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Jamal Lewis: We can go into Brighton with confidence after last away display

31 October 2019

Jamal Lewis believes Norwich City can draw on plenty of positives from their last trip on the road as they prepare for this weekend's game at Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Canaries suffered a setback last weekend in their 3-1 loss at home to Manchester United after picking up their first point on the road eight days earlier with an admirable goalless draw at AFC Bournemouth. 

But Lewis is hoping City can still use that morale-boosting display at the Vitality Stadium to their advantage this weekend.

"We were a little bit disappointed with the United game because our performance against Bournemouth gave us a stepping stone to push forward," he said to canaries.co.uk.

"But I think we can still look at it that way. A 0-0 draw away from home is always good and if we manage to replicate the same performance, I’m sure we’ll be able to nick a goal because we have an attacking style. The boys are looking forward to it.

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"Some lads came in last year and were only used to winning. There were a few rare losses but over the course of last season, we were just winning and putting in good performances.

"It’s an individual thing. Some people deal with losing differently to others and sometimes you have to look at yourself and think: ‘How do I come out of this situation?’ and once you do, you then think: 'Okay, how do I help the person next to me and how can I help the team?’

"That’s how I look at it. The boys have responded really well. We are still training hard and looking really motivated so hopefully we get a couple of things to click and we can start collecting some more points."

Lewis also thinks it's important for City to remember what they've done well so far this season, particularly in their victories over Newcastle United and Manchester City.

"Sometimes, you need to find your rhythm. Those performances [Newcastle and Man City] have shown what we can do, not just to the supporters but to ourselves as well.

"Especially now, those games feel a long time ago now. We have to remember that we belong at this level.

"We had a terrific season last year, even though it’s in the past. It’s good to just remember what you did to get here and that can always push you on for the future."

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Lewis has started every league game for City so far in his first season in the top-flight. It's a record he's proud of and he's also pleased with how he has settled into Premier League life.

"I think I’ve settled in really well and I’m playing some good football. The [last] weekend wasn’t a great one for me though, I was feeling a little bit ill.

"I went into the game not feeling 100% but I knew I could try and help the team. I had to come off in the second-half but I’m feeling a lot better now.

"Other than that, I feel like I’ve performed consistently well so far and helped the team where I’ve been able to.

"Obviously, I’d like to help the team a little bit more, especially in the final third of the pitch, but mainly I’m a defender and I have to help out at the back."


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