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Norwich's Grant Holt responds to 'ridiculous' suggestions he has lost his hunger

Grant Holt: The striker only scored his first goal of the season in last weekend's thrashing by Liverpool

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Norwich City captain Grant Holt has angrily rejected suggestions he had lost some of his hunger for goals.

The striker scored 15 times in the Premier League last season but only opened his account in the new campaign with a late consolation in last weekend's 5-2 thrashing by Liverpool.

With Holt having handed in a shock transfer request in the summer, which was eventually resolved after he signed a new contract, it had been asked whether he had lost his desire.

But when questioned on the subject by reporters ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich, he responded sarcastically: "No, no, I've given up this year.

"I signed my three-year deal and thought I'd just leave it this year, sit back and have a few cans and a few cigarettes and chill with the kids"

Grant Holt

"I've decided to bin it off. I signed my three-year deal and thought I'd just leave it this year, sit back and have a few cans and a few cigarettes and chill with the kids.

"It is a ridiculous question. No I haven't (lost my hunger). Why wouldn't you have it?"

Holt, though, admitted some frustration about being in and out of Chris Hughton's Norwich side so far this season.

He added: "You have just got to get on with it and do whatever the manager wants you to do, and try to do your best for the team and the club."