Cureton hoping Barnsley will suffer Cup
Chris Lakey Jamie Cureton is hoping Barnsley suffer an FA Cup hangover when they visit Carrow Road on Saturday.
Jamie Cureton is hoping Barnsley suffer an FA Cup hangover when they visit Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Tykes produced the upset of the round on Saturday when they won at Liverpool to book themselves a quarter-final clash against Chelsea. But City hot shot Cureton believes Barnsley's Cup exploits could have an adverse affect - and help Norwich get their play-off ambitions back on track after the 4-0 defeat at Leicester.
"You wonder what their attitude is going to be like I suppose because they have come off a massive high and sometimes when you have highs like that you come into your next game and maybe you think you are a bit more invincible or you are thinking about the next round," he said. "It is an interesting situation. If they take it in the right manner and come to us full of confidence it is going to be a very tough game. You hope maybe they come a bit too over confident and we can take advantage of that."
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City desperately need all three points if they are to stand any chance of making the top six, but Cureton says manager Glenn Roeder has now drawn a line under Saturday's 'no show' at the Walkers Stadium.
"We had a meeting before training today," he said. "The gaffer wanted to clear the air which I felt was good. He spoke about things and said basically it's the last time he is going to mention it. He just wanted to get a few things out in the open. He felt with the result he needed to just discuss a few things, nothing intense, just a general chit chat, and then we went out and had a really good session. Once you get beat like that you just want to get going again."
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City were 3-1 winners at Barnsley little over a month ago and Cureton believes they can record a double - even without suspended trio Darel Russell, Mark Fotheringham and Dion Dublin - and keep play-off hopes alive.
"It could have been five," he said. "We played very well on the day and have to take confidence from that. We are playing well, we had one blip which I don't think will affect us, it is just one we can put behind us and hopefully now kick on and go another 13 games unbeaten.
"I think the boys are looking forward to it purely because of what happened on Saturday. With those sort of results you want a game straight away to put it right. The boys are looking forward to that.
"We have a few who will be missing but it is going to give other players that have been waiting a chance to get in the side and try and stay in the side and sometimes that can work in our favour because the three lads that get the shirt are going to be buzzing and really wanting to impress."