Mo hopes to ease pain

DAVID CUFFLEY Defender Mo Camara hopes his loan spell with Norwich City will help bury unhappy memories of Carrow Road.


Defender Mo Camara hopes his loan spell with Norwich City will help bury unhappy memories of Carrow Road.

The 32-year-old Derby full-back was expected to make his debut for the Canaries in today's Coca-Cola Championship match at home to Coventry.

But Camara has been on the wrong end of defeats at Norwich with both Burnley and Wolves - with one particularly painful experience in 2002.

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He said: "I remember my first game here. I played here in the semi-final of the play-offs with Wolves and we lost here 3-1 and won at home 1-0, so it was really, bad day for all of us."

In his first season at Burnley, 2003-04, he played both games against City, losing 2-0 at Carrow Road and 5-3 at Turf Moor.

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Last season, Guinea-born Camara played for Derby against Norwich in a 0-0 draw at Pride Park, but did not play in the return fixture.

And with his opportunities limited to just two senior games for the Rams this season, he relishes the chance to play again.

He said: "I'm feeling great. Thursday was a little bit nervous but I was all right, I'm fine. I'm here until first of January until we see what's happening.

"Last time I played with Derby was Liverpool away, something like three months ago. I just want to carry on playing football - that's my job. When we won promotion to the Premiership at Derby, last season was a great season for everyone at the football club and I wanted to carry on just like that, playing football.

"Any club in the Premiership or the Championship which comes in for you, you can't say no because it's a massive club."

One good omen is that Camara's last goal for Derby was in August in the Carling Cup at home to Blackpool - City's next opponents - and a repeat at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night would be very welcome.

"I scored one goal against Blackpool, so I hope so. My first job is to defend very well.

"That's why the manager has taken me but if I can get forward more that will be great. If you defend well for 90 minutes you can win at any time."

It is not clear whether Camara's loan will extend beyond January 1 or lead to a more permanent deal. Only one of Roeder's four loan signings is currently pencilled in as a possible full-time recruit.

"Matty Pattison is probably the only one we have an agreement on, or a potential agreement on, staying longer with a view to a permanent deal, depending how things go. That was at the request of Newcastle. We were quite happy to go with that," said Roeder.

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