Korey: Patience is a virtue
Korey Smith believes patience will be the key to success as Norwich City bid to maintain their League One promotion challenge. The Canaries made it six wins in seven league games - and four in a row at home - with a 2-0 success against Tranmere Rovers in front of a 25,000-plus crowd at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Korey Smith believes patience will be the key to success as Norwich City bid to maintain their League One promotion challenge.
The Canaries made it six wins in seven league games - and four in a row at home - with a 2-0 success against Tranmere Rovers in front of a 25,000-plus crowd at Carrow Road on Saturday.
But it took them an hour to break through against the division's second-from-bottom team, and 18-year-old midfielder Smith expects more of the same as the season progresses.
“I think a lot of teams are going to come here this season and look to do what Tranmere did - sit back and try to stop us playing,” he said.
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“So we've just got to keep going and trying to get through. And we got through today. We're happy when we keep winning and we just want to keep going.”
A Wes Hoolahan penalty and Gary Doherty's first goal of the season clinched three points, but not before Tranmere created arguably the two best opportunities, goalkeeper Fraser Forster brilliantly denying Paul McLaren and Chris Shuker striking the post.
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“We had most of the possession but they got a couple of counter-attacks, which is always going to happen,” said Smith.
“But Fraser, all credit to him, he kept us in the game with an absolutely fantastic save. It was one where we all had to pat him on the back and say 'Great save, well done'.”
League victory number eight came hot on the heels of a trip to Number Ten for Smith and team-mate Tom Adeyemi after a special meeting with the Prime Minister last week.
The two 18-year-olds were among six young players from League Football Education, a partnership between the Football League and the Professional Footballers' Association, to join the two Gordons - Brown and PFA chief executive Taylor - at 10, Downing Street, in a celebration of modern apprenticeships, an event organised by the TUC.
“Tom and I went down with apprentices from other clubs and met the Prime Minister and it was a really good experience,” said Smith.
“Through our hard work, I suppose that's a treat that we've had, but we've just got to keep going - me and Tom, and the rest of the young lads.”
The premier's brief chat did not extend to discussing City's promotion prospects, however.
“He just asked us who we think is going to win the Premier League and the World Cup. There were a lot of people he had to meet so he had to move on,” said Smith.