Croft keen to make most of break

Winger Lee Croft says he is frustrated at the Canaries' enforced break because of international games - but is determined they will use it to their advantage.

Winger Lee Croft says he is frustrated at the Canaries' enforced break because of international games - but is determined they will use it to their advantage.

Croft started in the defeat against Derby at Carrow Road on Saturday, and says in an ideal world Glenn Roeder's side would be able to get straight back into action in a bid to bounce back into form.

But now City must wait until October 18 when they travel to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in a bid to end a run of three games without a win, which has seen them slip to 21st in the Coca-Cola Championship.

"Obviously we don't really want a break at this time, especially after a defeat because we would much rather get straight back into the next game," said Croft.

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"The international break has come around and we've got to use these two weeks to recuperate and get ourselves back together, and work on a few things at the training ground.

"Hopefully we'll go to Bristol and get the three points.

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"That's the good thing about football - if you have a bad game and you don't get a result, there's always the next match which comes quickly and you can get over it.

"After our defeat last weekend we've got a long wait which isn't nice but we'll use it to our advantage."

The reverse against the 10 men of Derby saw the latest in a long list of City loan recruits make his debut this season when Reading's Leroy Lita stepped on to the pitch at Carrow Road.

But Croft said the former England Under-21 international had already made an impression.

"He looks sharp, he only trained with us before Saturday and he was really sharp in training," Croft said. "I think he showed glimpses of what he can do on Saturday and I'm sure there's a lot to come from him over the month he's here.

"He's a good player, he's a proven player as well so we just need to get used to each other and I'm sure he'll score goals for us."

Looking ahead to City's clash with the Robins, 23-year-old Croft told City's offical website that the team needed to make sure they were not feeling sorry for themselves and started turning decent performances into good results to climb up the table.

"There have been games where we should have come away with more than we did, but it's a results business and we need to put that right," said Croft.

"I think when results don't come your way then maybe sometimes some lads might get a bit down, but the gaffer won't let us do that and he'll make sure even on a Monday after a defeat that we forget about it and move on to the next game.

"I'm sure it will only take a result or two and we'll all be back to our normal selves and looking up rather than down.

"It's a tough division to be in, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination.

"There's a lot of other teams and anyone can beat anyone and I think the key is consistency and that's what I've found - if you have a consistent run in games you suddenly find yourself right up there.

"It is a case of needing to be more consistent and we need to start getting some more wins under our belt and then the rest will follow."

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