With 15 players returning from international duty for Norwich City’s first league game of the season, Kieran Dowell says the size of the squad can only be a good thing.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk on Thursday afternoon, Dowell also explained how pleasing it was to get his first goal for the club in last weekend’s Carabao Cup defeat to Luton Town.
canaries.co.uk: Despite the result last weekend, you scored the equaliser with your first goal for the club, so it must have been good for you to get off the mark early on?
KD: Yeah, it’s always nice to get off the mark as early as possible, so it was great to do that in the first game. Hopefully I can continue that into the league on the weekend.
canaries.co.uk: What did you think of the game as a whole?
KD: I think we dominated the game for pretty much all of it. To go down and, equalise straight away and then concede again wasn’t great. We were pushing for the equaliser at the end and they got us on the break, so it’s small margins but it’s something that we’ll have to get used to in this league.
canaries.co.uk: Your goal showed good link-up with Onel, Jordan and Mario - are you settling in quickly and adapting to working with the lads that are here?
KD: Definitely, yeah. We’ve got some great players, great depth, and great ability. A lot of the players bring lots of different things so they’re easy to play with to be fair, it’s been really easy to settle in and I’ve settled in well so far.
canaries.co.uk: What’s it been like working with Daniel and the coaching staff compared to your previous clubs?
KD: It’s been top draw to be fair. Ever since the first day, it’s been really intense in the work we do but enjoyable as well, so we get a lot out of it. You’re leaving the training ground shattered but you feel great and feel fit coming in the next day, so it’s been good so far.
canaries.co.uk: Have you been settling in quickly to the style of play and philosophy that they want from you?
KD: Definitely. I think they signed me because they thought I’d fit into it, so hopefully it will prove to be the case in the games to come.
canaries.co.uk: Did we spend a lot of time analysing the Luton game or has attention quickly turned to the Championship?
KD: Yeah, to be fair, we’ve had a lot of lads away on international duty so it’s been a mixed bag with the players available. We sort of put that behind us and are focusing on Huddersfield now.
canaries.co.uk: With those players coming back, having the competition in the squad should be good going forward as well.
KD: Definitely. This league is such a long season so you’re going to need that strength in depth and we’ve definitely got that here.
canaries.co.uk: You played Huddersfield twice away last season for Wigan and Derby - what was it like?
KD: Yeah, two wins as well, which was nice! One of them was with fans and one was without, so I got experience of that. It’s a good stadium and they’re a decent side with a new manager and a new style of play, which we’ve been looking into, but we’ll fancy ourselves against anyone in this division.
canaries.co.uk: We all want a win from this weekend, but it’s important to get a good performance as well.
KD: Absolutely, yeah, but it’s probably more about the points on the board to be honest. It’s nice to win playing well, but as long as we get the three points that’s all that matters really.