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Bennett happy to share spoils

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 8 Apr 2013


Norwich winger Elliott Bennett is unconcerned by his side’s lack of wins in recent months, insisting that avoiding relegation is priority.

Luke Moore’s late equaliser denied the 14th-placed club a victory at Carrow Road on Saturday after Bennett had set up goals for Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner to help his team to a 2-1 lead against Swansea.

Norwich have only won once since the turn of the year but the former Brighton midfielder claims he would happily draw all 38 games in a season if it delivered top-flight safety.

“If the season ended tomorrow, we’d be a Premier League team so we’ve just got to keep plugging away and picking up points when we can,” Bennett told reporters.

“If we draw six of six, we’re on 41 points – it’s all about Premier League survival, it’s not about how many games you win.

“Of course we want to win, and the fans want to win, but if we stayed up drawing 38 games in a season, drawing away at Man City and Man Utd, we’d take it.

“For this football club it’s about staying in the Premier League this season and then building on that.”

Bennett admitted that he did not know how many points Norwich would need to survive the drop given the unpredictable nature of the teams below them in the table.

“I haven’t got a clue (how many points will be needed) in this league,” he said.

“There’s a lot of teams on a similar amount of points, and Wigan have two games in hand [they have since drawn 1-1 with QPR] and everyone knows what they’re like, they’re notorious in that at the end of the season they just keep winning.

“We haven’t got games in hand but we’ve got points on the board, and I think at this stage of the season that’s what you want.

“We have to concentrate on our own game and make sure we pick up enough points for survival.”


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