Hucks backs duo

Darren Huckerby set Norwich on the way to a rare comeback victory at the weekend - but was quick to praise two of his team-mates for their roles in the 3-2 win over QPR.


Darren Huckerby set Norwich on the way to a rare comeback victory at the weekend - but was quick to praise two of his team-mates for their roles in the 3-2 win over QPR.

It was Huckerby who dragged City back into the game when they were two goals adrift - but it was goalkeeper Paul Gallacher who performed heroics in the City goal to prevent the visitors from extending their advantage before Robert Earnshaw sealed the win with two late goals.

Huckerby was quick to praise Scottish international Gallacher - as well as midfielder Dickson Etuhu, who could well have got his name on the scoresheet had the predator's instinct in Earnshaw not intervened for the winner.

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“Dickson is a bit disappointed because he reckoned he headed it towards goal and Earnie nicked it,” said Huckerby. “Dickson's looking for his first goal but I thought he was brilliant today.”

Etuhu has been something of a disappointment since his loan move from Preston became a £450,000 transfer in January, but Huckerby says the 6ft 2in Nigerian-born midfielder has a lot more to offer.

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“He has had his fair share of criticism, but if we can get him playing like he can do he can be an immense player,” Huckerby added.

“I have seen him before, he just needs a little bit of confidence and people to get with him and he can be an excellent, excellent player, so we just need people to get behind him.

“Not everybody fits in straight away, but show a bit of faith in Dickson because he can be a hell of a player if we get it right.”

However, there was no arguing against the choice of Gallacher as man of the match after a string of fine saves which denied Rangers.

Gallacher is another player who hasn't exactly been an instant hit at Carrow Road, but for very different reasons: he joined City from Dundee United in the summer of 2004 as number two to Robert Green, but when manager Nigel Worthington signed the experienced Darren Ward a couple of months later he fell a notch down the pecking order.

However, Gallacher's chance came at the weekend when Green suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up at Sheffield Wednesday.

Gallacher performed heroics - and repeated the performance on Monday.

“Her has come in and has been amazing really,” said Huckerby. “He pulled off some superb saves. It gives people a chance to see what he can do.

“He has been very unlucky, so has Wardy really, in that Greeny is England number three and doesn't get injured very often.”

The goalkeeping situation at Carrow Road has suddenly become one of the most interesting talking points at the tail end of the season in which City's obligations finish in two games' time.

Green is almost certainly bound for the World Cup in Germany; Ward has been told he is free to leave and Gallacher's contract expires at the end of the season.

There is a growing school of thought that Green may be on his way back to the Premiership, and that City won't stand in his way - his contract expires at the end of next season and, although the player refuses to add fuel to the speculative fire, it may be to City's advantage in financial terms to shake hands and let him go now.

That would leave just Gallacher and young Joe Lewis. But should Green stay, Gallacher may decide his future lies elsewhere.

While the goalkeeping jigsaw won't be clear for a while, there may be a clue today, when Worthington believes Gallacher's future will be known.

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