Drury's difficult season
ADAM Drury has suffered more highs and lows of life as a Norwich City player than most - but the current problems can be summed up in only one word.“Awful,” says the left back when asked to describe this season.
ADAM Drury has suffered more highs and lows of life as a Norwich City player than most - but the current problems can be summed up in only one word.
“Awful,” says the left back when asked to describe this season.
It's a campaign in which Drury has been a virtual spectator, making just 10 starts as he struggles to shake off an injury nightmare which stretches back to October 2007 when he suffered knee ligament damage against Bristol City.
“It's been awful because obviously you feel like you have had no part in it, no part to play, but obviously every time you are wishing the lads can pull out a result and it's hard work at the minute.”
Drury has seen enough to be firm in his conviction that City will escape the dreaded drop.
“Of course I think they will,” he said. “I've thought that all season and the lads still think that, so we just have to go out and win our last two games, simple as that.
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“Mentally I think they're fine and I have thought that all the way along.
“We have got some experienced lads in the side and some youngsters who perhaps are playing without fear and that's what we need.
“It doesn't matter how we win at the minute - it doesn't matter if it's pretty football or scrapping for goals, we have just got to win.”
The alternative is League One football, and for a man who lifted the last First Division trophy when City swept all before them in 2004, that's not palatable.
“It's not worth thinking about,” said Drury, 30. “It is not something you want to cross your mind. At the moment we are trying to stay positive. What happens if you start thinking about that is you're beaten already.”
Tuesday's results went in City's favour, but Drury believes the stage is set for a cracking night of football when City return to action at home to Reading on Monday.
“The last-minute penalty that Coventry got against Barnsley hopefully means that luck is changing our way a little bit,” he said. “We haven't had much of it all season but at the same time we have to play our own part in it and win games ourselves.
“We can't have a better stage on Monday. Just like the last few home games the place will be rocking and hopefully they will all be behind us, as they have been all the way through, even when we've been playing not particularly well. We just have to go out and get three points.
“We're playing later than everyone else so we know what we're doing. That side of it doesn't really matter to me - some of the lads prefer it, some don't, but as I have said all along it's what we do and if we don't win our games it doesn't really matter.”
Drury has two years of his current contract left - and is hoping for a change of luck.
“The last two seasons, from when I did my knee, I have had a lot of problems,” he said. “There hasn't been a reserve league, which has been a big problem because I've had no games so I come into the first team after two months without playing, so I haven't got any match sharpness and like that you're not ready.
“I need to get a proper pre-season in because I've not had one for a year and a bit now, so I need that under my belt.
“But I'm not going anywhere.”