Bale 'baptism of fire' for Drury
Norwich defender Adam Drury admits it was a tough return to the Premier League when trying to contain Gareth Bale.
Last Updated: 28/12/11 4:05pm
Norwich defender Adam Drury admits it was a tough return to the Premier League when trying to contain the threat of one of the best players in the world in the form of Gareth Bale.
Drury stood in for the injured Marc Tierney at left-back, to make his first top-flight appearance this season - his last coming as club captain on the final day of the Norfolk club's ill-fated 2004/2005 campaign when the Canaries were stuffed 6-1 at Craven Cottage and went down.
While Drury accepts he was always going to be up against it trying to contain rampant Spurs winger Bale, who scored both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win at Carrow Road, attentions are already focused on what is perhaps a more realistic challenge against an inconsistent Fulham.
"It was a bit of a baptism of fire. When you look at the array of talent they have got, we knew it was going to be a tough game from the start," said Drury, who joined Norwich from Peterborough in 2001 and has made more than 300 appearances.
"Bale is right up there with the best players in the world, but that is what the Premier League is all about.
"You are going to come up against the best players and that is what the whole point of being here is."
Drury added in the Eastern Daily Press: "It will be a little bit of a different pressure [next], but Fulham had a great result the other day [at Chelsea].
"However, we are the home team and the gaffer always sends us out to try and win games, so that will be no different on Saturday."