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Ben Godfrey: It feels unbelievable

2 March 2019

Ben Godfrey praised the character and determination of his teammates to fight back in the second half and claim their 20th league victory at The Den.

A Shaun Williams header sent Norwich into the break with a 1-1 draw, cancelling out Marco Stiepermann’s opener in the 16th minute.

But a bullet header from Christoph Zimmermann and another superb finish from Teemu Pukki gave City another crucial win away from home against Millwall.  

Speaking to canaries.co.uk after the game, Godfrey said: “It feels unbelievable. Some teams come here and really struggle because it’s not an easy place to play and they make it difficult. They are very direct and in your face, so to overcome that and get the result we did is massive and it shows the character we’ve got in the squad.”

Godfrey said they were disappointed to concede just moments before half time, but knew they had the quality to go on to win.

“It never feels good to concede a goal especially in those circumstances where it’s the 45th minute and we’ve done it a few times this season which we are not too pleased with,” he said. “But we’ve got character and you have set-backs in games and it’s important that you pull through, stay in the game and then when you get the opportunities you take them and we did that.

“We’ve been in much stickier situations than just 1-1 at half time, so we knew as long as we stay in the game, we’ve got quality up top and in the whole squad to create chances and we back ourselves to do that. We took our chances and it’s massively important when you come here because you don’t get too many

“We’re a tight bunch at the back and we kept talking and organising, we stood together and a lot of it was about first and second balls. We showed our maturity and we enjoyed doing it which the boss said we had to do.”

The 21-year-old has been a regular fixture in the centre-back role alongside Christoph Zimmermann for the last few months and said he is learning a lot from the experienced players around him.

“As a young lad playing at this level, especially with how well we have been doing, it’s great and I am learning every day. I’m really fortunate to have people like Timm [Klose] and Grant [Hanley] around me as well Zimbo, and despite them two not starting today they are always helping me and teaching me things and using their experience to help kick me on to the next level.

“Tim [Krul] has played at the top too so we know what he is capable of and we know if we are going to win games you need a keeper like that in there. They save you points every season and we are fortunate to have Tim here with his experience and his ability.”

Godfrey was also pleased to celebrate alongside as Zimmermann as he got his first league goal of the season.

“Teams that are up the top have their goals spread out all over the place," he said. "Obviously we’ve got Teemu who always pops up with a goal, but it’s important that your midfielders get some, your defenders chip in now and again and I was buzzing for him as my centre back partner at the minute. I saw what it meant for him and it was a massive moment for him, and what a great game to do it in.”

Godfrey sent his thanks to the 3,200 fans who made the journey to South East London and backed them throughout the game. 

He said: “We’ve got some of the best fans in the country in terms of travelling the distance that they do midweek and at the weekend, it’s unbelievable. They were our 12th man today and even when we conceded they stuck behind us and we are really grateful for it so we have to thank them for that.

“We will enjoy the win today but it has gone then and we will be ready to fight for another three points on Friday. It won’t be easy again.”


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