Butterworth - Togetherness is key
Chris Lakey Canaries number two Ian Butterworth says Norwich City players must come to work with a smile on their faces - and keep the Carrow Road faithful happy. Butterworth was alongside manager Bryan Gunn for the first time on Tuesday evening as City twice fought back to claim a deserved 3-3 draw at Championship leaders Wolves.
Canaries number two Ian Butterworth says Norwich City players must come to work with a smile on their faces - and keep the Carrow Road faithful happy.
Butterworth was alongside manager Bryan Gunn for the first time on Tuesday evening as City twice fought back to claim a deserved 3-3 draw at Championship leaders Wolves.
It was a unified performance which the one-time City defensive lynchpin wants to see more of.
“Togetherness is the key element in any successful team,” he said. “If you're not working well together it's a pain coming in each morning and if everyone isn't pulling in the same direction.
“They showed great togetherness the other night and that's got to continue. We want them coming through the training gates smiling, looking forward to training and giving 101pc to Norwich City Football Club.
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“We don't want to let the fans down, they've been superb all season, the gates have been fantastic for a team that's struggling at the bottom and that's credit to them.
“Hopefully that will continue and they'll get behind the lads and the players will carry on and show the same passion that the fans are.”
Butterworth will have winced at some of the defending on Tuesday, which is why the club will be active in that department when the loan window reopens next week.
“We scored three goals away at the league leaders,” he said. “I don't think many teams will take away four points from a team like Wolves, simple as that.
“But you're going to get games from time to time with individual errors, obviously Rusty (Darel Russell) was disappointed with his slip, it's the old thing really, he should have cleared it straight away in a dangerous position.
“Obviously the first one with (David) Marshall, it spilled out, but individual errors, that's football. People make them. It's just how you respond to them, and hopefully that we can tighten up.
“I've always said that defending is a collective thing, you can't just pin things down on the back five, we've all got to be aware when possession turn over what our role and job is.
“But at the end of the day it's about what we do with the ball as well and I've been impressed with a lot of the players. I think we're going to create chances and hopefully that way we're a hard team to beat.”
Butterworth has only been at City for a matter of days, having left Hartlepool to complete the Bryan Gunn Dream team - but believes he has already seen plenty of the plus and minus points.
“There are areas that we've identified that need strengthening, but the main thing is that the lads show the enthusiasm and commitment like they did the other night,” he said. “We are in a bit of a dog fight.
“We don't like saying that, but results have been pretty good over the last few games. But there are areas that need to be strengthened but I can see straight away we've got to put a bit more detail in certain areas.
“We've got to provide a positive environment for them to blossom, that's the main thing. We've got to prepare them right and hopefully they can express themselves. It was pleasing the other night, it wasn't pleasing the couple of goals we conceded but that's mistakes, that's football, but the commitment and the drive coming back from 3-2 was excellent and the lads need that every single game to end the season and a couple more wins in the next games might give us a bit of breathing space.
“It's going to be tight, it's going to be tough. There are other teams that could be dragged into it but we need to make sure that we can climb away. That's what we're looking at the moment.”