Otsemobor knows what to expect from Charlton
Canaries defender Jon Otsemobor says he knows what to expect from Charlton tomorrow - because City have been in exactly the same position themselves. Charlton come to Carrow Road on the back of a run of 13 games without a win - although they came within a whisker of ending that streak on Monday when a Nathan Ellington goal in the final second of time added on earned Derby a 2-2 draw at The Valley.
Canaries defender Jon Otsemobor says he knows what to expect from Charlton tomorrow - because City have been in exactly the same position themselves.
Charlton come to Carrow Road on the back of a run of 13 games without a win - although they came within a whisker of ending that streak on Monday when a Nathan Ellington goal in the final second of time added on earned Derby a 2-2 draw at The Valley.
Only a win tomorrow is good enough for a team many had fancied to be challenging at the other end of the table when the season started.
“We were in a similar situation to Charlton last year,” Otsemobor told the Canaries web site.
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“We went in to every single game regardless trying to get three points, whether we were home or away. I'm sure they'll be the same. I can't imagine them coming here for a draw or just hoping not to get beaten.
“They need points just as much as we do so I definitely see them coming here and trying to take all the points from us. They're below us in the league, and the gaffer was saying how they looked very nervous in their last match against Derby.
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“We've been concentrating on the game in training this week and come Saturday we'll be fully focussed to get the three points.”
City meet Charlton again, in the third round of the FA Cup, on January 3.
“We take every game as it comes, it doesn't matter how many times we meet them because we'll treat every game the same,” added Otsemobor. “It's not too long after we play them this Saturday that we meet them in the FA Cup so we'll obviously have more of an insight in to how they like to play come the Cup game.”
Charlton boss Phil Parkinson managed a smile this week when he extended the loan services of Sunderland striker Martyn Waghorn for another month after the 18-year-old had scored his first senior goal against the Rams.
“I am really pleased to have kept Martyn,” he said. “It was a bit of a gamble to play him on Monday because his loan was up the next day and I felt that if played well then went back to Sunderland, it could have had a negative effect on the team.
“But it was a risk worth taking and he did very well. We spoke to him straight after the game and he loved the experience.
"He was delighted with how the fans responded to him and he has really enjoyed his time at the club.
“He will be a long way from home over the Christmas period but he was very keen to stay here - and that tells you a lot about the player.”
Meanwhile, Gillingham manager Mark Stimson is interested in signing Charlton striker Chris Dickson, who has put in a transfer request.
Dickson, who scored 11 goals in 14 appearances on loan at Priestfield last season, was signed by previous Addicks manager Alan Pardew from non-League Dulwich Hamlet in March 2007, but has failed to break into the first team at The Valley.
Parkinson said: “Chris is frustrated to be out of the first team at the moment and wants to move on.”