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Billy Gilmour raves about improving Canaries’ chances of survival

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Billy Gilmour believes the squad at Norwich is good enough to keep them in Premier League and say that the positivity is up against their chances of survival.

The 20-year-old was unable to help the Canaries avoid a second straight loss on Saturday after Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty sent them to a 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United.

Norwich have very little time to focus on results with Aston Villa due to a visit on Tuesday and although still at the bottom of the table with a long list of absentees, confidence is growing under the new boss Dean Smith

“We will be really confident from this match against Aston Villa. We knew we could give them a good fight and take the three points,” Gilmour said.

“We had a couple of people who were unwell and injured but there was a real belief there in the dressing room.

“We know we’re a good team, we can see that and we’re building every time we play. I know the results aren’t complete yet but I’m sure we’ll have a good run soon and we want to move on.

“This is what we are here for, to stay in the Premier League and have a good enough squad there to do that.”

Captain Grant Hanley (shoulder) is set to be the latest player on the treatment table with Ben Gibson, Andrew Omobamidele, Mathias Normann and Milot Rashica among those absent for the clash with United.

It was another blow for former Villa coach Smith but his decision to bring Gilmour back since his arrival last month continues to be vindicated.

Chelsea fans have started all five games under the new owner and impressed after being started by Daniel Farke, who was sacked in early November.

Gilmour added: “I enjoy playing and working under the new manager. I think he has been really good to me so far.

“I just have to make sure I’m putting in good performances to make sure I’m playing every week.

“There’s a good squad there who are fighting for positions and injuries are building up, so I need to make sure I’m there every day in training to have a chance. The boys are excited, they want to do well and stay in this tournament.”

Smith and assistant Craig Shakespeare have made subtle changes since they took over with warm-up adjustments and more direct Norwich possession.

After starting their tenure on a three-match unbeaten streak, the league’s basement club have lost their last two to Tottenham and Man United but Gilmour are the positives to start to come.

“Of course the new manager wants to come and put his own stamp on what he wants us to be,” added the Scotland international.

“Everybody is different but working under the manager here so far, he has been really good on the training ground, making us leaner and harder to beat.

“I am you, you can see that on the pitch. We don’t want to give teams a chance and we’re creating more than that too. We’re pretty direct, so I enjoyed it. I’m sure it’ll click and we’ll have the points soon.”

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