‘That’s what I love’ - Sorensen relished his challenging City debut at Brentford
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Jacob Sorensen was thrown straight into the Championship deep end at Brentford, being given just a few minutes’ notice of his Norwich City debut, as emergency cover at left-back.
The Denmark Under-21 international had been included in a match-day squad for the first time ahead of the 1-1 draw but when Xavi Quintilla dropped out of the starting XI with a hip problem the midfielder was needed at full-back.
The 22-year-old explained: “I found out when I was going out to the pitch again, when the other guys came in for the game and they told me I should go in now, so four minutes before kick-off!
“I was just glad to play, that’s what I love.”
He continued: “Everybody helped me. Especially before the game everybody said ‘relax we’ve got your back, just go out and play and enjoy it’.
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“So that was a big help.”
The right-footed summer signing has experience at centre-back but it was his first proper experience of playing at left-back, so he tried to keep things simple.
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“First time, I’ve never done it before,” he continued. “I had to be clever and try not to over-do things, to be solid.
“I think I did okay. I began to feel a bit tired and then came some mistakes but overall I think it was alright.”
City switched to a 3-5-2 formation in the 68th minute with the Dane on the right of defence and one of the substitutes, Kenny McLean, found a late equaliser with a deflected shot from the edge of the box in the 87th minute.
It was the fourth game on the spin that a late goal had earned the Canaries points.
“I think we showed good character again and kept going, kept our heads high on the pitch,” Sorensen added.
“We always got the feeling on the pitch that we could do something.”
City did have to thank Tim Krul for some crucial saves when the Bees were leading 1-0 however and Sorensen is thrilled to be playing alongside the Holland international.
“He’s brilliant,” the defensive midfielder concluded. “The league’s best goalkeeper, I think, without knowing everybody.
“He’s brilliant with his communicating and everything.”