Green proud of winning run

PUBLISHED: 06:45 18 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:17 14 September 2010

Goalkeeper Robert Green is proud of the way the Canaries have overcome a difficult set of circumstances to put together a run of three straight victories at Carrow Road.

Goalkeeper Robert Green is proud of the way the Canaries have overcome a difficult set of circumstances to put together a run of three straight victories at Carrow Road.

City's previous three home games have all featured varying degrees of supporters' unrest, with anti Worthington demonstrations outside the ground and a muted, and at times tense, atmosphere inside it.

With various fans' groups having made conciliatory noises this week, and no protest planned, it should a different story when Norwich take on Sheffield United today and while Green is pleased to hear that he doesn't believe an apparent truce will have any effect on the players.

“The last three games where there have been protests we have won them all - so I think that proves we have managed to concentrate on the job in hand,” said England's third choice keeper.

“We don't ignore what fans are saying - far from it - but it doesn't realty effect us once we get out on to the pitch. You like to think they are not aiming it at the team and it doesn't make any difference to us whatsoever. We just go out and play football. I am sure we would go out there and put the same effort in if there were no people there rather than 25,000.

“That just the way it is. If people want to have their say it's fine. All we are motivated about is playing for Norwich City.”

Like all his colleagues Green is hoping for another excellent performance, and result, today, after the morale-boosting 2-2 draw at Leeds last week.

“In a few other games this season we have gone 1-0 down and then it has gone on to be two, three or four and become a really bad afternoon. At Elland Road we held in there, used the break to regroup and then came out and put in a decent performance. I got pretty cold for 30 minutes or so because I didn't have much to do - and I certainly wasn't complaining about that.

“Considering the conditions and the state of the pitch I think that was right up there with our best performances of the season.

“Now we have got to follow that up - and we know it is going to be another tough game. It will be similar to Leeds in that it be will a big physical challenge. They have got a lot to play for and we have got not so much to play for but everyone will be up for it, don't worry about that.”

Green is well aware that a late Leeds free-kick turned an excellent result into just a good one last weekend. Paul Gallagher's conversion from a similar position in City's previous home game against Stoke is also fresh in his mind - and he will clearly be less than amused if one of his colleagues fouls in a dangerous area this afternoon.

“Although it was a good result at Leeds it was also a little bit disappointing because when you score two goals away from home you are certainly looking to win the game,” he said. “Unfortunately we gave away a needless free-kick and they stuck it away.

“I would say that we have conceded rather too many free-kicks in recent weeks and we have got punished on a couple of occasions. That is something we need to cut out.”

The 26-year-old keeper goes into today's game with a fresh bout of speculation linking him with a move back to the Premiership. According to one national newspaper, Everton will be making a big-money move for the City star during the summer - but Green insists that's news to him.

“What can I say?” he said. “All I can do is give you a stock reply. I haven't heard anything about that and I am sure the club haven't either. It's just people filling up space in newspapers.”

As far as his future at Carrow Road is concerned Green continues to play a straight bat to deliveries from the media. He is contracted until the end of next season, with the Canaries having the option for a further year after that, and is happy to leave it at that right now.

“It's not something I have given much thought to yet - there is a lot of football to be played before then,” he said. “At the moment I have got the remainder of this season to think about and then there's the World Cup, which I am obviously hoping to be involved in.

“After all that I will consider how long is left on my contract and things like that but it is not an issue I am concentrating on at the moment.

“To be honest all I am thinking about now is doing a good job against Sheffield United on Saturday - and hopefully coming away with all three points.”

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