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BENNETT RELISHES RETURN

31 January 2015

Winger Elliott Bennett happy to return to starting XI against Blues.

ELLIOTT Bennett believes Norwich City were unfortunate not to take all three points as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

The Canaries had the better of the opportunities, with Blues academy graduate Nathan Redmond calling goalkeeper Darren Randolph into action in the opening half, before Russell Martin had a header cleared off the line in the closing stages.
 
However, the visitors had to settle for a point against an improving Birmingham, and after the game Bennett told Norwich City TV: "It was frustrating; we had the lion's share of possession and at times moved the ball really well.
 
"We just didn't have that real goal threat we've had throughout the season. There were some times where we looked good and there were a couple of near-misses, but it wasn't to be.
 
"On the whole, compared to last week, it was a marked improvement, and you can start to see what the gaffer wants us to do. We wanted to win the game, and if anyone deserved to, it was us.

"It's full credit to the team for keeping a clean sheet. As the gaffer said in the dressing room, if we can keep clean sheets and get it right at the other end then we're a force to be reckoned with."


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Bennett was one of five changes made by manager Alex Neil following the 2-1 home defeat to Brentford seven days ago, meaning a first City league start since August for the 26-year-old.
 
Having spent time on loan at former side Brighton & Hove Albion as part of his rehabilitation from a serious injury, the winger is delighted to be back in the frame at Carrow Road, commenting: "When you get the chance to play, you've got to impress to stay in the team.
 
"The gaffer's come in and changed it by throwing people in like myself and Seb [Bassong] who hadn't played too much before. I must have done alright in training to get the chance to play today, and hopefully I can repay his faith in me by working hard to stay in the squad.

"I want to be involved, and to try and have an input when I get the chance. I'm really thankful to get the opportunity today, but it's just a start and hopefully I can build on that to stay in the team for a longer period.

"It's great to be back and hopefully we can kick on next week. I try to take every day with a smile on my face, and just enjoy it because thing change fast."


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