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Christoph Zimmermann: We got our rewards

5 August 2017

Christoph Zimmermann believes Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fulham on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship is early evidence of hard work bearing fruit.

The Canaries had trailed for over an hour following an unfortunate own-goal from Russell Martin, but rescued a dramatic point when Nelson Oliveir netted late on.

Speaking to Norwich City TV after the match, Zimmermann said: "It's emotional for the whole team.

"Playing at Fulham, it's an unbelievable club. To be down by one goal for such a long time then to equalise after set-backs and a long pre-season, it's a reward.

"It was obvious to everybody what a positive effect it had, not just for the players but for the supporters. It doesn't feel like victory but gives us confidence.

"We're leaving with a good feeling."

On making his debut for the City, the towering centre-back added: "It was as hard as I expected, maybe even harder.

"Fulham have great quality in their squad and great offensive players. They caused some problems for us and in the first half were unbelievably good in possession.

"You could see in the end how fit physically we were, as well as in the head to take good choices. The substitutes were fresh from the bench and helped us to get a point.

"All the players who are new were looking forward to their first competitive match for Norwich City. Everyone did their best in the preparation and on the pitch."

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