Forster wants the silverware
Michael Bailey Goalkeeper Fraser Forster today insisted he was a relaxed man as he saw off an attacking barrage to help City secure promotion. Michael Nelson scored the only goal of the game at Charlton Athletic on Saturday to enable City to bounce straight back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster today insisted he was a relaxed man as he saw off an attacking barrage to help City secure promotion.
Michael Nelson scored the only goal of the game at Charlton Athletic on Saturday to enable City to bounce straight back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
Forster was man of the match with a string of fine saves to earn a 20th clean sheet of the season and help the Canaries preserve their lead in the second-half as the promotion-chasing Addicks searched for the equaliser.
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And the modest on-loan Newcastle United keeper says his performance was inspired by the belief instilled in him by manager Paul Lambert since he arrived in Norfolk.
“It's what I get paid to do, and it's nice to make the saves when required,” said Forster.
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“But the back four headed everything and really limited what I had to do - they were absolutely fantastic.
“It was a very big game. They threw a lot at us in the second half but it was nice to get the job done - it's great to get it all confirmed.
“We were under a lot of pressure on a very hot day, and everyone was brilliant. We really worked Charlton and I thought we deserved the win.
“It's definitely my best feeling in football, to get promoted here.
“It's been a fantastic season and the fans have been brilliant wherever we have gone.
“The manager has been brilliant with me. He fills you with belief and has filled the whole team with belief, and it's good to push on and get the result here after indifferent results that didn't really reflect our season.
“It felt relaxed (at The Valley). I think it suited us.
“So it was a good game for us and obviously a tough one against another footballing team - it was perfect.”
Forster can celebrate a double promotion, after his parent club also secured an immediate return - in Newcastle's case, to the Premier League.
Whether that means a return next season for the likeable keeper is anyone's guess, with Steve Harper firmly rooted as first choice at St James' Park.
But for now, Forster is happy to enjoy being part of a promotion party - although he insisted the real celebrations will not begin until City lift the League One title.
“It's brilliant for both teams to go up and they'll probably be closer to the divisions they should be in, so I couldn't be happier really,” said Forster, who put chants of 'Boring, Boring Norwich' from Charlton fans at Saturday's final whistle down to sour grapes.
“It doesn't really matter as long as you win. A win is a win at the end of the day and you don't get any more points for playing good football every week.
“We've played a lot of good football this season and this was about coming and getting the result, and we've done that.”
City need just one point from their remaining three games to be crowned champions and on Saturday face Gillingham at Carrow Road - a side without an away win all season.
“It's not job done yet, not in my eyes or any of the players eyes,” said Forster.
“We want to go on and win the league. It would be brilliant to get a winners' medal, so hopefully we can do that on Saturday at home against Gillingham.
“It would be perfect to do it in front of our own fans if we can go on and win, it should be absolutely brilliant at the weekend.”