Gilmour “loving football” again after difficult start to life at Norwich

Billy Gilmour says he’s “loving football” under new Norwich City boss Dean Smith, who has taken four points from his first two games at Carrow Road.

Norwich drew 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday but were by far the better side, with Teemu Pukki missing a golden chance late on.

The fact that Wolves were fortunate to have come away with a point is a sign of the progress that has been made under Smith, who was appointed following Daniel Farke’s sacking earlier this month.

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One man who has come in from the cold and impressed is Gilmour. The Chelsea loanee made just four league appearances under Farke but is playing a key part for Smith, registering an assist in the 2-1 win over Southampton then producing a solid display against Wolves.

Speaking after Saturday’s game, Gilmour revealed he was “buzzing” to be back in action.

“It’s been a while since I’ve played so I’m really happy to be back, I’m buzzing, I’m loving football,” he said. “Two good results so I’m a happy man.

“It [the rest of the season] is going to be exciting, we’re picking up results and we want to continue this.

“With Scotland as well, I’ve seen the (World Cup play-off) draw so that’s something to look forward to but first and foremost it’s with the club.”

On Smith’s impact, he added: “He has come in, he’s been ruthless with us, how we train, the intensity. Even in the games you can see there’s a massive difference and it feels like it as well.

“So he comes in, there’s a real buzz about the place and we want to do well.”



Wolves defender Romain Saiss thought his side performed well in certain aspects but admitted it wasn’t enough to deserve the three points.

“I think we tried to play in the game in the same way that we trained throughout the week,” he told the club website. “We tried to find the space between the lines and I think we did it pretty well.

“But, unfortunately, we have to do a bit more, I think, in the last 30 metres because we didn’t create a lot of chances, a lot of shots, and we didn’t score, so that’s why we are a bit disappointed after the game.

“But with the way we wanted to play, we did what we wanted to do.”



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