Grant Holt: We can beat the best

PUBLISHED: 08:28 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:59 06 July 2010

Grant Holt says the Canaries are capable of beating the best League One can throw at them as they head into the toughest week of their season so far.


Grant Holt says the Canaries are capable of beating the best League One can throw at them as they head into the toughest week of their season so far.

City are at MK Dons on Monday and then entertain table-topping Charlton five days later.

It's a daunting brace of matches, but Holt striker believes the unbeaten league run under new boss Paul Lambert will continue and establish City's own promotion credentials.

“I think it's only a matter of time before we get a run together where we are winning consistently,” said the City striker. “I think you can see in the last couple of weeks we're gelling as a team and as a squad and I think there are good things to come.

“I think we all know we are good enough to go to MK Dons and get a win and we know we can beat anyone at home.”

The next two fixtures are in stark contrast to the last three - Wycombe, Hartlepool and Walsall - but Holt believes it could work to their advantage.

“They are all tough, equally in their own little way,” he said. “It was Walsall at the weekend and we knew they'd come here, great stadium, sit back, defend and try and get a point and that's exactly what they did.

“It's a bit different for us going to MK Dons - they have expectations themselves and they will have to come out and play and as we have seen ourselves, if teams have to come out and try and get goals against us they can get hurt. We know how good we are on the counter-attack and helpfully it will work to our advantage.

“I think it is always hard at home when you play certain teams - everybody knows how big Norwich City is and everyone looks at it and sees the stadiums, sees 20,000 odd fans and obviously it's going to lift you. If anyone tells you it doesn't then they're lying.

“Obviously the likes of Charlton will come here, they're flying at the moment and they'll come here with all the confidence in the world. But we all know we're good enough, we're a good enough squad to compete with anyone and I'm sure as the season goes on we'll get better and better.

“They have the same expectations that we have this year, but if we have got anything about us these are the games where you have got to go and you don't get beat by the teams in and around you and we go there and show how good we are and get as many points as we can.”

The important thing, says Holt, is to remain unbeaten.

“It's a run, you have got to get runs going,” he said. “Obviously you don't want too many draws, but as long as you don't get beat you don't get back-to-back defeats, which is the aim, you have to build on it.

“If you get a point like we did against Walsall, we go and beat MK Dons and we beat Charlton and you look at it and it's seven points out of three games which, if you look at those three games, you'd take anyway.”

Unbeaten Charlton and Leeds are already 10 points ahead of City in the table, but Holt knows from personal experience that such advantages can easily be lost.

“I think it's something you don't really bother about, you just have to get on with it,” he said. “I was in the same position with Nottingham Forest. We were a team that should never have been in that league and at Christmas we were 10 points clear and that year we ended up missing out, we got beaten in the play-offs.

“You take the lead if you get it, but we haven't. We just worry about our own jobs. Obviously we want to win the league, failing that runners-up, failing that you go up via the play-offs.”

City are currently in the longest break between games this season - nine days - and it's doing some good.

“Obviously we have had a lot of games in the last few weeks and training has been quite intense, so it gives us the opportunity to get the legs back a little bit,” said Holt. “I think we were a little bit tired at the weekend and it gives us a couple of added days to relax and do work on little bits and bobs and I'm sure it will do us the world of good.”

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