Earnie fires warning shot in City's direction
Jonathan Redhead Former Norwich City striker Robert Earnshaw has fired a warning to sides battling for survival near the foot of the Championship as he looks to fire the goals which could make his old club suffer.
Former Norwich City striker Robert Earnshaw has fired a warning to sides battling for survival near the foot of the Championship as he looks to fire the goals which could make his old club suffer.
In 13 games for his club since the turn of the year, the Nottingham Forest forward has found the net eight times, including a vital equaliser in the 1-1 draw against Barnsley on Saturday.
The draw was not enough to lift Forest out of the drop zone - they are a point behind City - but the Wales international says his team fear no-one as the vital run-in begins.
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And that could be bad news for the Canaries, Forest's closest rivals, as an in-form Earnshaw could fire the goals to shoot his team to safety - possibly at City's expense.
While Bryan Gunn's men face Swansea away and Watford at home over the Easter period. Forest tackle Bristol City at home and then Sheffield United away.
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Depending on what happens to Southampton as the Football League discuss whether to deduct them points for their financial situation and in their clash with the Hornets tonight, it could soon look like either the Canaries or Forest making the drop along with the Saints and the seemingly-doomed Charlton.
But Earnshaw, who scored 27 goals for City in 47 games from January 2006 to June 2007, says he does not care about the fortunes of anyone other than Forest.
“The boys are battling to try to win every game,” said the striker who turned 28 yesterday .
“We have spoken about it and you can see we were on the front foot, we are trying to win games and whether it is Sheffield United or Barnsley, we are trying to get the wins to stay up.
“We do not fear anyone. We have had a few hard games but from now on it is all about us staying up.
“We are not focused on other teams.”
Earnshaw's goal at Oakwell on Sautrday could also prove crucial. Forest could have been two-nil down but for Iain Turner's second-half penalty save and then Earnshaw popped up to net the visitors' goal.
Now he wants his side to bag two more wins from their five remaining games, which also includes Coventry at home, Blackpool away and Southampton at the City Ground on the final day of the season.
“I felt better as the game went on and the goal gave me extra energy, an extra lift,” Earnshaw said.
“The goal was a good thing as it kept me on the pitch as well as getting the equaliser. I will take that.”
“We are disappointed in a way but we will take a point seeing how up and down the game was and them missing a penalty,” he said. “We had a couple of chances, hit the bar and put in some good effort.
“There are five huge games left. We have to look at them and two wins would be a big help.”