Forster wants winning run

Jonathan Redhead Norwich City goalkeeper Fraser Forster wants his side to focus on themselves and keep plugging away and claiming the wins to secure an immediate return to the Coca-Cola Championship.. A Grant Holt strike in the second half was enough for the Canaries to bag a 1-0 victory at Oldham Athletic to extend their lead at the top of League One.

Jonathan Redhead

Norwich City goalkeeper Fraser Forster wants his side to keep churning out the wins after moving a step closer to promotion.

A Grant Holt strike in the second half was enough for the Canaries to bag a 1-0 victory at Oldham Athletic to extend their lead at the top of League One.

With Leeds failing to win at Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield and Colchester's reverse at Bristol Rovers, City have now opened up a five-point gap on the chasing pack at the top of the table.


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City had more chances to put the game at Boundary Park beyond doubt including a Holt header which was ruled out for offside in the first half.

But with seven minutes to go, Forster earned his corn with a great stop to deny substitute Keigan Parker as he ran clean through.

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Forster stayed big and was able to turn the former Blackpool man's effort around the post to safety.

From the corner, Korey Smith then came to City's rescue with a clearance off the line from his position on the post to preserve the City advantage and claim the crucial three points.

Now Forster wants City to focus on themselves and keep plugging away and claiming the wins to secure an immediate return to the Coca-Cola Championship.

“It was a brilliant result,” said the 21-year-old, who is on loan from Newcastle until the end of the season.

“It was important to dig in and pick up the 1-0 win. It was a fantastic performance from the lads and a very good three points.

“We had a few chances and I think we were a bit unlucky with the offside goal, but with the quality of the front players we have, we always know they're going to stick one away and they did that.

“You've just got to worry about yourself.

“If we win our games then it will be enough, but there's no need to worry about other people, we need to focus on ourselves and just try to win as many games as we can between now and the end of the season and if we do that we'll see what happens.”

Forster said there was not much running through his mind as Parker bore down on goal in a bid to claim an undeserved equaliser for the home side.

And he also offered praise for Smith in his role as the last line of defence on a post at a corner which helped Forster and City bag a first clean sheet in seven games.

“It's been a while since we kept a clean sheet, but I'm delighted to keep one,” he said.

“I was very pleased to make the save and the defence were brilliant and I didn't have to much to do.

“Korey Smith's been brilliant in that position. That's a few times he's done it, and it's a massive job and it's got us the three points.”

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