Ben Godfrey said experiencing last season’s League One play-off final while out on loan has helped him to deal with the pressure of sitting top of the league.
Godfrey spent last season on loan at Shrewsbury Town and suffered heartbreak with his team as they lost 2-1 to Rotherham at Wembley in the final.
But the 21-year-old said he learnt a lot from the highs and lows of that season which has helped him to stay focussed during City’s brilliant league run.
In an interview with matchday programme OTBC, Godfrey said: “I think it has benefitted me mentally to go through what I went through last year. It was a good year but obviously didn’t end the way I wanted it to. It’s the worst feeling in the world losing in the play-off final, but it’s an experience that I will cherish and one that has definitely benefitted me in the long run.
“Being in those pressure situations last year has definitely been beneficial for me mentally as I feel like I’ve seen these moments before. Obviously it’s a different magnitude as it’s for the Premier League, but it still has its similarities and that’s the importance of going out on loan. That’s the whole purpose so it’s not a shock when you get put in these situations further down the line.”
Norwich take on Hull City on Wednesday night in their second game in six days at Carrow Road and Godfrey knows it will be another testing match.
“We’ve had some good results recently and we can take that confidence from them into the next couple of games. Nothing is guaranteed in football and we all know that, so we keep taking it game by game and we know Hull will be a tough test.”
Read more from Godfrey in this week’s exclusive “Big Interview” in the Hull City edition of OTBC. Get your copy for just £3 on Wednesday from various vendors in and outside of Carrow Road or pre-order online HERE.