It was an epic Norwich City victory – but Alex Pritchard has no plans to linger on the high points as Newcastle United clash comes into view
PUBLISHED: 15:58 12 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:33 12 February 2017
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A spectacular win with spectacular goals – but Alex Pritchard only has eyes for following it up on Tuesday night.
The Norwich City forward may have played second fiddle to the stunning goals of Wes Hoolahan and especially Jonny Howson, but his own brace and man of the match performance did as much as anyone to help thrash Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road.
Victory number 11 in front of their own fans was as sweet as they come – and it’s Championship leaders Newcastle next up.
“Of course this helps us make Carrow Road a fortress; people won’t want to come here,” said Pritchard. “But then you look at the game coming up with Newcastle. With the confidence and what we’ve done here, we’ve got to take that in to Tuesday night and we’ve got to turn up.
“If we don’t turn up, we’ll get turned over. It’s as simple as that in this league.
“The truth is the win at Cardiff was a lot more sweet – but no one takes any notice of those games. It’s true. No one cares about the Cardiff game, 1-0, set-piece. The ball was in the air. I think I got neck ache on the bench.
“But they’re the games you have to grind out and you have to win. And then when you come here, you have to play football and you have to win the game.
“This is irrelevant now. No one is going to look back at this game. Now it’s Tuesday and if we don’t get a result, the crowd are going to be on top of us again.
“So we’ve got to work hard and hopefully the crowd will be behind us after that result, but all that matters is the three points.”
City remain outside the Championship top six following their nightmare autumn, but Saturday’s win made it 13 points out of a possible 15 since defeat at Rotherham last month – and the atmosphere in the City camp is changing too.
“Yeah, you can sense it,” added Pritchard. “The players are on at each other, there’s more laughing, more joking.
“I know the time we had was really bad, but we put ourselves in that situation – and we’ve got to get ourselves out of that situation.
“Take away the fans and stuff, it was our own fault. We can only blame ourselves. And now we’ve got to get ourselves out of it.
“Tuesday against Newcastle, we’ve just got to go and win it. It’s as simple as that.”