Let's silence 'Lisbie the lip'

Jonathan Redhead Norwich City will get the chance to quieten the striker who wanted to give them a 'good spanking' earlier this year when they host Colchester United in the big League One kick-off on Saturday.

Jonathan Redhead

Norwich City will get the chance to quieten the striker who wanted to give them a 'good spanking' earlier this year when they host Colchester United in the big League One kick-off on Saturday.

The U's yesterday re-signed former Canaries loan player Kevin Lisbie from Ipswich Town on a season-long loan after the former Charlton man endured a poor first campaign at Portman Road following a �600,000 move from Colchester.

And now the 30-year-old is likely to be in Paul Lambert's team when the Essex side come to Carrow Road - and can expect to receive a hostile reception from a packed stadium.


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Lisbie scored a solitary goal for the Canaries in six games during his loan spell in September 2005, but banged in 17 for Colchester when they were relegated from the Coca-Cola Championship at the end of the 2008 season.

But it was last season when Lisbie invoked the ire of the City fans ahead of the derby in Ipswich in April.

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“Our fans will love it if we give them a good spanking,” he said before the clash which went some way to sending City closer towards the drop zone, after the Tractor Boys won 3-2 courtesy of a controversial penalty earned by Lisbie.

Now Lisbie will be reforming a partnership with big forward Clive Platt, who was rumoured to be a City transfer target earlier this summer, and the pair will hope to rediscover the form which saw them bag 25 goals between them two seasons ago.

“Kevin is a great signing and it's a really positive move by the club,” Platt said yesterday.

And the former Peterborough and MK Dons frontman warned City - and the rest of League One - that the pair will be a dangerous combination.

“With his history here at the club, he knows what he is coming in to,” said Platt.

“There is no doubt that he will look back on his time with fond memories and that would have persuaded him to some back to Colchester.

“He is a great addition to our forward line - he will score goals himself, as well as creating for others.

“We are the typical little and large combination I suppose. He is a quick nippy forward and worked well off my flicks, but he also creates space with his runs in behind and that gives me chances to get on the ball.

“I can't wait to get playing alongside him this season.”

Meanwhile, another former Canaries forward, Alan Gow, is set to join Plymouth Argyle after the Championship side agreed a fee with Glasgow giants Rangers.

The 26-year-old, who had a goalless loan spell with City at the back end of last season, looks set to move to the Pilgrims after a fee of around �200,000 was agreed between the sides for the Scotland B internationals.

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