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BENNETT - 'EVERYONE IS EXCITED'

17 August 2012

Centre-back previews City's clash with Fulham

DEFENDER Ryan Bennett is relishing a return to the scene of his Norwich City debut on Saturday when Chris Hughton’s side travel to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham.

Bennett made his City bow in a 2-1 defeat at the Cottage on March 31 last season, after joining the Club from Championship side Peterborough United.

The 22-year-old has impressed in City colours during his short time at the Club, and will be looking to help the Canaries get off to a flyer against Martin Jol’s side.

He told Canaries Player: “I think it is very important to have a good start. 

“You look at teams and how quickly they can pull away, and if you don’t pick up results you can find yourselves slipping.

“We want to aim to pick up as many early points as we can and hopefully we can do that.

“I think everyone is excited, players and fans alike. It’s been a long pre-season trying to get to this first game and now it’s finally upon us.

“Our aim is to pick up as many points as we can and get results where we can. 

“It was the same last year and we’ll try to build on that again. 

“Fulham have done very well. They’ve been in the Premier League for a long time now, and it’s no surprise when they do turn big teams over. 

“It’s going to be a hard game, like every game in this league, but it’s one we’ll look to put our stamp on.”

With eight Premier League games under his belt already, Bennett is hoping to continue his development with the help of experienced Premier League campaigner Michael Turner, who joined from Sunderland in the summer.

“Michael Turner is a very good player, and I’m sure I can learn off him,” said Bennett. 

“He’s a good leader to have in the squad, and hopefully we’ll be able to strike up a good partnership.

“I can feed off his experience. I’ve not played a lot in the premier league, but he’s got the experience and he’s a top guy as well.

“It was hard coming in in January then going back to Peterborough on loan. 

“It’s been good this year to get a full pre-season under my belt and hopefully I can take that into the new season.

“I don’t think there were many surprises last season, because you see so much of the Premier League on television. You know players are going to be better than in the Championship. 

“What might take you by surprise is the tempo.

“We’ve a really good bunch of lads here, and I’m sure that whoever has come in, it hasn’t take them long to settle."

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