City skipper walks three-match tightrope

David Cuffley City skipper Grant Holt has three games to survive without a yellow card to avoid being suspended again this season.Holt picked up his ninth booking in the 1-0 home win over Leeds - and one more yellow before the second Sunday in April would activate a two-match ban.

David Cuffley

City skipper Grant Holt has three games to survive without a yellow card to avoid being suspended again this season.

Holt picked up his ninth booking in the 1-0 home win over Leeds - and one more yellow before the second Sunday in April would activate a two-match ban.

That means the Canaries' leading scorer has tonight's game at Tranmere Rovers and the home games against Stockport and MK Dons to negotiate before the cut-off point, after which players escape a ban and are merely warned about their future conduct.


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Manager Paul Lambert will not be urging Holt to change his approach, however.

He said: “I just have to let him play his own game. If you take that out of Grant's game you might lose a bit. I hope he gets through the next few games without getting a yellow card, but I can't curtail his enthusiasm for the game.”

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Midfielder Korey Smith is the one doubtful starter as the League One leaders prepare for their televised game at Prenton Park.

The 19-year-old was hobbling with a “dead leg” and was substituted towards the end of the game against Leeds.

“He's a little bit of a doubt at the minute so we'll just see how he is,” said manager Paul Lambert. “He's played an awful lot of games and he's been terrific for me.”

Defender Jens Berthel Askou (foot) and forward Luke Daley (thigh) are still out of action.

Tranmere boss Les Parry is hoping top scorer Ian Thomas-Moore will be available after a knee injury.

The striker, who has 10 goals this season, has had injections to manage the injury, but remains doubtful. He has missed the last two matches, with Rovers failing to score in any of their last three.

Thomas-Moore could replace on-loan Leeds winger Andy Robinson, suspended after his red card in the 3-0 defeat at Brighton.

Left-back Zoumana Bakayogo is available after a two-match ban for a red card in stoppage time at Bristol Rovers.

Midfielder Gareth Edds is also in line for a comeback after illness. His last appearance was in the 4-1 home defeat by Leeds last month.

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