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STEVEN NAISMITH: WE GREW INTO THE GAME

30 July 2016

Canaries lose out to German opponents

STEVEN Naismith believes Norwich City's second half showing against Hannover in their final game of pre-season on Saturday offered signs of promise ahead of the new campaign.

City found themselves two goals down at the interval, and although the visitors added a third shortly after the restart, Alex Neil's men quickly rallied to pull themselves back into the contest.

Despite ultimately falling to a 3-2 defeat, a pair of smartly-taken Wes Hoolahan goals before the hour-mark illustrated the home side's capabilities in attack.

"We had a slow start, and they pressed us very high from the off," Naismith explained to canaries.co.uk after the match.

"They got the rewards from it but as we grew into the game we sussed out the way they were playing. We showed with a bit of patience we could break them down.

"In the second half you could see that especially. We created chances against a good team, so it was a good test for us.

"Apart from the first half an hour we came through it pretty well."

With City's warm-up now complete, they have seven days to prepare for their opening Sky Bet Championship game at Blackburn Rovers next weekend.

"The squad's ready and the boys have been working hard throughout pre-season," the 29-year-old added.

"It was good to get back out into the familiar surroundings of Carrow Road. We're now looking forward to getting into the league fixtures.

"Everybody is happy to have the competitive stuff starting now. Hopefully we can start off with a few good results."



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