Jamal has the taste for goals
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Jamal Lewis is urging Norwich City to copy Southampton’s powers of recovery to try and revive their flagging Premier League relegation hopes.
The Saints picked up after an humiliating 9-0 home defeat to Leicester earlier in the season, and are scheduled to arrive at Carrow Road on Saturday seven points clear of the bottom three.
The Premier League's late night statement on Thursday they will convene an emergency meeting to discuss future fixtures, in light of a Covid-19 diagnosis for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, now casts major doubt on whether City play this weekend.
But if and when the Premier League resumes City need wins, and plenty of them, to pull off what Daniel Farke is labelling a 'little miracle' to stay up.
'Southampton have got themselves out of a tough situation they were in earlier in the season,' said the Norwich left-back. 'They've done really well.
'We still see it as three points at home and we owe it to ourselves and the fans to put in a top performance so we can come out with three points and keep applying that pressure.
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'For me personally, it's just about applying pressure to the other guys.
'If we can get that gap to within three points, anything can happen within the last few games.
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'If we can just bridge that gap, then we can aim for something special.
'It's a little bit like the Championship. You get a good week and you can start to climb up. The boys are still optimistic. Obviously, we lost last week but if we can bounce back with a win this week that would be the best reaction.
'It's football and there are a lot of crazy things that can happen. We're just working hard and staying optimistic.'
Lewis was the Carrow Road match-winner against Leicester with a superb slashing half-volley past Kasper Schmeichel, and he hopes the fans are just as loud if they get the chance this weekend.
'In the first 24 hours after, I watched it quite a bit but not as much now,' he said, speaking to the club's official site.
'We just had to focus on the next few games because it was quite a busy week ahead, but it was a good finish and hopefully I can chip in with a few more to help the team.
'I've played at Carrow Road for two and a half seasons so it's a great atmosphere all the time.
'We just need the fans to keep getting behind us.
'I know it's been a tough year for them as we haven't won as many home games as we did last year, but they've been great, nevertheless. We really appreciate them, and I love playing there.'