Get ready to see the flipside of Earnie
PUBLISHED: 11:58 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:12 14 September 2010
Norwich City fans need have no fear - Robert Earnshaw's trademark tumble is still in good working order and is ready for a long overdue return. The last time the little striker got on the scoresheet was for West Bromwich Albion in their 4-0 win over Everton back in November, but the Welsh international admits his unique goal celebration will be ready to roll come the appropriate time.
Norwich City fans need have no fear - Robert Earnshaw's trademark tumble is still in good working order and is ready for a long overdue return.
The last time the little striker got on the scoresheet was for West Bromwich Albion in their 4-0 win over Everton back in November, but the Welsh international admits his unique goal celebration will be ready to roll come the appropriate time - hopefully against Hull City at the KC Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
"Yes, it would be nice to have something to celebrate," said Earnshaw, who has no real gymnastics background and admits his routine just came naturally to him.
"I've just always done it. I used to do it when I was younger in the local leagues when I scored.
"It's not something that I need to practise and if I did I think the boys would just take the mickey out of me. I've always been gymnastic and quite athletic and I've just been able to do all that sort of stuff."
However, for Earnshaw to have a chance of unveiling the fantastic flip to the Canary fans, or his strutting matador or indeed the machine gun mime, he will need the right kind of service - and only standing a shade over 5ft 5in that pretty much rules out City's current predilection for the long ball.
"If things are in the air then defenders favour it and it's not good for me," admitted the 24-year-old Zambian-born striker. "If we play football, which this team will do, then I think that we'll be brilliant.
"I think all through the team we've got players and their strength is with the ball at their feet and they can do things with it.
"We didn't use everybody's abilities and strengths the best last week. We could have played a bit more and when we play we are a good team," added Earnshaw, referring to his City debut in the 2-1 derby defeat by Ipswich on Sunday.
"And that's hopefully what we've been working on, keeping possession and being patient and playing football until things are on and then we'll get through.
"The players are confident here and they know their own abilities. Sometimes it will take only one game where things come off and that will have a knock-on effect and we'll just keep on doing it and doing it. Or we can work on it and work on it and eventually it will come off."
Earnshaw declared: "The main thing is that we need to start winning. We had a chat about it after the game last week and we talked about everything and we came to the conclusion that none of that was good enough. We need to start winning games, whatever it takes. If we play badly, we have still got to make sure we get a draw at least."
Earnshaw, as he freely admits, is not 100 per cent match fit, having left West Bromwich as a Bryan Robson outcast, and the same can be said of loan signing Jonatan Johansson, from Charlton, but the new £2.75m man seems desperate to make up for lost time and get back on the goal trail.
"Right now me and JJ both needs games. We need to play and to get fit," he added.
"I'm probably about 80 per cent at the moment. I've not really played a lot of first-team games, a lot of full games. There is no substitute for that and when you start about five games you'll probably be as sharp as you can be."
Earnshaw is also hoping that regular football at club level gives him the match sharpness and eye for goal to make him an established figure in John Toshack's first-choice Wales side for the start of the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
Equally, John Hartson's decision to quit the international scene gives him an opportunity to establish himself in the Wales line-up.
But Earnshaw stressed he should not be compared with Hartson.
"Like for like, we are completely different as players and as personalities," he explained.
"It's disappointing for Wales. He's a great player and I always enjoyed playing with him and I'm going to miss that.
"He was great for me and we worked well together. And most of the times we played together we scored goals.
"I don't think that we should look at anyone to fill his boots because people should come in because they are good enough and because they have come in and done well.
"That's the chance for us now, me, Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs and whoever plays up there. We've played some good football over the last two or three games and now is when the proper preparation begins because it's only a few months before the start of the Euro 2008 campaign. It's going to be a test for all the youngsters as there are a few who have come in."
Toshack's side are in Group D with San Marino, Germany, Cyprus, Slovakia, Czech Republic and the Republic of Ireland and will name a squad next week for the March 1 friendly with Paraguay.