Opposition Talk: ‘We believe Dean Smith can keep Norwich City in the Premier League’

Ahead of the visit of the Canaries to London Stadium, we caught up with Norwich fan Ashley Snelling

How do you think your team will get on this season?

With Dean Smith and Craig Shakespeare, I think we will escape relegation now that they have stepped in. He was able to keep Villa up in the Premier League and I am sure he will be able to do it with Norwich.

Who is a player for Norwich that other teams should watch out for?

Mathias Normann is just a different class. He can easily play for any Premier League first team. Dean Smith even said before taking on the role here at Norwich that he could see a very good footballer. Hopefully he can perform well for the rest of the season.

Why do you think you sacked Daniel Farke after your first win of the season?

I think the timing was right to end his reign before the international break. Even though he got a win, it was a good way for his time at the Canaries to come to an end.

And you’ve mentioned Dean Smith already but what were your thoughts on his appointment?

I was very happy with the appointment. I am excited to see what Dean can bring to the table – hopefully keeping us up! He’s left all of his previous clubs in a better place and I’m hoping he can do the same for us.

You’ve been promoted five times and relegated five times; Do Norwich fans really enjoy this?

It gives us Canaries a bit of excitement as we know if we go down, we will see us win games and most likely come back up. However, being in the Premier League is draining after losing the majority of the time. I would much rather stay and be settled in the Premier League of course.

‘Too weak for the Premier League but too strong for the Championship’; What lets you down in the Premier League?

It’s a big step up coming from the Championship to the Premier League. You’re playing against unbelievable players and teams. It’s hard to keep the players motivated when they are playing against the best teams and losing most games. But after appointing Dean Smith, I do believe that we can stay up. We have some tough fixtures in December which I think will determine our fate in the Premier League. I believe that we can win a few of them of course!

As it’s Mark Noble’s last season do you have any vivid memories of him playing against your team?

I remember in 2016 Noble scored at the top of the box at Carrow Road. The Hammers were 2-0 down and pulled it back to draw 2-2. I also remember his short loan spell for our rivals Ipswich!

What are your score predictions for your game against West Ham?


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