We are fighting for our careers

PUBLISHED: 15:39 06 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:13 14 September 2010

Norwich City winger Lee Croft has admitted he goes into every game for the Canaries looking to fight for his future at the club. Manager Peter Grant said after the 3-0 defeat at Colchester that he is ready to make some "surprising" decisions over who he will show the Carrow Road exit door and Croft revealed that he goes into every match determined to prove to his boss that he deserves to stay in the City first team.

Norwich City winger Lee Croft has admitted he goes into every game for the Canaries looking to fight for his future at the club.

Manager Peter Grant said after the 3-0 defeat at Colchester that he is ready to make some “surprising” decisions over who he will show the Carrow Road exit door and Croft revealed that he goes into every match determined to prove to his boss that he deserves to stay in the City first team.

“You're playing for your future every game - you're playing to keep your place. It's like that week in week out,” he said.

“No-one will be taking it easy from now until the end of the season - you can be sure of that.”

The former Manchester City man admitted that the international break did have a major bearing on the Canaries' disappointing second-half display against Colchester last weekend.

Croft pointed out that it is not the first time this season that the break has disrupted City just when they appear to be getting a bit of form together.

“It seems to affect us. It happened this time and I remember earlier in the season when we were up at the top and we'd just won 5-1, then we had to wait and we got beaten away at Coventry. So it does seem to hinder us a little bit. But we can't moan about that - it's just part of the game.

“The problem is we are not producing what we are showing in training on a match day, which has been the problem sometimes during the season. On our day we are as good as anybody but it's producing that week in, week out that seems to be the problem.”

Croft rejected suggestions that the Canaries have nothing to play for in their final seven games and want to establish a winning mentality in time for next season.

“Every game you go into you want to win it. It doesn't matter what you're playing for.

“Obviously we'd rather be playing to get in the play-offs or to be promoted but every game you're involved in you want to win. We go into every game with the same mentality looking to get the win.”

Croft added that news of youngsters Robert Eagle and Chris Martin committing their futures to the club had come as a real boost to the squad, who are now looking forward to facing promotion challengers West Bromwich Albion on Easter Monday at Carrow Road.

“Eagle has done very well when he's come in and I think he certainly deserves the extra year. He's a good player, and obviously everyone knows about Chrissy and it's good that he's got his contract sorted out and he's here for the long term.”

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