City skipper focusing on the positives after frustrating draw with Millwall

Tim Krul of Norwich saves at the feet of City skipper Grant Hanley and Millwall striker Jon Dadi Bod

Tim Krul of Norwich saves at the feet of City skipper Grant Hanley and Millwall striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson during the 0-0 draw at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City captain Grant Hanley was keen to accentuate the positives after a frustrating 0-0 home draw with Millwall, as the Canaries moved up to third in the Championship table.

Despite 61 percent of possessions, 27 shots and six on target, compared to six shots and none on target from the Lions, City were unable to make the breakthrough.

However, Daniel Farke’s team extended their unbeaten run to six matches and kept a third clean sheet of the campaign, with a decent total of eight goals conceded during the opening 10 matches.

“We’re a wee bit disappointed that we didn’t get the three points,” said the Scot. “A home game and we’re on a good run, we were definitely looking for the three points.

“But again a good performance, another game that we’ve controlled and created chances, but it wasn’t to be.


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“The games keep rolling on and you’ve just got to take the positive and move on to the next one.”

Hanley was out of action for six months, after the three-month suspension of last season was followed by a hamstring injury just as the Premier League campaign was about to resume.

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However, he has played every minute of the six-game unbeaten run alongside Ben Gibson in central defence, conceding four goals in those games since the last international break.

The 28-year-old thinks there is still plenty of work needed defensively though, continuing: “We feel like it’s an area we’ve still got to improve on, especially as defenders, and I’m sure Tim (Krul) will tell you the same - he’ll want to have a clean sheet every week.

“We still conceded a couple of chances that we could have done better with. So we’ll keep working hard and keep looking to improve on that.”

The former Newcastle and Blackburn defender - who has earned a recall to the Scotland squad - is not getting excited about a lofty league position at this relatively early stage of the season either.

“I think it’s still a bit early,” Hanley added. “It’s an old cliché but we’ll just take each game as it comes - and this year they’re going to come even thicker and faster than they normally do.

“So we’ll keep moving on to the next game and try to keep this run that we’re on going.”

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