Norwich City to get a sneak preview
Chris Lakey Michael Rose will be glued to the TV set tonight - but is unlikely to be making mental notes of the strengths and weaknesses in the Leeds side that faces Millwall.
Michael Rose will be glued to the TV set tonight - but is unlikely to be making mental notes of the strengths and weaknesses in the Leeds side that faces Millwall.
Rose has gone from trying to stem the goals against flow for bottom side Stockport to creator of goals at top-of-the-table City.
Instead of firefighting at Millwall next weekend, he'll be coming up against a team many believed would be leading from the front this season.
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They were, until Norwich overtook them. Now, all eyes are on Leeds, to see which way their up-and-down season will take them next. So it's TV time for Rose and the boys tonight.
"I think we'll be watching," he said. "I think maybe a few of the lads will watch the game. Obviously we are not worried too much about them. We've got to concentrate on ourselves and just kick on now until the end of the season."
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With an eight-point gap between City and Leeds and with others struggling to make a sustained impact, City have no real reason to be scared of anyone in League One.
"I think that's right - but not because of over-confidence in any way," said Rose. "You just have to be confident. We have a good set of players here and I think we have got the right ability and the right players in the squad to win the league."
Rose and co might have been sitting slightly more comfortably had they left Swindon with all three points. But opinion varies over whether it was points lost or gained after the hosts grabbed a share with a goal right at the very end.
"I think you can look at it both ways really," said Rose. "We had the three points there and unfortunately we have lost the goal in the last few seconds. I suppose we look at it as a point gained and a point closer to promotion.
"But if Chrissy Martin's free-kick had gone in it might have been completely different and I think that it was up to us to finish the game off.
"The lads are really disappointed, but I think that the position we are in we can only take a positive view and look at it as a point gained and go for it again next week."
City's goal was scored, almost inevitably, by Grant Holt, but was made by a magnificent cross by Rose after good work on the left.
"It turned out to be a good cross after a good piece of work between Wes (Hoolahan), Korey (Smith) and myself down that side and Holty did what he does best," said Rose, enjoying his best game in City colours since a scoring debut against Hartlepool at the end of January.
With Adam Drury prowling the touchline as a sub and Rhoys Wiggins back from his loan spell at Bournemouth today, there's plenty of competition for the left-back role - and that suits Rose fine.
"I'm really enjoying it so far," he said. "Ads is back and the gaffer has said he has been brilliant all season and it's good competition really - it keeps everyone on their toes and I think we are enjoying the battle."