Norwich City’s fearless approach key to away day success
Norwich City’s fearless approach is responsible for their remarkable away record in the Championship, according to midfielder David Fox.
Paul Lambert’s men went into today’s match against Hull City at the KC Stadium with a record of just three defeats in 18 league games on their travels this season.
Fox has been a lucky charm on the road. He was an unused substitute in all three of those defeats, but every time he has taken the field in an away match, the Canaries have either won or drawn. Along with today’s opponents, second-placed City have the best points haul away from home in the division – 31.
“I can’t put my finger on it because you go into every game wanting to win, you go into every game playing the same football,” said Fox.
“We don’t change our tactics away from home, we don’t change the way we play, so maybe it’s that little bit of freedom, the pressure on the other team – maybe in front of their own fans.
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“But it’s something we are very proud of at the club and we want to carry it on because we have got some tough away games.
“If we can keep that run going away from home it will definitely keep us up there.”
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He said, however, that City may have benefited from not dwelling on the opposition or the surroundings. The bigger the game, the better the response – as illustrated by victories in front of big crowds at Derby and Leicester and a draw at Leeds.
“The Leeds crowd was 30,000-plus, and there was a massive stadium at Leicester with the team in form,” he said.
“I just think we go into every game not fearing anyone.
“We don’t take into account who we are playing or where we’re playing them. It’s just 11 against 11 and we look to come out on top.”
With seven games to come in the space of four weeks in April, Fox knows that the season is racing to its conclusion.
“There is not long to go at all – only five or six weeks. It’s a massively important schedule coming up,” he said.
“If we can get a positive result at Hull, we’ll have the break for the international games and then we’re rested and all ready for that final push.
“I think you can look at it both ways. The way we’re playing and the results we’re getting, you just want to carry on, but I’m sure we’ll feel the benefit of having this little break when the games are coming thick and fast. I think it could come at just the right time for us with the schedule we have in April.”
Today’s trip to Hull is one of four matches against teams in the current top nine, all with promotion ambitions.
“Swansea and Forest and Watford are all teams that you look at it on paper and say that it’s very tough, but you can also look at it and say it’s a chance to create that gap between yourselves and other teams,” said Fox, who has 26 first team appearances under his belt since establishing his place in midfield.
“At the moment we’re in the driving seat and it’s nine cup finals from now on.”