Let's be having you - Canaries boss

PUBLISHED: 11:14 26 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 10 September 2010

Chris Lakey

Norwich City fans have been told to cheer the Canaries to safety at Carrow Road this afternoon.

City's final home game of the season, against Queens Park Rangers, could be the difference between another season in the Championship and relegation to League One.

Norwich City fans have been told to cheer the Canaries to safety at Carrow Road this afternoon.

City's final home game of the season, against Queens Park Rangers, could be the difference between another season in the Championship and relegation to League One.

And manager Glenn Roeder says the fans can help City win the three points they need to guarantee their survival.

With a wish list reminiscent of Delia Smith's famous half-time overture to fans during the game against Manchester City a little over three years ago, Roeder has asked for the fans to stay calm, make lots of noise and become the team's 12th man.

“I can only say, 'don't be nervy',” he said. “Don't let it be a ball and chain around your legs. Come and get behind us, be our 12th man.

“Because the players do talk about it afterwards, they say, 'the crowd were excellent today', or they say, 'weren't they quiet'? The first game the atmosphere inside Carrow Road - I didn't realise it could get as serious as that, for that derby game, that first game, and we need that sort of support tomorrow.

“They enjoy it, the players that play - that drives them on. They don't buckle with that noise behind them, they actually grow, so come into the ground very positive and get behind us straight away.

“We want to win our last game at home in front of our own supporters, that's huge. The supporters have been magnificent, but the chosen ones have got to go out and win a game of football, and for me if I was one of the players it would be a massive honour if I was one of the chosen ones to go out and win the last game of the season at home.

“The fans have been fantastic all year. As I said in the very beginning it was one of the reasons I wanted to be manager of this club because the club could draw 25,000 people to watch it when they were in what was virtually a hopeless position.”

Roeder insists his players have remained calm ahead of today's crucial clash.

“There has been no change, they are the same as they have always been,” he said. “They were fine leading up to my first game against Ipswich when we were tailed off, needing snookers nearly. They have hardly even been any different since they've been here, there is no need for them to be any different.”

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