Date: 12th February 2012 at 9:30pm
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Norwich City striker Grant Holt says he was happy to silence the Swansea City fans yesterday after they 3-2 win at the Liberty Stadium.

Holt says he likes receiving abuse from opposing fans as it proves he’s doing something right – scoring goals against them.

The striker received plenty of abuse yesterday from the Swans fans after what he posted on his twitter account – ‘good team nice ground shame there welsh’

Holt says he likes receiving abuse and was glad to silence them after scoring two goals in yesterday’s win:

“It`s absolutely huge,”

“We talked a lot this week about when we came down here last year and the way we were after they scored and they won 3-0, and for a lot of us here it stuck in the back of our minds. So we had a point to prove. A lot of us were disappointed with last year and we put it to bed this year.

“We certainly did quieten them. I always get stick so it doesn`t really matter. If people want to give me abuse I`ve got broad shoulders as you can see, so I can take it.

“I enjoy it, and that`s football. I don`t want to ever go to a game where no one says anything and it`s just quiet and boring. But I`m sure those giving out the stick will all be a bit quieter this evening.

“I`m never popular wherever I go and I like that, I like getting abuse. One of my managers years ago told me the reason they shout at you and they don`t like you is because you are doing something right. I`m big enough and old enough to take it. As long as I don`t get at the young lads, I`ll be fine.”


Holt says recent claims that Norwich City have turned into a long-ball team are ridiculous:

“There were a few things said this week that we`ve turned into a long ball team, which is absolutely ridiculous,”

“We play a certain way to beat a certain side and I think you could see that today from our tactics – the way we held them tight, changed to the diamond and tore them apart for 20 minutes.

“We have got a belief, we have got a desire and we have got a team spirit and that needs to be instilled by the manager – he is very clever at who he brings in and slots into this squad.

“We were happy with the first half. They had a lot of possession. It was a sloppy goal which we weren`t happy with. We talked at half-time about being a bit higher up the pitch and more ruthless, and I thought once we got the first goal we looked comfortable for a good spell.

“We really went for them. When we did that we put them on the back foot and they didn`t really know what had hit them for 20 minutes. It looked like every way we turned we were going to get in.

“We are a good side, we know that, and we`ve got players in this team that can cause anyone trouble and I think we showed that today. Obviously we were disappointed with the penalty, but we held on and did well.”