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SURMAN PRAISES FANS

6 August 2012

City midfielder looking forward to the new season

CITY midfielder Andrew Surman is hoping that the support of the Yellow Army can be a key factor in a successful 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season for the Canaries.

Speaking after playing the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw with MK Dons at StadiumMK on Friday night, Surman praised the fans and admitted he is looking forward to building on an impressive campaign in 2011-12.

He told Canaries Player: "It’s a bit of a cliché, but they are our 12th man really. The atmosphere is always great at home, and it’s always a full house at Carrow Road. 

“It’s massive to have the backing of the fans. Every away trip last season they were there, and even here against MK Dons we had a good following.

“You probably can’t say that for some other Premier League teams. They don’t sell their ground out and we do. The atmosphere is always great and that helps the team.”

With five goals in all competitions, last season was a successful one for Surman, who also signed a new three-year deal in the summer, and the midfielder is hoping for further improvements in the coming months.

He added: “I was pleased with the amount of games I played last season, and I’m hoping I can play more this season and score more goals so I can play a more pivotal role in the team’s progress. 

“I’m sure every player will want to do that too.

“It was just good to get 90 minutes against MK Dons. I think we played well as a team, which can be tough against MK Dons because they do play a lot of football.

“I think we gelled well and I’m pleased with my performance. It’s about match fitness now, as we’ve done a lot of running so far in pre-season.

“Everyone wants to be in the starting XI. We’ve got a big squad and there will be competition for places. Everyone wants to be in the Premier League, especially after last season was so successful.

“Every week whether you’re playing a bottom side or a top side in the Premier League they’ve got world class players in their teams, so we’ve got to go into the season like we did last season, believing we can win games.

“I’m sure that if we play the way we can do, we’ll cause teams problems just like they do for us.”

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