Goals will come, says Huckerby

DAVID CUFFLEY Darren Huckerby is confident City can reproduce their Carrow Road goalscoring form on their travels - starting tomorrow against one of his former clubs.


Darren Huckerby is confident City can reproduce their Carrow Road goalscoring form on their travels - starting tomorrow against one of his former clubs.

The Canaries take on Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena (3pm), but must remember to pack their shooting boots after firing blanks in their first two Coca-Cola Championship away matches of the season, a 1-0 defeat at Leeds and 0-0 draw at Derby.

By contrast, Nigel Worthington's men have rattled up 10 goals in three home matches, Huckerby scoring two of them and providing an assist for several others.

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But he insists that City's first away goal - and preferably victory - is not far away.

He said: "I don't see why not. Realistically, in the Leeds game, we should have been four or five goals up.

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“We're making chances, we've just got to take them. If we'd taken our chances we'd have scored four or five goals away from home. Against Derby, as well, we had a lot of good chances.

"It's more of a problem if you're going to places and not making chances.”

Seven years after leaving the Sky Blues for Leeds, 30-year-old Huckerby admits that taking on his old club has less significance from a personal point of view, beyond his determination to win a “difficult game”.

He said: “Coventry is still a big game for us, but it's not the same stadium any more, there are no players who used to play when I was there. The only player I know there is Leon, so it's not such a big thing now. It's just nice to go to a nice new stadium and hopefully get three points.”

Coventry's flurry of new signings is in marked contrast to just two new arrivals for the Canaries, with goalkeeper Lee Camp set to start his three-month loan from Derby today.

Said Huckerby: “They've bought a lot of players. They're probably the opposite of us. They've bought seven or eight and we've bought one. If Micky Adams gets everybody playing well they are going to be a tough side to beat. It's whether they can keep a sustained run going - just like us.”

Worthington will be hoping a fortnight's break from Championship action since the 5-1 win over Barnsley has not stemmed his players' creative flow.

Said Huckerby: “We would probably rather have kept going but these breaks are there for a reason. A lot of lads have been away and it's good to have everyone back and hopefully we can crack on tomorrow.

“It's nice winning games and nice playing well, so we'll take it over last season, definitely. It helps that we're a lot more organised and everybody is playing in their best positions.

“It helps me that we've got a right winger in Lee Croft. It probably takes a lot of the pressure off. We've seen that in the games we've played.”

With a trip to Southend coming up on Tuesday night, Worthington knows the fixture list will be more demanding from now on.

He said: “We had a nice run before the break and we've got to go and pick up the pace and the tempo of it straightaway and get back into it because it's a busy few weeks coming up where there's Saturday, midweek, Saturday, midweeks coming up.

“The Derby performance, the Leeds performance, those type of performances will bring results - good results.

"Coventry have invested, brought a lot of new faces in. They'll make it awkward for other teams. We'll have to go and compete with them. We've got be ready for that. Coventry will be one of 10 or 12 teams that are going to be looking to chase those top six places.”

Coventry boss Micky Adams is confident striker Kevin Kyle will be fit to make his home debut. Kyle was rated 50-50 earlier in the week because of a thigh injury.

Though new signing Leon McKenzie is not permitted to play under the terms of his move, one ex-Canary will be in action in the shape of goalkeeper Andy Marshall, one of Adams' many summer recruits. Until now, Adams has not had a second senior 'keeper to put on the bench and has relied on five outfield substitutes.

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