Tim Krul spoke of his pride at the performance of his teammates following Norwich City’s 1-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday.
The Canaries were dealt injury blows to Ben Gibson and Lukas Rupp in the lead up to the match, but Christoph Zimmermann and Kenny McLean came into the starting XI as able replacements and then, off the bench, Bali Mumba and Josh Martin made a real difference to help push the side forward in the closing stages as Marco Stiepermann scored the only goal with six minutes of normal time remaining to secure the three points.
“It was a massive win,” said Krul. “Swansea are a top team and we are excited to walk away with three points at home. I am proud of the boys. Grant Hanley was immense today. He put in some amazing blocks and Christoph Zimmermann came back in and put in a performance.
“We have really got strength in depth in the squad and that is what you are going to need in this league. Bali Mumba coming in and Joshy Martin. They are exciting young talents and they are giving something new and something fresh and it is something to be really proud of.
“I am really proud of Bali as he hasn’t been in the squad very often the last few weeks but he has been in the gym working really hard and it is no coincidence that he has come in and he looks like has been playing for us for the past two years. What a talent. Jacob Sorensen as well at left-back. He is so relaxed and showed so much quality again today. I’m proud because we need everybody in the squad.”
Norwich also have a habit of scoring late this season. They have won points against Huddersfield Town, Preston North End, Rotherham United, Birmingham City, Wycombe Wanderers, Brentford and now Swansea City all with goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.
Asked what that said about City, Krul added: “We are really fit, and we never give up. Even with two minutes to go we are still pushing. I don’t know how they (the players) do it because it is every three days and it is not an easy task, but that is down to the work they put in behind the scenes. We are training very hard to prepare for these games.”