Marshall not planning for MK shoot-out

Chris Lakey David Marshall has no ambitions of becoming Norwich City's penalty super hero tonight - he just wants to get in and out of Milton Keynes as quickly as possible.

Chris Lakey

David Marshall has no ambitions of becoming Norwich City's penalty super hero tonight - he just wants to get in and out of Milton Keynes as quickly as possible.

The Canaries keeper faced his first spot kick of the season in the 2-0 defeat at Coventry on Saturday and if the Carling Cup first round tie at MK Dons finishes level after 120 minutes, he'll face more.

But the prospect of becoming a hero doesn't appeal anywhere nearly as much as securing her first win of the campaign and safe passage into the second round of the Carling Cup.


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"I don't fancy it at all," said Marshall, who saved two penalties in the second round at Rochdale a year ago. "You don't really want that to happen - you want the boys to take the chances and get the confidence up for the Blackpool game.

"We would take a win Tuesday - we know it will be difficult but if we play how we are capable of, the way we did Saturday, and take our chances we should be okay."

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Manager Glenn Roeder is likely to make three or four changes because of knocks picked up at the weekend, but Marshall says there is no intention of taking the competition, or last season's League Two champions, lightly: job one is to get the first taste of a winning mentality.

"That's what the gaffer has been talking about in pre-season," said Marshall.

"It's easy to get into a losing mentality as well where you can just say, 'oh, we were unlucky', and stuff like that. The gaffer won't let that happen and the coaching staff won't, so get a good win on Tuesday and it gives us confidence and obviously give the gaffer selection problems for Saturday as well.

"As soon as you go across the white line it's just a game and you are playing for your places again. It means as much to me as any other game does and come kick-off time we will be right up for it.

"They (MK Dons) had a disappointing result at the weekend and this is their first home game of the season so they will be well up for it. It's a big game for us obviously having lost the first game - we definitely don't want to go two in a row without winning before Saturday."

Marshall may see changes in front of him tonight, but was more than happy with the new backline - particularly the middle two, former Celtic colleague John Kennedy and Dejan Stefanovic - that protected him well for long periods at the weekend.

"I thought they were great," he said. "I thought the whole back four, even Jason Shackell filling in at left back. I didn't have too many shots on goal - obviously there was the penalty and they got a bit lucky with the second goal, so I thought the boys were great and we have taken confidence from that. I have known John for six, seven years now so I know the way he plays," Marshall said.

"He's the sort of defender that loves defending, that loves tackles and winning headers and that is something we needed and I thought him and Dejan were great - I had hardly anything to do at the weekend, so long may it continue."

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