Steve Bruce hails ‘remarkable’ revival at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 12:20 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 12:26 18 April 2019
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Sheffield Wednesday boss Steve Bruce has praised a ‘remarkable’ transformation at his old club Norwich City.
The former League Cup winning Canaries' defender will aim to hold up City's Championship charge when he brings his latest side to Carrow Road on Good Friday.
Bruce is in the midst of his own salvage mission at the Owls, who now look set to miss out on the top six after recent defeats to Aston Villa and Leeds last weekend.
“It's quite remarkable what Norwich have done and it shows what you can do in the Championship,” he said. “They have a good blend in the squad, made some shrewd signings and are a very good team.
“We have to go there and try our best to give our supporters something to shout about. The fans will be travelling a long way and getting home late. It will be difficult but we'll give it everything.
“We want to finish the season as strong as we can. If we're being honest we are short of those at the top and that's where we need to get to, to that level.
“We want to keep the standard the way it has been. The better team won last week but before that, we have set some high standards.
“We have two games in 48 hours. I think next week we will sit down with the chairman and powers at be and thrash out what is next. There are a lot of big decisions to be made.
“I think the first thing is to address the players out of contract. There are nine or 10 of them. It is going to be busy next week. We have to try and move forward.”
Midfielder Adam Reach is ruled out (Achilles) while Rolando Aarons (ankle) looks set to remain on the sidelines.
“He's something different that we haven't got but unfortunately he has picked up an injury which seems to be par for the course,” said Bruce. “Unfortunately it's a shame for him because just as he was running into some form he's picked up an ankle injury and it has kept him out for the last two or three weeks.
“It's part and parcel of it but we miss that he's explosive and that bit of pace but he's still not fit.
“I said when I walked through the door, we always seem to be talking about injuries and it becomes a little tedious. We have to address it and find a solution.”