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4 January 2013

Former Peterborough man looking forward to FA Cup clash

CANARIES defender Ryan Bennett is relishing a return to former Club Peterborough United in the FA Cup with Budweiser at London Road on Saturday.

The 22-year-old centre back signed for Norwich City in the January 2012 transfer window after a successful two and a half year spell with the London Road side, and will come face-to-face with some former team-mates should he start.

Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough team have won four of their last five matches so come into the game in fine form, but Bennett insists that whatever team Chris Hughton chooses will be desperate to progress to the next round.

He told Canaries Player: “It’s going to be exciting, but it’s just another game and I’ve got to prepare as normal and not try to think about it. 

“It’s my old surroundings so there will be things I’m used to seeing on a regular basis, and in that sense it will be nice but as I say I’m taking it as just another game.

“I haven’t spoken to many of the lads [at Peterborough] about it because they’ve been busy with what they’re doing, but I might have to have a few words before the match – it should be good.

“They [Peterborough] are on a good run and have beaten teams at the top, and also the teams around them in the league like Barnsley. 

“Me having played there I know how they play and they’re going to have results like that. They play a very attacking game and go for everything. 

“I’m expecting a hard game, and they won’t change the way they play. They’ll want to knock the ball around and attack us any way they can, we know that, so we need to deal with it and try to get a positive result.

“We’ve lost four in a row now, but before that we were unbeaten in ten, and we need to focus on that too. Peterborough aren’t going to be taken lightly though, and we want to win.

“Inside the dressing room we are still confident and we know that if we continue to work hard then we’ll continue to get results. 

“Every club wants to do well in the FA Cup, and having done so well in the Capital One Cup, I’m sure this is going to get treated the same and we’ll want to push and get as far as we can.

“The team will be the manger’s decision obviously, but any team that we go with I’m sure will be strong.”

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