McKenzie looks for his 100th goal - this time against Canaries

Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie today admitted he's bracing himself for a frosty reception when he returns to Carrow Road for the first time since his somewhat acrimonious departure just over a year ago.

Former Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie today admitted he's bracing himself for a frosty reception when he returns to Carrow Road for the first time since his somewhat acrimonious departure just over a year ago.

But McKenzie is adamant that he'll be simply concentrating on his football as he looks to get back to the form he displayed at the start of the season, when he scored two goals in two games, and finally chalk up his 100th career goal after sitting out the last two months because of a knee injury.

The 29-year-old is also aiming to put himself back in the first-team frame at the Sky Blues with a determined comeback against his former club especialy as leading scorer Michael Mifsud is suspended for three games.

The terms of McKenzie's £1million transfer stipulated that he couldn't play against the Canaries last season, so he can't wait to face his old club who are propping up the league with a paltry return of nine points from 16 games.


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"I will have mixed feelings," said the player who is genuinely saddened to see his old club struggling this season.

"It is a great club and I feel they are a lot better than their league position would suggest right now. But it will be nice to go back there."

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McKenzie made himself an instant hero with Canaries fans when he scored twice against arch rivals Ipswich Town on his debut, but he is not sure how they will greet him after he asked to leave 15 months ago.

"I don't know what sort of reception I will get," he said, "but I left for personal reasons so I would like to say the fans will be all right with me.

"But you always get a few who don't understand when a player leaves a club."

After getting through 90 minutes in the reserves last week, McKenzie is over his knee injury and looking to get back to the form he displayed at the start of the season and finally chalk up his 100th career goal after sitting out the last two months.

He added: "My focus is getting back to action for Coventry. Hopefully the fans know my capabilities and I can't wait to start getting a few goals again."

Meanwhile, Iain Dowie admits that he may look to freshen up his Coventry City side for their next run out against the Canaries after the international break.

He will be forced to make at least two changes with strikers Michael Mifsud and Leon Best out, but the spotlight has again fallen on the defence after last Monday night's second half collapse against West Bromwich Albion.

"We will see how we go but there is certainly the view to freshen it up anyway because we have lost Leon for a couple of weeks with a groin tear and Michael is suspended, so there's two changes," said the Coventry boss.

"Whatever we say, we defended badly four times. They haven't cut us apart. Maybe Teixeira's second goal was a good individual goal but even then, we should do better."

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