Cantwell was determined not to feel fresh pain against Cherries with City leading yet again
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Having allowed a lead to slip in six of their last 10 games, there was “no chance” that Norwich City were going to let Bournemouth fight back at Carrow Road, insists relieved midfielder Todd Cantwell.
The Canaries had seen Arsenal, Sheffield United, Leicester, Wolves, Tottenham and Crystal Palace all leave them crestfallen as crucial top-flight points slipped away in the last two months.
England Under-21 ace Cantwell admitted that pain was channelled into the scrappy nature of the closing stages against the Cherries, as the hosts fought hard to earn a crucial three points in the Premier League survival race.
"We've been in that position before where we've slipped up and lost points, or drawn games that have felt like we've lost.
"So I think everyone felt that at 1-0, there's no chance we're letting that happen again.
"As an attacking player it's not always about getting goals and assists, it's about taking the pressure off the defence, maybe taking an extra couple of touches to invite the foul and calm the game down a little bit.
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"Obviously when it went down to 10 men versus 10 men, it felt like they had a bit of momentum so I just tried to kill that off."
Teemu Pukki's penalty in the 33rd minute, after Cherries captain Steve Cook had denied Ondrej Duda a debut goal with a deliberate handball which earned him a red card, was enough to cut the gap to safety to six points with 15 games remaining.
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But Ben Godfrey was also sent off for City in the 77th minute, after a heavy tackle on Callum Wilson, leaving the hosts in need of plenty of fighting spirit against the desperate visitors.
Cantwell was named the sponsors' man of the match at Carrow Road for his committed and exciting display - and is feeling good about his team's survival prospects ahead of Wednesday's trip to Tottenham.
"We're positive," the academy product continued. "I don't think we've been beaten up by any team, so there's no need to be down and to expect anything other than tough games when you're in the Premier League.
"If we were playing poorly and getting thumped every week then maybe it would feel different, but the fact that we are playing football and we are playing well, it's not so hard to be down there."