Christoph Zimmermann thinks the character in the Norwich City dressing room should never be questioned after they bounced back to winning ways on Saturday.
The Canaries suffered six defeats in seven prior to their victory over Everton at the weekend but Zimmermann says their team spirit and work ethic never wavered during their difficult spell.
“We have lost six of our last seven, but I’d have never said it was because we didn’t want it or we didn’t leave our hearts on the pitch,” said Zimmermann to canaries.co.uk.
“There were various other reasons that we’ve been trying to analyse over the international break but the mentality and the work ethic we put into it has never been in doubt.
“We’ve just shown that reaction today [Saturday]. I was pleased the result matched our performance.
“We had the better chances in the first-half but to be fair, Everton were also dangerous.
“Therefore, I think it was quite level [at half-time]. There were no big advantages for either side, although we did have the big chance with Onel [Hernandez].
“We were happy that we kept a clean sheet through that and we were then able to build on that in the second-half. We improved a bit more.
“There were a few instances early in the second-half when we had to dig deep, block shots and throw our bodies on the line.
“We scored the first goal at a good time and the second goal at an even better time.”
Zimmermann made his return to the starting eleven on Saturday after suffering an ankle ligament injury in the defeat at West Ham United on August 31.
It’s been a tough few months for the centre-back who would have hoped to have made his mark in the Premier League much earlier.
He was certainly thankful to his City teammates for making his transition back into the action as smooth as possible.
“I felt a bit rusty to be fair in the first couple of minutes. I needed some time to get into the game to be fair,” he added.
“But I think that’s normal. My last 90 minutes was Villa away last season which was six months ago. I didn’t expect any miracles and I knew I wouldn’t feel fresh and sharp from the beginning.
“I was happy that the lads have been brilliant and supportive of me. They didn’t give me and hard or difficult situations to handle.
“Therefore, I could ease myself into it and after 20 minutes, I felt really good and comfortable being alongside the guys I won promotion with.”