Lee in the form of his life

Chris Lakey Lee Croft believes he is in the best form of his Norwich City career - and now just needs a goal to confirm it.The Canaries winger played arguably his best game in the yellow and green on Saturday when he terrorised Leicester's defence and deservedly picked up the man of the match award.

Chris Lakey

Lee Croft believes he is in the best form of his Norwich City career - and now just needs a goal to confirm it.

The Canaries winger played arguably his best game in the yellow and green on Saturday when he terrorised Leicester's defence and deservedly picked up the man of the match award.

But Croft (pictured below) admits goals are hard to come by and one in eight starts this season doesn't reflect the story of recent games when chances have come - and gone.


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Having missed good opportunities at Barnsley a week ago and then at Bury in midweek, Croft finally got the ball in the net on Saturday when he volleyed home an inch-perfect cross from Ryan Bertrand - only to hear the ominous sound of a whistle before turning to see a raised offside flag.

"When I heard the whistle go I was disappointed," said Croft. "I'm not sure whether I was offside or not, but I thought after I had missed in the last few games I had scored - but it is not meant to be at the moment."

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Croft is currently ahead of Darren Huckerby in the pecking order when it comes to the chase for the one-winger spot that manager Glenn Roeder prefers - and says the manager and assistant Lee Clark are helping his game.

"Clarkey and the gaffer said to me to keep getting in the positions and they will go in," said Croft, who is just one short of a half century of starts since moving to Carrow Road from Manchester City in the summer of 2006 for £600,000.

"They have been delighted with the performances, but it is a different story if I come away from the last three games and I've scored three goals. I would be on top of the world. But I am enjoying my football.

"I think the gaffer has faith in me, as have the other coaches, and it has instilled belief into me so then and I can go out and perform and repay their belief, so I hope that continues."

While there was frustration at winning nothing but a point, Croft says there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

"We didn't turn up at Bury and the gaffer said that good players bounce back and we did that," he said. "It was an outstanding performance, especially in the first half where we could have been numerous goals up. We're disappointed we didn't get that goal.

"It is frustrating but we have to take positives out of it. We have come out today and proved to everyone we have the ability and it is just a matter of raising our game every single week and picking up as many points from now to the end of the season."

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