We’re too good to be relegated - Colin
PUBLISHED: 09:36 31 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:02 14 September 2010
Defender Jürgen Colin took one look at the Coca-Cola Championship table after City's fifth home defeat of the season plunged them further into trouble but insisted: “I'm not thinking about relegation.
Defender Jürgen Colin took one look at the Coca-Cola Championship table after City's fifth home defeat of the season plunged them further into trouble but insisted: “I'm not thinking about relegation.”
Last night's 1-0 reverse at the hands of Wolves at Carrow Road left the Canaries just four points clear of the bottom three places on a night when strugglers Barnsley, Leeds and Southend all chalked up vital victories.
Michael Kightly struck the winner for Wolves seven minutes into the second half, but they finished the match with nine men after Gary Breen was shown a straight red card and Jackie McNamara dismissed for two yellows.
But Dutch full-back Colin, who played his full part in City's almost ceaseless but ultimately fruitless bombardment of Mick McCarthy's men, was adamant City would not be taking the plunge into League One. Mention of the word relegation brought a short, sharp response.
“I don't think about it. That won't happen. We're too good for that. No way,” said Colin.
“I think if you look at the game tonight, we had a lot of chances and what can you say? The only word I have is unlucky, I think.
“It was a good performance by their 'keeper and he was there at the right place every time. They had one chance and it went in. We had a lot of chances and dominated all the game.”
Colin is well aware of City's position after just one win in nine league games - but described the latest defeat as “unbelievable”.
He said: “If you look at the table, we're close to the bottom, but I think we played well as a team and created chances. We are not doing well but if you lose like this it's just horrible.”
He said he could understand manager Peter Grant's frustration at another home failure and said: “He's right. He does his job and he wants us to do it on the pitch and we tried to do it for him and I think we were just unlucky today.”
With bottom side Leeds the visitors for a genuine six-pointer on Saturday, he insisted: “It won't happen twice. We just have to keep fighting.”
Colin said he felt more comfortable with the greater attacking role demanded of him since Grant's arrival.
“I have to do it because that's what the gaffer wants from me and if I don't do it I will be on the bench. I don't want that. It feels right, it feels good. You have to work at it.”