Anthony Pilkington believes Norwich City need to get back to winning ways quickly – and the return of Grant Holt would certainly help make it happen.

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The Canaries’ skipper was missing from Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City after failing a late fitness test but Norwich will hope he can make this afternoon’s Premier League trip to West Ham despite his hamstring concerns.

City travel to Upton Park off the back of three straight defeats, having previously been unbeaten in a club Premier League record 10 matches – but they may have to make the trip without Holt’s most likely replacement Steve Morison, who departed early on Saturday with a thigh strain.

“I think it’s important we don’t lose on Tuesday because you look to win every game,” said Pilkington. “We haven’t won in three and we were disappointed against Man City because we felt we could have got something from the game.

“The lads can take some confidence from the way we battled back, though, and hopefully take that into Tuesday’s game and get a result.

“I don’t think they wanted to risk Grant on Saturday, but hopefully he will be back for West Ham. Harry Kane came on at the weekend and he did really well, but Grant Holt is the main man. He is a massive player for the club and when he doesn’t play we are always going to miss him.

“There are a couple of injuries. Holt missed Saturday and hopefully will come in for Tuesday, and Moro has picked up an injury and there are a few other knocks here and there. So hopefully we can get ourselves together.

“It is going to be another tough game. Any away game in this league is going to be really tough and they’ve been on a really good run and picked up a lot of points, especially after being promoted last season. So it’s going to be really tough and a game we’re hoping to get something from.

“We have got to pick ourselves up, but we can take a little bit of confidence with the way we came back on Saturday and hopefully take that on into Tuesday.”

10 comments

  • Maybe not the strength in depth we thought we had. Defo need another striker. Take Holt out the team + 70% of the attacking threat seems to vanish.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • One too many last, Pilks not Pliks, although Pliks does sound better. HAPPY NEW to all.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Well Pliks me old chum, a few better crosses from you and Snoders might improve our chances, oh I forgot, we also need someone in the box to bang them in. Crunch game this, it's one that we really need to get something out of. We're due a little bit of good fortune, an own goal, a soft pen or an underhit or wayward back pass. OTBC

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • I'm SURE "the whites" is rhyming slang.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • 2-0 easy easy 4 on a trot going down ha ha

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    thewhites

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Or Hermaphroditism?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Oh I give up, I'll come back next year.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Just thinking about the rather inarticulate post from thesh, sorry the whites, perhaps we should consider our ex Leeds midfielders. If they couldn't get what is clearly the best team in Britain out of Championship mediocrity how can we expect them to perform in the Premiership? As is clearly the case with thewhites it's enough to turn a man to onanism.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • come on youuuuuuu hammers. make four defeats on the trot haha

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    thewhites

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Not a good performance from Pilkington, Howson or Kane today, Russell Martin needs to play upfront only one in the team knows where the goal is ..game not helped by very poor referee.. City looked tired and devoid of ideas...draw would have been a decent result...really miss Holt, Ruddy and today Bradley Johnson...looks like we will be busy in the transfer market this month!

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    kevin rymell

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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