonders as a player - it gives you that extra yard.
"They just need to make sure - this is a message from the players - that they're loud for the full 90 minutes. It does make a huge difference.
"There is a lot of hunger in the group. The boys are desperate to get out there and perform and it's a chance to win a trophy at the end of the day, play at Wembley as well and go down in history at the club.
"We're all looking forward to it. It should be a good one - cup games are always exciting."