Bennett: Norwich's fight for Premier League survival not over

The Canaries midfielder scored the winning goal for his side as they beat bottom club Reading 2-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday, but is still wary of dropping into the bottom three
Norwich midfielder Elliott Bennett insists the Canaries are still at risk of relegation from the Premier League despite a 2-1 win over Reading on Saturday.

The Canaries rose to 13th in the table and seven points above the drop zone following just their second win in 17 league outings, with Bennett and namesake Ryan Bennett scoring twice in two minutes before Garath McCleary netted a late consolation.

He told reporters: "There’s still four games left, so we’re not going to step off the gas. We’re a step closer to where we need to be, but the pressure’s always going to be there as next week there’s another Premier League football match that everyone wants to win.

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“Stoke’s not an easy place to go to and we know that, so we’ll do all our work in the week and go there and hopefully put on a good performance and get three points."

Bennett was making just his second start in the Premier League this season since a 4-1 loss to Chelsea on October 6, and he revealed his frustration at relying on cameos from the bench, but concedes those above him in the pecking order deserve to be so with their performances week on week.

“You’re very disappointed when you’re not playing,” he said. “The two centre-halves that have been playing have been fantastic all season. Ryan’s got his chance today, coming off the bench and managing to score and having a fantastic game.

“It’s testament to his character and just shows what a good squad we’ve got here. Ryan’s done fantastic today to come off the bench and set us on our way towards three points.”

Meanwhile, Reading midfielder McCleary has urged his Royals team-mates to not give up their hope of avoiding relegation, despite being 10 points adrift of safety and one Aston Villa win away from the drop.

“It’s not over yet,” he said. “We’ve got to go into every game positive, and anything can happen. There’s always a chance of avoiding relegation.

“We’ve got to move onto the next game next week and try and get three points and try and stay in this league.”