Drury injury worry ahead of Saints test

Injury to full-back Adam Drury has given City manager Peter Grant further cause for worry after last night's Carling Cup victory over Barnet.

Injury to full-back Adam Drury has given City manager Peter Grant further cause for worry after last night's Carling Cup victory over Barnet.

Though the Canaries reached round two with a comfortable 5-2 victory at Carrow Road, Grant was far from happy with certain aspects of his side's performance, and the sight of the former skipper hobbling off with 18 minutes to go will not have improved his mood ahead of Saturday's Championship visit of Southampton.

Drury was caught by a late challenge that earned Barnet's Michael Leary a yellow card and he was replaced by Chris Martin, with Simon Lappin filling in at left-back.

Grant said: “If we were playing tomorrow, he wouldn't play. We'll see how it is over the next couple of days.


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“I think it was his ankle that got caught with a late tackle, so we'll assess him and hopefully he'll be available.”

The City boss labelled his team's second-half showing “abysmal” despite the decisive margin of victory.

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He said: “I thought there was some good play in the first half, attacking wise, but there were a lot of things that were still disappointing.

“The second half was abysmal, to say the least - a total lack of professionalism. It was very difficult to watch at the side of the pitch.

“It was more than head-shaking. I had to sit down because I thought I was going to faint with the performance.

“The biggest thing I said I wanted in the second half was for Barnet not to have a chance - not one chance. They had more than that, they scored two goals and had more chances, they still got crosses in, still had chances blocked at the edge of the box too often. The second-half performance was very poor, to say the least.

“It shows you we've still got a long way to go. I thought we were all over the shop, we made wrong choices so often. When you've scored the amount of goals you have and there's some good forward play, you think, well, that's what you've been looking for, that's what was probably missing on Saturday. Then all of a sudden that takes it all away. The only thing positive about it is you're in the next round of the cup.”

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