Holt happy to put team first

  • Last Updated: March 1 2013, 15:11 GMT

Norwich captain Grant Holt will continue to fulfil whatever role is asked of him as long as it helps the team stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Grant Holt: Team before self
Grant Holt: Team before self

Grant Holt

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The 31-year-old netted a dramatic stoppage-time winner to beat Everton 2-1 at Carrow Road last weekend, which was a first victory in 10 league games and takes some of the immediate pressure off Chris Hughton's men ahead of Saturday's daunting trip to leaders Manchester United.

Holt, though, has often been deployed as a lone striker by Hughton. It is a tactical switch that has brought others into play from midfield but has limited the skipper's direct goal threat, with just five scored so far this season.

However, the 31-year-old, who signed a new contract in July, will just continue to get on with putting a shift in for the good of the team.

"The manager has been open enough to tell everyone that he doesn't expect me to score as many goals as I did last season and I am there to do a job for the team, so you have got to bite your lip and get on with it," said Holt, who had support in attack against Everton from first Luciano Becchio and then Kei Kamara, who scored his first Norwich goal to set up a grandstand finale.

"You can never truly say you are happy with that position because obviously you want to score goals, but there is a job to be done and at the moment he thinks I am the best person to do that job.

"You have to adapt to situations. Did I score at the weekend because we played 4-4-2? I don't know, but if he goes with the 4-4-1-1 again this week, you have got to get on with it."

Norwich may have beaten United 1-0 at Carrow Road in November, but Holt knows Saturday will be a whole new ball game.

"It is one of the biggest challenges," he said. "But if you look at our record, we do not too badly at the so-called bigger clubs.

"We can only do what we do best, go up there with a plan, stick to that and see where it takes us."

United veteran Ryan Giggs is on the verge of his 1,000th senior competitive appearance, and on Friday it was announced the Welshman had agreed a one-year contract extension.

Holt was still at school when Giggs made his United debut in March 1991 and has been impressed by the 39-year-old's longevity.

"Things have certainly got better. I have seen a lot more lads playing a lot longer," he said. "I haven't got time in the morning to do half the stuff we want to do.

"Personally, I feel the best I have been now in five or six years, so something's gone right somewhere."

Holt had been linked with a January switch to Celtic. However, the 31-year-old, whose family recently moved back to their Cumbria home, maintains he is committed to the Canaries cause.

"There has been a lot of talk I have got this move lined up to Celtic or I am going somewhere. If I have, no one has told me," said Holt, whose goals spearheaded Norwich's meteoric rise up through successive promotions under Paul Lambert from npower League One.

"It doesn't matter where the family are, whether they are here or there.

"I signed for three years and as long as the manager wants me here and the club want me, I will stay."

Holt added: "The only reason the family moved up there was for schools. It is fine. I did it in League One, the family were up there for a year and I didn't hear anyone moaning then when I scored 30 goals and we got promoted to the Championship.

"You manage it and there are a lot of people worse off - my friend works on the oil rigs and doesn't see the kids for three weeks, so he does all right. I just try to get on with it."


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