Crofts - Norwich City will stay focused
Andrew Crofts believes the weekend’s results will mean nothing as a “buzzing” Norwich City remain fully focused on looking after themselves, starting with Bristol City at Carrow Road tonight (7.45pm).
With their televised Championship date coming after draws for automatic promotion rivals Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, as well as surprise defeats for Swansea City and Burnley, the latest round of league fixtures could hardly have gone better for the Canaries.
An excellent 3-2 win at promotion hopefuls Leicester City last Tuesday has got Norwich supporters believing automatic promotion is a genuine possibility this season – something a win over the in-form Robins would reinforce.
“It was a great win (at Leicester),” said Crofts. “We’ve only lost once in 15 and twice in the last 22 (in the league) so we’re in really good form.
“Leicester are a really good side and to be fair 3-2 flattered them a bit because we played really well and could have scored a couple more. But it was a great team performance and a great three points.
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“The boys are buzzing. Obviously the gaffer and his staff are great to play for and they’re out-and-out winners. It rubs off on all the lads and there’s a great team spirit, it’s good to be a part of.
“The boys will have seen the results on Saturday and Sunday but it won’t really have a major impact because we’re just focused on Bristol City on Monday and hopefully looking to get the three points there.
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“We’re just taking it game by game, each one we want to win and don’t fear anyone. We’re in a great position and it’s credit to everyone at the club for that, we’ve just got to keep going.”
Keith Millen’s Robins will be a different proposition to the bottom of the table side comfortably dispatched 3-0 by City at Ashton Gate in October, thanks to Simeon Jackson’s impressive brace and a Wes Hoolahan penalty.
Bristol City have influential striker Nicky Maynard back from a pre-season knee injury, and his goals have helped fire the Robins to the relative safety of midtable on the back of four consecutive wins.
Crofts admitted: “I don’t think the first game will make any difference, this will be a totally different game. Every game in this league is difficult, that’s why it’s so good to play in because everyone can beat everyone else on their day.
“Obviously with our form at the moment and the way we’re playing we just want to approach every game the same and hopefully get the three points.”
Aaron Wilbraham and Zak Whitbread will hopefully be available, having started in the win at Leicester despite picking up back and rib injuries, respectively, in the home draw with Preston days earlier.
Simon Lappin could be back on the City bench for the first time since surgery to remove his appendix, but striker Chris Martin remains out with a hamstring injury.