Lucky Kennedy is a Carrow Road fan
Mark Kennedy believes Carrow Road is one of his lucky grounds - and is confident that will be the case again tomorrow. Crystal Palace's former Republic of Ireland international seems to produce some of his best displays against the Canaries.
Mark Kennedy believes Carrow Road is one of his lucky grounds - and is confident that will be the case again tomorrow.
Crystal Palace's former Republic of Ireland international seems to produce some of his best displays against the Canaries.
He scored for Wolves when they won 2-1 at Norwich on the final day of the 2005-06 season, and was in the Palace side that won 1-0 on the same ground last September with a late Shefki Kuqi goal.
Kennedy's only defeat at Norwich came back in September 1999, when Manchester City were beaten by a Iwan Roberts goal.
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“It's been a lucky ground, so fingers crossed that will continue,” said Kennedy. “Even the time I lost there we absolutely battered them off the park.
“It's always an enjoyable place to go to. Norwich play good football and they've got a fantastic pitch.”
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But 31-year-old Kennedy is not the only man in the Palace ranks to savour games against Norwich.
Five of Clinton Morrison's 99 career goals have been against City, while new loan recruit Paul Dickov scored three times for Blackburn against the Canaries in the Premiership season of 2004-05.
Kennedy, who played alongside Dickov during his spell with Manchester City, believes his arrival is a shrewd piece of business.
“We are getting a player whose work ethic is phenomenal,” said Kennedy.
“His commitment is 100 per cent - as everybody's should be - but Dicky stands out more than anyone else.
"You ask anyone who has ever played against him and he's horrible to play against - a super nice guy off the pitch and a complete demon on it.
“He's the type of player that makes you think you've got a chance when you walk out the tunnel and you look at your team.
“He's a very good finisher, has got a good touch and holds the ball up well, even though he's not a big guy.”
Palace boss Peter Taylor has had to contend with limited funds, plus rumours that his job is under threat, with former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock said to be a potential replacement.
It didn't help that Palace lost at home to South London rivals Charlton in their last match, and after tomorrow's trip to Norwich they play former boss Iain Dowie's Coventry at Selhurst Park on Tuesday night.
Taylor lost midfielder Jobi McAnuff to Watford for £1.7m, but has signed defenders Tony Craig from Millwall and Jeff Hughes from Lincoln, plus three loan players - defender Jose Fonte from Benfica, and forwards Dickov and Besian Idrijaz from Liverpool.
Absentees tomorrow include former England Under-21 international Ben Watson, with an ankle injury, and striker Victor Moses, who played for England when they reached the quarter-finals of the Under-17 World Cup, but has been sidelined by a thigh strain.