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BENNETT PRAISES DEFENCE

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09:12 27th November 2012

by Jonny Lally

Defender relishing return to action

NORWICH City defender Ryan Bennett has praised his defensive colleagues after making an impressive return to the side in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League draw with Everton.

The England Under-21 international hadn’t started in the league since an opening day defeat to Fulham, but after impressing alongside Sebasiten Bassong at Goodison Park, could feature against Southampton on Wednesday night.

However the former-Peterborough United centre-back was quick to point to the good work done by Bassong, Michael Turner, and Leon Barnett in his absence.

He told Canaries Player: “The first game was a big defeat, and the Manager decided he had to change something, and quite rightly he changed the back four.

“I think everybody has seen the lads that came in did very well. I was watching all that and I was really happy for the lads. Leon Barnett played, and Michael Turner then came in and the last six games he played with Bassong have been superb. 

“It was nice to watch that and pick up what they were doing in training.

“For me it had been a long time since my last league game. It was nice to be back but the lads who have played in between have been brilliant and the results have shown that. 

“It was nice to get a chance to come back, and we got a good result and a good performance.

“Everyone wants to play, and I’m no different, so hopefully I can continue to play, and continue to play well.

“It was good to play with Bassong. I see him every day in training and I’ve seen him play with a number of different partners.

“I know his qualities, and he knows mine. He’s a very good leader and we complement each other well, and the goal was a real bonus for him.”

With City’s unbeaten run extended to seven games against Everton, Bennett is keen to maintain that at St Mary’s, but knows Nigel Adkins’ side – who come into the game on the back of wins over QPR and Newcastle, will be formidable opponents.

He added: “We know that Southampton will be a tough game as every game is, and hopefully we can continue our form and performances in that game.

“Every game in this league is difficult. I’ve played there a couple of times in the Championship, but since then we’ve brought in a lot of quality. 

“We know they’re going to work hard and we’ll have a plan. I’m sure if we play well then we have what it takes to win.

“I’ve played against Rickie Lambert before when I was at Peterborough in the Championship, and we’ll be trying to stop him on Wednesday night. He is a bit similar to Grant Holt, and I think everybody knows his qualities and they are well documented now that he’s playing in the Premier League.”

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