Cureton certain City have turned corner

Norwich super-sub Jamie Cureton warns Charlton to be wary of the resurgent Canaries in this afternoon's Boxing Day clash.

Norwich super-sub Jamie Cureton warns Charlton to be wary of the resurgent Canaries in this afternoon's Boxing Day clash.

Cureton's late close-range prod pocketed a priceless Championship away win at Scunthorpe to maintain City's revival under Glenn Roeder.

The 32-year-old insists Norwich have plenty left in the tank to trouble Alan Pardew's pre-season promotion favourites at Carrow Road.

"Now we're in a good vein of form we are confident of beating anyone," said Cureton. "Charlton are a big club with a lot of talented players. They've got a huge chance of promotion but they'll be a lot more aware of us than probably a little while ago. They know they're coming into a game against a side who needs the points maybe more than them. If we can keep this run going and keep performing well we've got every chance of beating them."

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Cureton ended a recent drought with his seventh of the campaign - and first on the road in his second City spell - at Glanford Park but is desperate to earn a Boxing Day start.

"I've missed a few of late so it was nice to get one in the net to get back up and running," he said. "I didn't catch it as cleanly as I would've like but I'm not bothered how they go in. You've just got to make an impression when you come on because you don't want to be on the bench. You want to be in the side for the next game.

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"I was disappointed to be left out but the manager has an opportunity to chose from a lot of players. It's not easy but I got my chance, stuck one away, and hopefully staked a claim. It's about a squad game and the manager is proving that by the changes he is making."

Cureton's late poacher's strike was also the perfect Christmas present for City's rejuvenated squad.

"It does help to spend Christmas Day with the families," he said. "There's no better way than getting three points. Footballers don't like getting beat. They get depressed and don't enjoy the days after a defeat. You just can't wait for the next game to come around. It meant we could enjoy Christmas and now concentrate on Charlton.

"The last two games have been massive. Obviously, going to Colchester and Scunthorpe we wanted six points. I think four is a very good return from two teams around us. We clawed points on them and clawed away from other teams down there but now we've got two important home games."

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