Norwich midfielder braced for stiff test
Norwich City midfielder David Fox is urging the Canaries to be brave in the Lions’ Den on Tuesday night against Millwall. (7.45pm)
The 26-year-old insists Paul Lambert’s men can flourish in one of the most intimidating atmospheres in English football as they bid to maintain their impressive start to life back in the Championship.
“It’s a tough place to go,” he said. “The fans will make it hostile and difficult for us and they have some good players there. I’ve been there before so I know what to expect but that makes it no easier. We have to start better than we have done recently and if we manage that we have every chance of getting something from the game. We’ll look to win because that is what we always set out to do.
“I think their fans are worth a lot – just like ours were on Saturday (against Burnley). They’ll make it vey intimidating. They’ll get behind their team, we have to stand up to that and be strong. I’m sure the youngsters will look forward to it. When you play in front of 25,000 every other week you shouldn’t be fazed - it doesn’t come much bigger than that. It’s not like we are going from 3,000 or 4,000 to play Millwall. We’ll take it in our stride, but they have also carried off their momentum from last season, like we did.”
Fox could be the chief beneficiary from Andrew Crofts’ suspension after another solid cameo following his start against Middlesbrough in the previous home league game.
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“He has been brilliant ever since he has been here – not just his goals but all round play drives the team on,” said Fox. “He will be a massive miss and it gives someone else an opportunity. Whether it is me I don’t know but everyone in the squad is desperate to play and give it everything. We have got a good squad here and a lot who want to prove a point. You saw that on Saturday, the manager put players on and it must be good for him that he bring on substitutes who can make an impact and change the game.
“In this day and age you can’t just have 11 players. For me, personally, I just have to wait for my chance and then take it. I think I can do better at times but when you come on at 2-0 down and we end up at 2-2 you have to be pleased with that. The manager said to me before the Middlesbrough game he has no problems throwing me in and we got a win there. Mentally, you have to be prepared that you could be needed at any moment.”
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Fox feels City’s Crofts-inspired comeback against the Clarets is further evidence they can cut it at the business end of the Championship.
“We have got ourselves up there and it’s important we try to stay there now,” he said. “There isn’t a lot of points between teams. We need to stay consistent and if we can pick up points from losing positions then it all adds up. We have to win a few games to stay up there and that is the aim. We haven’t seen anything so far to suggest we are million miles behind anyone. We got good results at places like QPR and the lads are confident.
“After the game it did feel like we had won it. I think you look at every game on its merits and when you are 2-1 down in stoppage time you take a point. It really lifted everyone and it is something we can take into the next game because you don’t want to go there on the back of a home defeat. Everyone together should take the credit - manager, players and fans - that we got it going in the second half. That could be a big point come the end of the season.”