Marshall: Barnsley can provide perfect pick-me-up

PUBLISHED: 09:04 19 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:25 10 September 2010

Canaries keeper David Marshall says City have the ideal platform to get back on track after their weekend mauling at Leicester.

Canaries keeper David Marshall says City have the ideal platform to get back on track after their weekend mauling at Leicester.

City face FA Cup giant-killers Barnsley at Carrow Road on Saturday and, seven days later, follow up with another home game, against Blackpool.

And, having seen the 13-game unbeaten run come to an end, Marshall says it's vital City make the most of home advantage.

"It was disappointing with the run we have been on," said Marshall, who produced two spectacular first-half saves to deny Leicester. "We just didn't really get going, the first goal kind of killed us. At half-time we thought if we could get back to the way we had been playing then maybe we would have a chance of getting something out of the game, but it wasn't to be and now we just need to get back on track. I think we have 13 league games to go now, starting with a tough game against Barnsley, but with two games at home in a row it should be good for us and we are looking forward to them."

Darel Russell's red card - which came with City two down - ruined any chance of a come-back, although City boss Glenn Roeder changed to a 3-3-3 formation in a bid to overcome the odds.

"We ended up going three at the back just trying to get something from the game because we know every game is precious to us and the games are running out," said Marshall. "So I think 4-0 is a bit of an over-the-top scoreline with us going down to 10 men."

Russell sits out the next three games, while Dion Dublin and skipper Mark Fotheringham both picked up their fifth yellows of the season to rule them out of this weekend's game.

Roeder said after the weekend defeat it would give other players the chance to stake their claim for the shirt.

Marshall said: "I think this is why the Gaffer bought in so many loan players. It will test the squad, but as I said the next two games at home are vital and we will be looking to win both."

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