Match-winner insists City have ‘special feeling’ as survival battle heats up

Todd Cantwell congratules Canaries colleague Jamal Lewis, right, on his winner after victory over Leicester Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Todd Cantwell congratules Canaries colleague Jamal Lewis, right, on his winner after victory over Leicester Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Their survival rivals may have responded immediately but there is a “special feeling” in the Norwich City dressing room, according to man of the moment Jamal Lewis.

The left-back came up trumps for his team with a sublime strike to beat Leicester 1-0 at Carrow Road on Friday night, only for Watford and West Ham to win on Saturday and push the Canaries back out to six points from safety with 10 games remaining.

"No one believed that we were going to win the Championship last year, not even the play-offs was being talked about," said Lewis.

"We know there's kind of this special feeling around the training ground. We know it's been a tough season but we're just happy that the fans have been behind us and we know they deserve some good performances and results.

"We're just glad for every three points we get on the board and every game day we have that belief that we can get out of that relegation zone and aim for survival."

Regardless of their rivals, all City can do is concentrate on winning, and Lewis admitted it was a huge relief to back up defiant words with successful action when bouncing back from a miserable 3-0 loss at Wolves.

"Last year it was easy to do anything, you had that feel-good factor around the place, so when you feel like you're not representing the club properly with wins and results it is hard, it's tough," added the 22-year-old.

"All you can do is go out there and put your all into the performances and hopefully the fans appreciate that.

"With my not being involved in the last few weeks (before Sam Byram's season-ending injury), I saw we were putting in great performances but weren't getting the results, which was unfortunate, so it was good to get the combination of the two."

The win over the Foxes tees up an exciting week nicely, with a first FA Cup quarter-final since 1992 up for grabs at Tottenham on Wednesday and a trip to rivals Sheffield United on Saturday.

"We've played at the Spurs stadium already, it's amazing, has that kind of Champions League feeling to it," the Northern Ireland international continued.

"So we're looking forward to that and looking forward to going to Sheffield United and trying to take some points off them as well."

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