Don’t expect it to be any easier next week - Darel

Chris Lakey Canaries midfielder Darel Russell has warned Bury to be prepared for a very Norwich City side when the two teams meet in a replay a week tomorrow.Both teams go into the hat for today's fourth round draw after the 1-1 stalemate at Carrow Road.

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Canaries midfielder Darel Russell has warned Bury to be prepared for a very Norwich City side when the two teams meet in a replay a week tomorrow.

Both teams go into the hat for today's fourth round draw after the 1-1 stalemate at Carrow Road. But while most players dream of meeting one of the Premiership's big teams, Russell is looking forward to a trip to the League Two Bury's Gigg Lane - and says City need no incentive to consign the weekend showing to the history books.

"I don't think we need that as an incentive," he said. "I think this poor performance should be incentive enough to go out there and show Bury that we shouldn't be embarrassed by the situation we were in today and be motivation to go out there and prove to them we are the Championship team and we are a good team.


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"We are in the draw and hopefully we will find ourselves playing a match in the fourth round. We most definitely have the ability to do it - we need to show we can do it and be very clinical when we get up there. We didn't really perform at all. It was disappointing on that front and they probably give us as much as they could give us and really we need to buck our ideas up and really be clinical when we go there and put this game to bed and get ourselves into the hat for the next round.

"We believe we have better quality in our team and enough about us to go there and win the game and win the game as we should have done today."

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Russell started the game at right back as manager Glenn Roeder rested Jon Otsemobor's sore Achilles heel - but City now face an added fixture after failing to take numerous chances, allowing Bury to take 71st-minute lead and only securing a replay when Gary Doherty levelled with 10 minutes left.

"Obviously you don't want that extra trip in the week," said Russell. "It was going to be a nice January where it was Saturday, Saturday, Saturday all the time, but now we have this problem where we have a game thrown in in the middle of the week now and it's going to be more trekking around the country which you don't really need. But we have to live with it, we are professionals and we will get the job done."

Russell has been a stellar performer in the City midfield of late, but was happy to change roles - on a temporary basis - saying: "I have played in the position a few times before and the gaffer asked if I could do a job there today as Semi was trying to rest his Achilles.

"It's not my position, obviously I prefer to be higher up the pitch, but if you have to do a job for the team then that's not a problem. The gaffer asked me and I was willing to take on the job."

But Roeder had seen enough just before the hour mark, when Otsemobor was introduced from the bench and Russell pushed back into midfield.

Bury's second-half momentum was slowly quelled, but Russell believes it took their goal to kick some impetus into City.

"We conceded the goal and it said we had better get our butts in gear and start to do what we know we can do and thank goodness we got ourselves back in the game and probably had a couple of chances to win it," he said.

"But it's the same old situation of the last few weeks now that we are saying we could have or should have won games - we need to be more clinical in what we are doing and make sure we do it and take our chances.

"Obviously it is disappointing for the forwards, but they are in the positions getting the chances and hopefully they will put them in. There will be a day when they will put every one of them in and we will win by six or seven - hopefully we will be able to do that when we go to their place."

What City will undoubtedly work on between now and then is defending set-pieces, after Andy Bishop's back-post header from a free-kick put Bury ahead - even though the City clamp say replays show he was offside.

"I think that will be looked at and worked on next week," Russell said. "I'm quite sure the gaffer would not be happy with it.

"I think defending wise that is a couple of goals we have conceded from set pieces and maybe it is something we have got to look at and try and rectify.

"After we have looked at the video we have realised it was offside, but at the end of the day they have two players free at the back post and it shouldn't happen.

"That is the bottom line."

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