MY CA­NARIES WON’T FLAP, SAYS SUR­MAN

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By JON WEST

MID­FIELDER An­drew Sur­man reck­ons Nor­wich are about to find out just how tough the Premier League re­ally is – but the Ca­naries are ready for the chal­lenge.

Paul Lam­bert’s out­fit gave Chelsea and Manch­ester United scares early on and nicked a point at Liver­pool.

But they came un­stuck at the week­end at Manch­ester City where they were ham­mered 5-1.

Pro­moted sides usu­ally find the sec­ond half of the sea­son much tougher and Sur­man ad­mit­ted just beat­ing the drop was the No.1 tar­get.

He said: “Peo­ple al­ways say newly-pro­moted sides are rid­ing the crest of a wave.

“Af­ter last sea­son, when we got pro­moted, our con­fi­dence was high and you just have to see if you can keep that go­ing con­sis­tently through­out the sea­son.

Qual­ity

“Maybe we’ve taken peo­ple by sur­prise. The teams that get pro­moted al­ways get writ­ten off straight away any­how.

“It’s been a great start – but it doesn’t mean any­thing if we get to the end of the sea­son and we get rel­e­gated, so we have to keep get­ting as many points on the board as we can and keep that good start go­ing.”

And the former Southamp­ton man is con­vinced there’s enough qual­ity at Car­row Road to make that hap­pen.

He said: “I sup­pose if we get three or four in­juries or sus­pen­sions, that would put a strain on any squad. But we have quite good strength in depth.

“If play­ers do drop out, we’ve got other play­ers to come in and do a job and then new play­ers get their chance. Who­ever comes in is ca­pa­ble of do­ing a job.”

CON­FI­DENT: Sur­man

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