Chadwick: Best is yet to come
DAVID CUFFLEY Luke Chadwick is enjoying a new lease of life since the arrival of Glenn Roeder as Norwich City manager - and reckons the best is yet to come. Chadwick's first goal of the season, against Coventry on Saturday, and his first for more than a year, set the bottom-placed Canaries on course for their first victory in 12 Championship games.
Luke Chadwick is enjoying a new lease of life since the arrival of Glenn Roeder as Norwich City manager - and reckons the best is yet to come.
Chadwick's first goal of the season, against Coventry on Saturday, and his first for more than a year, set the bottom-placed Canaries on course for their first victory in 12 Championship games.
They will be looking to end a run of seven straight league defeats away from home when they face fellow strugglers Blackpool at Bloomfield Road tonight (7.45pm).
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The 27-year-old winger has benefited from a vote of confidence from Roeder, who has named him in his starting line-up every time so far, except when he missed the trip to Plymouth with a hamstring injury, and spoke of the need to build up the confidence of the Cambridge-born player.
“Without a doubt, I feel the new manager has come in and shown a lot of confidence in me and I think I'm starting to play the way I can play, produce the form I know I can produce and I hope I can keep improving that and get to the top of my game,” said Chadwick.
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“In the last few games, I've felt more myself. I've not really felt 100 per cent fit, 100 per cent sharp, but the last few games I've felt a lot sharper and hopefully I'm going to kick on and start playing as well as I know I can.”
His goal was his first since his debut at Ipswich more than 12 months ago and he said: “It was brilliant. It's been a long time coming, and I'm happy to get the goal but more delighted that we've got that precious three points and hopefully we can kick on from here.
“It's been so long since we got a result. It's great to go in the dressing room after a game and think we've achieved something. It's only one win but that's the start, hopefully, of a few more to come.”
Chadwick said there was a sense that City were set to end that long barren run on their travels.
“I think everyone senses it. Everyone's really positive. We got a lot of confidence after getting that win on Saturday,” he said.
“I think it's good that a few players have come in because it definitely freshens the place up and keeps everyone on their toes and the new lads have come in and done really well.
“I saw quite a bit of Blackpool last season and they did really well. They've come up and done quite well at home, but I'm sure we've got the players capable of going up there and getting a good result.
“We have to work hard and show the same sort of spirit we showed on Saturday and if we all produce our best form we can definitely go up there and get a result. We will go out there in a positive frame of mind.
“We're both down at the bottom of the league so it's a massive, massive game and if we can get three points it will be brilliant for us, so it is a six-pointer in that respect.”
Chadwick added: “The fans have been brilliant all the way through and brilliant to the team, considering the position we're in. Now we can give a bit back to them, they've been supporting us so well.”
Roeder had been in the job little more than a week when he said of Chadwick: “I always thought he was a decent player. I think he is a player who needs to be given confidence. I think he needs to play for people that he knows believe in him - that is the impression I get of him around the place, as a human being. We can hopefully bring the best out of him because he is talented.”