Hoolahan happy with life at Carrow Road
Norwich City winger Wes Hoolahan has promised the best of him is yet to come in a yellow shirt.The 26-year-old former Blackpool star was dropped to the substitutes' bench for the first time on Saturday, but came on during the second half to help inspire the Canaries to a 1-0 win against Sheffield United at Carrow Road.
Norwich City winger Wes Hoolahan has promised the best of him is yet to come in a yellow shirt.
The 26-year-old former Blackpool star was dropped to the substitutes' bench for the first time on Saturday, but came on during the second half to help inspire the Canaries to a 1-0 win against Sheffield United at Carrow Road.
And the Republic of Ireland international is promising to hit top gear over the coming weeks.
“I'm happy enough; I think I can play a lot better,” said Hoolahan. “I'm still just settling in and it takes time for things to happen, so hopefully by the next couple of games, things will start happening.”
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But he admitted he had no worries about finding himself outside Glenn Roeder's starting XI at the weekend, it is simply the difference between his time at the Seasiders and Carrow Road.
“It's a team game, it's a squad game and I'm just glad I got on and contributed to winning the game,” added the Irishman. “That's what it is, it's a team game here and hopefully I can do that for the rest of the season.
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“Norwich City is a huge club. There are a lot of fantastic players here and it is a step up from Blackpool. I've got to adjust to that and hopefully, by next year, we'll be hopeful of the play-offs.
“I love a bit of competition. I think it makes you a better player and makes you hopefully be a squad player, so I'm enjoying that at the moment.”
City's win over the Blades was the first victory in front of their own fans in four attempts this season, but Hoolahan believes it will count for nothing if they fail to produce the same again against Barnsley, at Oakwell on Saturday.
“Yeah, it was good to get the first home win this season and it sets us up now for the rest of the season. I think we've been playing well at home and away, so it was good to get the three points.
“But there's no point in winning the last week and then all of a sudden going to a team like Barnsley, who you're expected to get three points from, and losing.
“They are bottom of the table, so I think we need to win away from home against these sorts of teams to have a chance of getting into the playoffs or being in the top two.”
Hoolahan's performance at Cardiff last month drew some sharp comments from his manager after the game, but the playmaker insists he does not see it as personal criticism.
“No, I just think I had a bad first half and Glenn is the manager, so you've just got to go with what he says.”