Football - Holt happy to put team first

Norwich captain Grant Holt will continue to fulfil whatever role is asked of him as long as it helps the team stay in the Barclays Premier League.

PA Sport

The 31-year-old netted a dramatic stoppage-time winner to beat Everton 2-1 at Carrow Road last weekend, which was a first victory in 10 league games and takes some of the immediate pressure off Chris Hughton's men ahead of tomorrow's daunting trip to leaders Manchester United.

Holt, though, has often been deployed as a lone striker by Hughton. It is a tactical switch that has brought others into play from midfield but has limited the skipper's direct goal threat, with just five scored so far this season.

However, the 31-year-old, who signed a new contract in July, will just continue to get on with putting a shift in for the good of the team.

"The manager has been open enough to tell everyone that he doesn't expect me to score as many goals as I did last season and I am there to do a job for the team, so you have got to bite your lip and get on with it," said Holt, who had support in attack against Everton from first Luciano Becchio and then Kei Kamara, who scored his first Norwich goal to set up a grandstand finale.

"You can never truly say you are happy with that position because obviously you want to score goals, but there is a job to be done and at the moment he thinks I am the best person to do that job.

"You have to adapt to situations. Did I score at the weekend because we played 4-4-2?

"I don't know, but if he goes with the 4-4-1-1 again this week, you have got to get on with it."

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