Captain wants to break run of draws
Chris Lakey Mark Fotheringham has promised all-out attack this afternoon as Norwich City players try and avoid the inevitable consequences of failure - the axe.The January transfer window is beginning to kick in and manager Glenn Roeder is making clear inroads into his rebuilding programme, with two more players axed yesterday.
Mark Fotheringham has promised all-out attack this afternoon as Norwich City players try and avoid the inevitable consequences of failure - the axe.
The January transfer window is beginning to kick in and manager Glenn Roeder is making clear inroads into his rebuilding programme, with two more players axed yesterday.
And that piles the pressure on today's trip to Barnsley when City will be keen to overcome the disappointment of last weekend's no-show in the FA Cup against Bury.
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“It was a wake-up,” admitted the Canaries skipper. “We just didn't perform, and that is the bottom line.
“We know the standards and we know if we don't hit those levels the manager wants us to get to we won't be at this club.
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“This is a great club and we all know the situation now. We need to get back to the basics. We are looking really solid at the back and we just need to start taking our chances.”
Barnsley have lost just once at home this season, but have a sometimes unhealthy disregard for defending, having leaked 10 goals in their four games over Christmas and the New Year.
The timing should be just about right to end a run of seven single-goal returns in a row - and three consecutive draws.
“We are still on a good run, but you would prefer to get the three points, especially as it is so tight down there at the moment,” said Fotheringham.
“A few draws and, okay, you are unbeaten, but you are not really moving any place, whereas a team that loses one, gets a few wins and then loses again are moving a bit further.
“But we go out every match to win, we are not going away from home to draw with these teams. We are a big club, we're Norwich, we get 25,000 fans every week at home, we get a great support every week away - the atmosphere at Crystal Palace was superb - so we have just got to keep going away and attacking teams because that's the only way this team knows how to play.”
City's followers have been frustrated not just by the lack of goals, but also the chances that have gone begging, with last week's third round draw with Bury a perfect example when Chris Martin and Jamie Cureton were the guilty parties.
“If you went out there every day of the week and watched them in training they are banging in goals for fun,” Fotheringham said. “They just need to take that practice on to Saturday. We have got really good quality there - Jamie Cureton was Golden Boot last year and I can assure you that guy can score goals, and we know that.
“They are all capable and have proven in the past they can score goals.”
Fotheringham has scored just once this season, in the Carling Cup rout of Barnet in August, and lags behind fellow midfielder, who has scored twice in the last four league games - but says the responsibility needs to be shared round.
“Goals have got to come from everywhere,” he said. “I have got to start getting goals - Rusty is starting to get them now - the wingers have got to get them, defenders have to come into it as well. We all know that and we are all working hard to try and get goals.
“But we are an attacking team. The manager has got us trying to play football. We can't go away from home and try for a draw, we have got to keep attacking.”