Norwich City skipper staying positive

Jonathan Redhead Gary Doherty is clinging on to the positives after a defeat at Swansea City on Saturday left Norwich City in the Coca-Cola Championship relegation zone.

Jonathan Redhead

Gary Doherty is clinging on to the positives after a defeat at Swansea City on Saturday left Norwich City in the Coca-Cola Championship relegation zone.

The Canaries host Watford at Carrow Road this afternoon, (3pm kick-off) in the bottom three and two points from safety following the 2-1 reverse against Roberto Martinez's men at the Liberty Stadium.

But City skipper Doherty says it was not all bad and now his troops must pick themselves up for the clash with the Hornets and their remaining battles of the season and they try to scramble out of the drop zone.


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They slipped back into danger after a last-minute winner from Dexter Blackstock gave Nottingham Forest all three points against Bristol City to move them above the Canaries and compound Norwich's weekend woes.

“We've got to do something,” Doherty said.

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“There were positives we could take out of it. It wasn't all terrible, just a couple of moments of bad defending.

“Like I say the rest of it was quite good as we shut them out well and hit them on the counter attack, so we can take some positives out of it.

“We matched them up nicely and we broke off the back of them at little bit as well. Rusty (Darel Russell) got in a few times and Alan Lee did terrific up front on his own.

“We can take some positives. We can't dwell on it, we've got a home game against Watford and it's a must-win now and we'll see where we are after that.”

A goal in each half from Jason Scotland was enough to gift the play-off chasing Swans all three points, despite Lee's first goal for Norwich sandwiched in between.

And Doherty accepted the blame for Scotland's second effort, a penalty, after bringing the Trinidad & Tobago international down in the box with 50 minutes on the clock before the striker dusted himself down to convert the spot-kick.

“It was a decent enough performance, we created a few good chances, but probably Scotland was the difference,” he said.

“He got a terrific first goal and did me for the second goal.

“I think we felt comfortable, but like I say he got a terrific first goal and then just when we felt comfortable again he did us for the second goal as well.

“Like I say, he was the difference because I didn't think they were really on top of us. They always had a lot of possession because pop it about lovely, but I never felt they were hurting us and that's the disappointing thing.

“It was a penalty. I think he's left-footed so I thought he was going to hit it first time, but he's let it run across him and I've just tried to stick my foot out and get a little toe-poke but he's gone over.

“It's not great defending and I'm disappointed and I've got to pick myself up now for Monday.”

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