Norwich City's goal hero, Ryan Bennett, was delighted after his side won 2-0 at home against rock-bottom Reading. 

The 23-year-old came on as a first-half substitute for Michael Turner, who was forced to come off with a slight injury.

Bennett made an impact by scoring for City just five minutes into the second half with a thunderous half-volley that put Norwich in the lead.

Chris Hughton's side seemed to be a different animal in the second half and everyone knew that they needed a win to lift them away from the dreaded relegation zone.

City had a nervous last 15 minutes when Reading pulled one back to try and get at least a point out of the game, but in the end Norwich deserved the win, which puts them seven points clear of Wigan who occupy the third and final relegation spot.

Speaking to the club's official website, Bennett said: "It should have been more comfortable, but we got the result and that’s all that matters.

"We got the points and that's all that goes on the table. It's what we needed and we’ve done it." 

The game perhaps wasn't as comfortable as it should have been for the Canaries, after Gareth McCleary struck to give the visitors a glimmer of hope.

But Bennett believes Norwich did well over the course of the game and underlined the significance of the result.

"We had chances to get a few more. It was disappointing to let them back into the game with 15 minutes left, but that’s going to happen in football," said Bennett. "We rode it well and got the result that we desperately needed.

"It's hard when you're playing a game of 90 minutes – the other team are going to have spells and it's about how you deal with them. I thought we dealt with it quite well.

"At this stage of the season, and with teams around us doing well and so forth, it was an important result."

Speaking about his goal, the former Peterborough defender said: "To get it was nice, but the win was more important.

"We’ve been working a little bit on finishing in training though, and that was one of my specialities – I love volleying!"

Bennett believes that Norwich can pick up more points needed for them to extend their stay in the Premier League.

"We've just got to keep on looking forward," he said

"We’ve got a couple of games that we can win – obviously the last game of the season is going to be tough, but from now until then we’ll be looking to go out there and get as many points to finish as high as we can in the table."


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