Grant tries to take heat off players

DAVID CUFFLEY Norwich City's season will not be decided in the rush of games over the Christmas and New Year period, manager Peter Grant has insisted. The Canaries, sitting a disappointing 16th in the Championship table, play the first of four matches in the space of 10 days at Wolves on Saturday.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Norwich City's season will not be decided in the rush of games over the Christmas and New Year period, manager Peter Grant insisted today.

The Canaries, sitting a disappointing 16th in the Championship table, play the first of four matches in the space of 10 days at Wolves on Saturday.

But Grant said: “Nobody wins the league in the next 10 days. You win the league in May. If you say that you are just putting extra pressure on. It will be fantastic if we can go through this period in the next 10 days and win four games because in January people will look at us and think you've got a fantastic opportunity.


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“But because everybody's beating each other, 10 days in this league is completely different to 10 days in the Premier League.

“There is a possibility it will go right to the wire. I still think it will go all the way and you will be asking the same questions come Easter time. It's that close this season.”

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The City squad were training at Carrow Road today, taking advantage of the under-soil heating.

Grant said: “We switched it on on Tuesday because with the weather it's too good an opportunity for us to miss. We can't afford to take chances with the kind of injuries we have had and although we have a wonderful facility at Colney it's completely different from grass.”

For the first time since his arrival as manager, Grant has practically a full squad to pick from, apart from winger Luke Chadwick, still recovering from a knee injury. But he said he was not planning to rotate the squad over the next four games if they stay fit.

He said: “I always try to pick the best team to win the game.”

Winger Lee Croft is expected to start against Wolves after playing 35 minutes at Southampton last week, while Dion Dublin could be pushed into attack with Jason Shackell available again in defence after a one match ban.

Grant also reported that two of his younger professionals, Andrew Cave-Brown and Andrew Fisk, had joined King's Lynn on loan as the first signings for Keith Webb, City's former reserve team coach.

Cave-Brown is on a month's loan and Fisk for the rest of the season.

“The only reason I am letting them go is because Keith is there because before I was uncertain about the management situation at King's Lynn.”

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