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5 October 2012

Norwich City captain previews Saturday's game

FRESH from his first goal of the season against Liverpool last weekend, City skipper Grant Holt has reiterated his belief in the squad’s ability to turn good performances into results ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The match at Stamford Bridge will see Holt return to the scene of his first-ever Premier League goal – a superb flick to level the match at 1-1 before 10-man City eventually lost 3-1 last August.

Manager Chris Hughton is looking for a response from his side following last Saturday’s below par display at Carrow Road against the Reds, and Holt insists the squad are up to the challenge.

He told Canaries Player: “It’s that old cliché that it’s a marathon and not a sprint, so we’ll see where we are in the end.

“We did what we did last year which was finish 12th – a massive achievement for us, and we know we’re good enough to do it again. 

“We’ve brought people in like Robert Snodgrass and Sebastien Bassong, but it takes time to gel. We’re learning and at some point we’ll be all right. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing, and we’ll achieve the main goal which is to stay up. 

“No matter what anyone tells you, we’d have been as happy last year finishing 17th as we were finishing 12th.

“At this moment in time some people are judging saying we’re not winning, but we’re playing and performing well. 

“We’re disappointed that we should have got three points at against Spurs, West Ham, and QPR. If we did nobody would have batted an eyelid.”

In between defeats at the hands of Fulham on the opening day and Liverpool last time out, Hughton’s Canaries have impressed with a string of performances that have deserved more than the three points they currently have, but Holt is confident that things will soon start to change.

He added: “Hopefully it’ll swing around. Last year we conceded five penalties in the first five games, which was unheard of. After that we didn’t concede many, so it’ll turn around, the balls will start dropping the other side, and things like the ball that hit Snoddy [Snodgrass] against Liverpool will go in and not over the bar. 

“That’s just the way football is, it’s a crazy world, but hopefully it’ll turn in our favour quickly.

“Wins aren’t easy to get, wherever you go it’ll be tough. We go to Stamford Bridge at the weekend, and we know they’ve got unbelievable players.

“Last year we got it to 1-1, then John Ruddy got sent off and we lost 3-1 – that’s how fine it is. 

“We’ve just got to keep on doing what we’re doing and keep believing that we’ve got enough quality players in the squad to win matches and keep a clean sheet.”

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