Bennett: Canaries must kick on

  • Last Updated: April 21 2013, 13:30 BST

Elliott Bennett hopes to experience the winning feeling again this season to confirm Norwich's Barclays Premier League survival after scoring the goal which all but condemned Reading to relegation.

Elliott Bennett scored Norwich's second against Reading
Elliott Bennett scored Norwich's second against Reading

After Ryan Bennett netted early in the second half, Elliott Bennett struck almost immediately in the 2-1 win at Carrow Road on Saturday for just Norwich's second win in 17 Premier League matches.

The crucial victory saw the Canaries move seven points clear of 18th-placed Wigan with four games to play - the fixtures coming against Stoke, Aston Villa, West Brom and Manchester City.

"It's an amazing three points and a brilliant feeling to get back to winning ways," Elliott Bennett said.

"It's been a long time coming for us - we haven't been on a great run.

"We had a really good run earlier on in the season and hopefully we can go on a little bit of a run to end the season on a high."

Manager Chris Hughton does not believe Norwich's 38-point total is enough to secure his side's top-flight future, but their destiny is in their own hands - particularly as next opponents Stoke and Villa are beneath them in the table.

Elliott Bennett agreed with his boss.

"We've just got to concentrate on ourselves," the winger said.

"We've got the points on the board and hopefully we can kick on now and have some more positive results between now and the end of the season.

"The league's so tight. Everyone down there is scrapping for points and we're no different.

"Wigan can pull out points from anywhere. Hopefully we can go away to Stoke, which is a really tough place to go, and get three points."

Norwich started well, but Reading managed to weather the storm before a similar fast start in the second half was rewarded with two goals, only for Garath McCleary's strike to set up an anxious conclusion.

Elliott Bennett, whose shot went in under the legs of Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, said: "We started the first 25 minutes in the first half brilliantly, but we didn't manage to get the goal.

"We did the same in the second half. We got two goals in quick succession and perhaps could've had a few more.

"We didn't manage to and we made it twitchy like we always seem to.

"I had two shots in the first half that I was disappointed I didn't hit the target and a scruffy one went in.

"The main thing is getting three points and Premier League survival. Hopefully we've taken a step towards that.

"We look forward to the remaining four games and hopefully we can pick up as many points as we can."

Ryan Bennett was only on the field after Michael Turner's first-half substitution due to a groin injury.

Hughton praised the replacement, but hopes Turner's injury will not be too serious.

Robert Snodgrass, whose crosses resulted in the goals, went off with cramp late on, while Steven Whittaker was left out as a precaution due to a knee problem.

Reading's predicament is a grave one after an extension of their miserable away record.

The Royals have five points on the road this season and now are 10 points adrift with 12 to play for following defeat in Nigel Adkins' fourth game in charge.

The former Southampton boss appears to have resigned himself to focusing on an immediate return to the top flight next season.

"We have to be realistic about the situation now," said Adkins, whose side's fate could be confirmed if Villa beat Manchester United tomorrow.

"Let's not hide away from where we are in the division. It was always going to be a massive challenge.

"We'll learn the lessons from this game and we'll get ourselves ready for the next one.

"Obviously we're at the wrong end of the division, but we've got to keep building on what we're doing."


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