Grant Holt believes that as well as a three point advantage over Newcastle, Norwich have a lot of players who have ‘been there before’.
The Canaries have had a remarkably unstable recent history, marked by many ups and downs.
Out of the last seven seasons, five of them have seen Norwich City either promoted or relegated. In the middle of this, the two years of relative stability came in 2011/12 and 2012/13 when Norwich finished mid-table twice in the Premier League.
Grant Holt became a real modern day legend as his goals helped Norwich go from League One to the Premier League in only two years, then (temporarily) stabilise in the Premier League – the Canaries relegated immediately in the season after Holt left to join Wigan.
Grant Holt says his old team-mates will be ‘massively up for the fight’ and that they ‘all know what to do’.
Much has been made of the fact that Rafa Benitez has next to no experience of fighting relegation apart from in his very early days of management, plus very few of the Newcastle starting eleven on Saturday will have much experience of battling it out at the bottom.
Apart from those that were at St James Park last season – when there was very little fight on show as Newcastle suffered a horrendous second half of the season and were very fortunate there were three teams that were worse.
Michael Owen has pointed out that Norwich have tightened up their defence in recent matches and with consecutive clean sheets, it certainly sounds as though they are fighting for everything.
Newcastle’s players will have to do at least the same if they are to get anything out of Saturday’s crucial match.
Grant Holt talking to the Norwich City official website:
“The (Norwich) team will be massively up for the fight, they all know what they want to do.
“They have got a good squad, as well as a bunch of lads who have been there before.
“They know how to do it and if they keep doing what they have been then I’ve got no doubt they’ll stay in the division. The fans can make a real difference too, especially in these kinds of games.
“Their support can lift you and get the team firing when things are tough, so they’re a big factor.”
Having netted 78 goals while with Norwich between 2009 to 2013, the three-time City Player of the Season is set to return on Friday, June 24 for a special event held in the stadium’s Norfolk Lounge.
“It’s always nice to come back because I was lucky enough to have four fun years here.
“I’ve got so many special memories; from last ditch goals to getting trophies on the pitch, it was the best time of my career. To come here in League One and get to where we were when I left was fantastic.