Smith happy to make Canaries bow

04 October 2010 03:00
Norwich defender Stephen Smith was pleased to finally get his full Canaries debut under his belt after a last-minute rush at Bristol City on Saturday. Smith was handed his first start for the club when left-back Adam Drury picked up an injury in the warm up and looked solid as the Canaries romped to a 3-0 win. Smith said: "I saw Adam go down in the warm-up and I didn't know if he was playing or not, so I joined in and when we came back in from the warm-up the manager said `You're playing'. So it was pretty short notice. "I knew I had a chance of starting so I got the mental side of my game right before I went out. I was pretty much prepared for it. "I played 90 minutes for the reserves during the week. I was stiff after that - that's probably the first 90 minutes I'd played in about four or five months - so that probably helped me out. It was just good to get 80 minutes under my belt in a proper match. "I've waited a few months for it to come so it was something I really enjoyed. The result helps that and the boys helped me."

Source: PA