Norwich City attacker Todd Cantwell says the Canaries showed resilience to avoid giving away a 1-0 lead at home to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday.
“We’ve shown that we’ve got resilience,” he said. “We have missed out on some points after being in the lead. 1-0 up is enough for a team to get back so to hold onto that and keep a clean sheet is important.
“It’s been a long time coming and it feels nice to get that winning feeling back. Everyone knows what a big game it was, and we showed togetherness to come away from it with three points.
“We were the better team for large parts of the game. The red card for Steve Cook helped us and meant we could play with a bit less pressure, but we controlled it from the first whistle. We were applying pressure even when they had eleven men.”
The win was even more valuable considering City had lost 4-0 at Manchester United just one week prior, Cantwell says.
“I’m not sure we were at our best at Old Trafford,” he added. “It’s an amazing stadium and a very good team, they played well, but we didn’t compete as we’d have liked to, so to bounce back at home and to get three points, which feels like a lot more, is a big relief.
“We kept moving the ball quickly. Naturally, it takes a bit of pressure off you when they have ten men and they can’t press as much as they’d like to. We still had to deal with it and carry on and we did that well.”
Despite the joy that three points brought, Daniel Farke’s side are aware that they’ve not been as clinical as they could have been, and a slim lead is always precarious.
“We’ve got to be critical and put our chances away, not leave a game until the last minute,” Cantwell said. “It has everyone on edge including us. We easily could have been 3-0 up if you look at the chances we had, and it would have been a completely different atmosphere. If we’re not creating them, there’s problems, but we are, so we’ll be on top of that.”
Finally, Cantwell commented on the acquisitions of January signings Ondrej Duda and Lukas Rupp, explaining how the pair are already fitting in in Norfolk.
“It was enjoyable playing with Ondrej,” he said. “He’s a very clever player and you can see that. He links the play well so there will be good times ahead with him, Emi Buendia and me in behind Teemu. Both him and Lukas Rupp have settled in. We’ve welcomed them with open arms.”