Bertrand to fight for his place
Ryan Bertrand says he is determined to prove Canaries boss Glenn Roeder was wrong to axe him. The on-loan Chelsea defender was on the bench for last weekend's defeat at Burnley - and he didn't like his viewing position as City went down 2-0.
Ryan Bertrand says he is determined to prove Canaries boss Glenn Roeder was wrong to axe him.
The on-loan Chelsea defender was on the bench for last weekend's defeat at Burnley - and he didn't like his viewing position as City went down 2-0.
“It was sitting there knowing I couldn't do anything about it,” he said. “I have to go out there if I am picked and show I am back.
“If anything, it spurred me on. If you get dropped of course you're down for the next few days but then you think, 'I'm going to go and show him'.
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“If you do get left out you just want to go out and show him that he should never have done that and that you're back and better than ever.”
But while Bertrand has an incentive to produce the goods for Roeder, he doesn't have a complaint.
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“I 100pc agree with him,” said the 19-year-old. “I wasn't playing as well as I could have.
“I was coming off the pitch and I wasn't really happy. I was playing, but I wasn't really affecting the game as I can. If I get the chance to play that is the main thing I want to do - show I am on the pitch and really stand out.”
Bertrand loss was Adam Drury's gain at Turf Moor, but while they could go head-to-head for Roeder's attentions today there is a chance that Bertrand will be pushed up to left midfield, with Drury behind, as was the case when City beat Sheffield United in September.
“That works if we feel that one side of us needs to attack more than the other, then me and Adam can play together, with me in front of him as a defensive left winger so we are solid down that side,” said Bertrand. “It has worked in the past - it worked last season with Mo Camara as well, so that is an option the manager has.”
The rivalry is a friendly one, and Bertrand admits he's happy to pick the brains of a senior partner.
“Me and Adam get on well on and off the pitch,” he said. “It is not you picking the team, it is down to the manager so there's no point getting the hump with each other - we are just pleased for each other.
“Just watching him in training and playing with him and getting the chance to watch him on the pitch last week you can always pick up quite a few tips off a professional like Adam - he has been around and played in the Premiership so I just try to learn as much as I can off him.”