Speaking to Norwich City TV after the club’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City, Norwich’s January loan signing Patrick Bamford has thanked Alex Neil for giving him a chance and praised the team for picking up a good point.
Patrick Bamford made his first ever Premier League start today as Alex Neil put faith in the forward to play on his own up front against a very strong Manchester City team.
Bamford is currently on a season-long loan from Chelsea and was brought into the team following a string of sub-par performances from Cameron Jerome and Dieumerci Mbokani.
Despite lining up against two world-class defenders in Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi, Bamford impressed on his full debut. His work-rate was magnificent and he won the ball back a number of times in forward positions. He almost got a debut goal as well when his volley from the edge of the box cannoned back off the crossbar.
Speaking after the match, Bamford said this:
The point helps us turn things around, particularly coming against a big team like Manchester City. I think it will do that, because it was a great performance from every single player in the team.
Everyone put a massive shift in and they deserve credit for that. We had a game-plan to try and give players like David Silva and Sergio Aguero as little time as possible, and you could see the energy we put in.
It’s a massive result for us but now we’ll move onto next week with positive thoughts. We want to use this to build some momentum.
Bamford has also thanked Neil for giving him the chance.
I’m thankful to the manager for giving me the chance.
Now it’s up to me to start paying that faith back through goals. When I first hit my half-volley I thought it was going in, but then it kept rising so wasn’t to be.
It’s been easy for me to settle into the group, especially having come up against a lot of our players last year. That’s helped me, and now I want to help keep this Club in the Premier League.
I feel like I had a good 60 or 65 minutes and hopefully I can build on that.