Play it again - Sammy

PUBLISHED: 13:03 12 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 10 September 2010

Midfielder Sammy Clingan hopes Norwich City can play like they did on Saturday - but this time find the goals to hit the winning trail at MK Dons tonight.

Midfielder Sammy Clingan hopes Norwich City can play like they did on Saturday - but this time find the goals to hit the winning trail at MK Dons tonight.

The 24-year-old is still bitter after conceding a penalty on his debut at Coventry City, a decision he describes as an “absolute disgrace” that changed the direction of the match.

But after playing his part in helping the Canaries outclass the Sky Blues with some excellent passing football, Clingan hopes City can add the finishing touches to kickstart the season at in their Carling Cup clash at Stadiummk and go on a winning run.

“I think throughout the game (at Coventry) you would have thought we were the home side the way we kept the ball and created chances,” he said.

“Now we've just got to look forward to the next game and put that to the backs of our minds and try and get on a winning run.

“It will take time to gel the quicker we do it the better.

“The quicker we get winning it'll breed confidence in among the players and then we can push on and have a good run.

“Every footballer wants to play every game and I'm no different whether it's a friendly, Carling Cup, FA Cup whatever, you just want to play every game.

“If we can win it can bring a lot of confidence to the lads for the game on Saturday against Blackpool.”

Clingan, the Northern Ireland international who joined from Nottingham Forest, was happy with his debut apart from the controversial moment just seconds into the second half at the Ricoh Arena.

Referee Colin Webster adjudged Clingan to have fouled Sky Blues midfielder Guillaume Beuzelin as the Frenchman tumbled dramatically in the Canaries box.

Webster pointed to the penalty spot to the chagrin of Clingan and the amazement of his teammates and maybe even Beuzelin himself.

“I think personally it went ok for me, apart from the penalty decision which I thought was an absolute disgrace,” Clingan said. “The lad's even came and said that he had a dive after they've scored the penalty, but that's no consolation.

“There was no contact. I misjudged the header to start off with and then I knew when the lad was in front of me I couldn't touch him because he was in the box. I sort of put my arms up in the air and the referee's come and said I bundled him over.

“You get these decisions in the game and you've just got to get on with it, but as I said it was a bit of a setback because it was straight after half time and they got the goal and it put them on the front foot a little bit.

“It's changed the whole direction of the game because we were on top throughout the game.

“But saying that, we did create chances and I think if we could have taken them we could have gone on and won the game.”

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