'We have to remember we belong' - Lewis delivers major fitness boost for Canaries

PUBLISHED: 06:00 01 November 2019 | UPDATED: 09:25 01 November 2019

Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis is fit and raring to go at Brighton Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis is fit and raring to go at Brighton Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Jamal Lewis has declared himself fit and ready to play his part in Norwich City's Premier League trip to Brighton.

The Northern Ireland international made an early second half exit during last weekend's 3-1 defeat to Manchester United after feeling ill at half-time.

But the 21-year-old is raring to go as City look to back up a first away clean sheet at Bournemouth. Lewis caught the eye at the Vitality Stadium with a number of attacking forays, and the defender feels he has handled the step up to the Premier League.

"I think I've settled in really well and I'm playing some good football. The (last) weekend wasn't a great one for me though, I was feeling a little bit ill," he said. "I went into the game not feeling 100pc but I knew I could try and help the team. I had to come off in the second-half but I'm feeling a lot better now.

"Other than that, I feel like I've performed consistently well so far and helped the team where I've been able to.

"Obviously, I'd like to help the team a little bit more, especially in the final third of the pitch, but mainly I'm a defender and I have to help out at the back.

"We were a little bit disappointed with the United game because our performance against Bournemouth gave us a stepping stone to push forward.

"But I think we can still look at it that way. A 0-0 draw away from home is always good and if we manage to replicate the same performance, I'm sure we'll be able to nick a goal because we have an attacking style. The boys are looking forward to it."

Lewis insists confidence remains intact despite five games without a top flight win since beating Manchester City.

"Sometimes, you need to find your rhythm. Those performances (Newcastle and City) have shown what we can do, not just to the supporters but to ourselves as well," he said, speaking to the club's official site.

"Especially now, those games feel a long time ago now. We have to remember that we belong at this level.

"We had a terrific season last year, even though it's in the past. It's good to just remember what you did to get here and that can always push you on for the future.

"Some lads came in last year and were only used to winning. There were a few rare losses but over the course of last season, we were just winning and putting in good performances.

"We are still training hard and looking really motivated so hopefully we get a couple of things to click and we can start collecting some more points."

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