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Grant Hanley: We have plenty of confidence

31 January 2020

Norwich City skipper Grant Hanley is in good spirits ahead of the Newcastle game on Saturday (3pm kick-off), saying the team are confident they can bring home three much-needed points.

“I think we had a good week, a well-deserved win against Bournemouth, and a good performance against Tottenham where we probably should have got something.

“We had another good performance against Burnley where we got the result, so there’s plenty of confidence and we look forward to Saturday.

“I wouldn’t say there’s pressure, throughout the season we’ve just focused on ourselves and our job and that’s not going to change, we’ve got to keep concentrating on the process and what we need to do to be right for the game, and make sure we’re ready for it.”

Having played for Newcastle earlier in his career, Hanley insists there’s no emotional background to the game ahead, and is fully focused on getting the win, regardless of the opposition.

“We beat them earlier on in the season and that was nice, but you can’t get too emotionally involved, you’ve just got to concentrate and do your job and that’s putting a performance in to get a result.”

After the Canaries’ 3-1 win over the Tyneside club, courtesy of Teemu Pukki’s hattrick, Hanley warns that Newcastle have undergone a big transformation, and will play a completely different brand of football since the last meeting.

“They’ve picked up a bit since then so it’s going to be a different game, especially with them being at home. It’s going to be difficult for us to break them down and make chances.

“It’s something we’ve worked on during the week, so hopefully it’s something we can take into the game on Saturday.”

Finally, Hanley says the side are looking to hit the winter break on a high note.

“When you go into any of these breaks, like international breaks it always makes a difference when you finish with a good result, so it’s something we look to do.”

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