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HOLT ON SWANS WIN

9 December 2012

Captain thrilled by three points

NORWICH City captain Grant Holt was delighted to come away victorious from the Liberty Stadium for the second season running after grabbing a goal and an assist in a 4-3 Barclays Premier League win.

Holt grabbed the third of three first half goals for City as they went into break 3-0 up, only to see Swansea mount a brave fight back, until Robert Snodgrass’ free kick sealed the three points.

It was the skipper’s fourth Premier League strike of the season, and comes as a fitting reward for the fine form he and the team have shown in an incredible unbeaten run which now stretches ten games.

The goal scorer told Canaries Player after the game: “I love playing here. It’s one of those stadiums where the fans are really passionate, and when their second goal went in the roof nearly came off! 

“We kept them quiet in the first half, then gave them a goal too early in the second and they got on our backs.

“It’s not the ten games [that’s so impressive], it’s the teams that we have played in those ten games – Manchester United, Arsenal, and Everton away. 

“It’s the people we’re doing it against, not just the so called lesser sides, but teams near the top of the division.

“We’ve been happy with our performances, we’ve been working hard defensively, and you can see that in the first half today with the way we moved as a unit and stopped them playing. 

“You know they’re going to have a lot of possession, and we counter-acted that well.

“For my goal I got the block on the two lads, and thankfully got my head on the ball. 

“To get the goal is good, but I’m not really too fussed about my own form, as I’ve not been putting loads over the bar. I’m just pleased today that I got one chance and put it away.”

The victory moves City up to 11th in the table with 22 points – nine points clear of Sunderland in 18th place, and just goes to show what a fantastic run the team has put together after a difficult start to the campaign.

To continue that with three points at Swansea – a notoriously difficult place to get a win away from home, is another brilliant achievement, but Holt was happy enough with the three points.

He added: “It’s a fantastic result and it’s a hard place to come. The first half was fantastic and although we’re a little bit unhappy at the goals we conceded in the second half, a win is a win, and you’d have taken that at the start of the season and at the start of the day, so we’re happy.

“We were happy after the first half but we knew they were going to come out [and attack]. 

“We were disappointed we gave the goal away so early, because if we’d have held on for ten or 15 minutes longer then the fans may have turned, and if Bradley Johnson’s shot that hit the bar went in it would probably have been the end of them, but fair play to the lads, we ground it out and we got the win.

“The goals are chalking up now, we’re sharing them around, and we’re getting into good areas, and with the quality out wide we’ve got, we’ve been doing well from set pieces. We’re happy that we’re doing well as a team.”

To watch the full interview on Canaries Player, click here.

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