Bennett: We’re all in this together
Winger Elliott Bennett will not be resting on his laurels after helping Norwich City to successive Premier League victories – well aware that manager Paul Lambert’s selection options are many and varied.
The summer signing from Brighton has started three top-flight games in a row and featured prominently in Monday’s 2-1 home win over Sunderland as the Canaries fielded an unchanged side for the first time this season.
But 22-year-old Bennett is making no assumptions about keeping his place in the starting 11 in the weeks ahead. Lambert has already used 21 players in six Premier League games, and five of last season’s promotion-winning squad have yet to feature.
“The squad’s so good that any 11 players could play at any given time and do a really good job for Norwich City,” said Bennett.
“The gaffer picks the team depending on the opposition and how he best thinks we can win a game and whether that means you’re in the team or not, you back your team-mates.
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“Everyone’s pulling in the right direction and there is great competition for places, which only keeps the players who get the shirt on their toes.”
Bennett supplied the cross for the opening goal for Leon Barnett against Sunderland and, along with fellow newcomer Anthony Pilkington, supported by full-backs Kyle Naughton and Marc Tierney, he has given City plenty of attacking width.
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“I was delighted to have set up a goal but the overall thing is winning football matches in this league.
“We’ve managed to do it back to back and everyone is full of confidence after that,” said Bennett.
“You don’t normally associate a centre-half with being in the middle of the penalty area but Leon was in the right place at the right time and I’m really happy for him that he’s managed to get his goal.
“The move building up to the second goal was brilliant and it was a great cross by Marc Tierney and Steve Morison did what all good strikers do and put it in the back of the net. I’m delighted he’s got off the mark and hope it can be the start of plenty of goals for him in the Premier League with Norwich.”
Bennett felt City fully merited their first home win of the season as they moved into the top half of the Premier League table.
“I think it was a really hard-working performance and at times we played really good football and thoroughly deserved the victory,” he said.
“The way we’ve worked and some of the performances we’ve put in over the six games, we’ve not let it overawe us. Every game we’re just going to go out, give it 110 per cent and see where it takes us.”
Saturday’s trip to leaders Manchester United will be another big step for a player who was plying his trade in League One last season.
“I’ve never played at Old Trafford so it will be a completely new experience and one everyone’s relishing,” said Bennett.
“We’ve earned the right to go and play against these teams and I hope we can give a good account of ourselves.”