Alex Pritchard says there is even more to come from him after recently returning to first-team action for Norwich City.
Pritchard made two substitute appearances against Preston North End and Cardiff City, before starting City’s last two matches.
“I’m fit,” he said at Thursday afternoon’s press conference. “I’m not in top shape, but the 90 minutes against Leeds really helped me and I’ve got another week’s training under my belt so I’m getting fitter and fitter. Just playing football is always a nice feeling.”
Pritchard says the team have been fitter going into the closing stages of games this season, and hopes the team will reap the benefit.
“Last year we weren’t fit enough and we needed to do more, and we are doing more this year,” he said. “We conceded a lot of goals at the end of the games last season, and we’re not doing that anymore so the training regime helped.
“You don’t want to come to the game and be playing against players who are fitter than you. You get to the end of games, when some players are switching off and getting tired, if you’re still fit and sharp you can really feel the benefit of that, and you can capitalise on that.”
With City facing four matches in nine days, Alex Pritchard says he’s looking forward to the intensity over the festive period.
“We’ve been sharp in training this week, and we know we have to step up because this Christmas period is crucial,” he says. “It’s hard to not look into the run we have coming up. Every team is hard to beat, but we need to pick up points. We know we have to win games, it’s that simple.”