Croft - Give the fans an away win
Jonathan Redhead Winger Lee Croft says giving Norwich City's hordes of travelling fans something to cheer about is the key to league success this season - and he wants lift-off at Burnley on Saturday.
Winger Lee Croft says giving Norwich City's hordes of travelling fans something to cheer about is the key to league success this season - and he wants lift-off at Burnley on Saturday.
More than 1,200 of the Canaries faithful made the fruitless trip to a bitterly cold Pride Park on Tuesday to see City's two-match winning run come to a sudden halt with an awful 3-1 defeat.
Those fans have had little to cheer about away from Carrow Road since the second week in September following the 2-1 victory at Plymouth - City's only away win of the campaign so far.
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Now Croft wants Glenn Roeder's side to generate the kind of performances that saw success against Wolves and Doncaster last week and give City's fans more wins to celebrate.
"We've said it so often. They (the fans) were brilliant," Croft said after the defeat at Derby.
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"We do want to give them something to cheer about on the road.
"They're brilliant at every single away game, travelling with us and supporting us.
"We need to take our home wins and if we want to do something in the league we need to start producing things away from home, like we did at Plymouth, which seems a long time ago now. We need to reproduce that form again.
"We need to make sure the confidence doesn't go and we continue playing and trying to win games. The only good thing about football is there is another game on Saturday to try to put it right.
"We've not done ourselves justice and we'll go to Burnley on Saturday and hopefully put on a better performance and hopefully put on a winning performance."
Burnley are currently flying-high in the league and sit in fifth place after Tuesday's win against Reading at Turf Moor courtesy of a Robbie Blake strike in the final 10 minutes.
And Croft said scoring the first goal would be a nice change for City who have so often found themselves chasing games after going behind.
"As soon as the first goal goes in it knocks the wind out of you and it happens to us on quite a few occasions," the former Manchester City star said.
"We're playing with the ball, getting some nice touches and getting to grips with the game and they get one at the other end and it's so frustrating.
"As I say it knocks the wind out of you a bit. I can't put my finger on it."
Croft also felt the Canaries could have snatched an undeserved point at Pride Park after a second half comeback which led to John Kennedy's header bringing the score to 2-1 and other chances coming their way, notably one from leading scorer Leroy Lita.
"We've gone behind again in a game and then conceded another one," Croft said.
"In the second half, and even in the first half, we had a few chances. We've come out in the second half and given ourselves a bit of a lifeline and got a goal back but then conceded another sloppy goal at the end.
"It seems like we've got excuses, but I think we have missed chances again. But at the end of the day we've not got the three points.
"I think we started all right in the first 10, 15 minutes and we're playing the ball around.
"The gaffer has said a few words at half-time and made a few changes and we gave a bit more of a fight in the second half, had them on the racks and they go and score another goal and it kills the game."