Fozzy: Boss keeping us on our toes

Norwich City midfielder Mark Fotheringham admits the players must start carrying out the manager's instructions or face being shown the Carrow Road exit door.

Norwich City midfielder Mark Fotheringham admits the players must start carrying out the manager's instructions or face being shown the Carrow Road exit door.

Canaries boss Peter Grant was angry at his side's “lack of professionalism” after they took their foot off the gas when they were leading 5-0 against Barnet in Tuesday's Carling Cup tie.

The Bees rallied in the second half pulling two goals back to make the scoreline respectable leaving Grant livid with his players for allowing Barnet off the hook.

Fotheringham believes the players have a lot of work to do before Saturday's match against Southampton and must start putting what they are learn on the training field into practice when they step over that white line.

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“We need to start taking on board what he's telling us in training,” he said. “We are trying to do it but it's just not quite clicking yet. It's the second game of the season and we just need to try and keep driving each other on and working on the things we're doing in training.”

Fotheringham is only too aware what fate awaits players if they do not start performing exactly how Grant wants them to.

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“To be honest with you we've got no choice but to make it work because we need to make sure we're doing it and if we don't do it we know there are boys that can come in and take our positions and that's a good thing to have at the club.

“I don't think we had that last year - I think we've got a good blend of players this year and it's like the gaffer said, if we're not playing well enough, then we won't be in the team. We've got to be on our toes all the time and he expects the best from us day in, day out.

“If you come down to the training ground you can see that everyone is just buzzing because they know they've got to be at their best.”

City were certainly at their finest in the opening half hour on Tuesday and Fotheringham took the chance to bag his first goal for the club when he lashed home from the edge of the box for the Canaries' fourth goal of the evening.

However, the 23-year-old knows that may still not be enough to earn him a starting place against Southampton.

“I think it's about time that I got on the scoresheet and I'm really happy that I'm getting a chance to play in central midfield. I know there's a lot of competition in there but throughout my career I've had competition with big clubs and smaller clubs as well.

“Julien (Brellier) is in there. He's a different type of player from me and obviously Rusty (Darel Russell) is doing well and Simon (Lappin) can play central. We've also got Jimmy Smith who's a different player again, so the gaffer has got a lot of good options, which is obviously good for the team.”

One midfielder Fotheringham has not got to fight for a place in the City team is Youssef Safri but the Scot is hoping he gets the opportunity to play against the Moroccan on Saturday when the Saints come to Carrow Road.

“Safs is a good player. I shared with him in Holland and he's a good lad as well. I think the fans were sad to see him go. On his day he is a superb player and Southampton is a good team and I'm looking forward to playing against him.”

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