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Ekoku hoping Norwich can cut it at top level

Former Norwich City striker Efan Ekoku hopes his old club can hold their own in the Premier League next season.

Ekoku believes Norwich and the other promoted clubs would be foolish to try and emulate Blackpool's adventurous but doomed top flight bid.

He told the Pink Un: "I don't think many teams, including the ones who are coming up, will play with quite so much freedom as Blackpool did. They had a fantastic start to the campaign and were right up there come November, December time.

"At that stage no-one would have put money on them being relegated.

"They probably needed only about three more wins from the last 15 games but it was their defensive frailties and the unwillingness of the coaching staff to change the way they wanted to play that ultimately cost them.

"I'd be amazed if anyone looked at them now and thought that was the way to go. Survival is the most important thing and if that means tightening up at the back that is what you should strive for. As nice as it was to watch it wasn't very smart. I don't expect Brendan Rodgers and certainly Neil Warnock to play that way and I would be amazed if Paul Lambert did."

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