Robinson now wants extended cup run

JONATHAN REDHEAD Two thirds of Norwich City's midfield trio are looking forward to tomorrow night's long trip down to Torquay as the Canaries start their bid for Carling Cup glory.


Two thirds of Norwich City's midfield trio are looking forward to tomorrow night's long trip down to Torquay as the Canaries start their bid for Carling Cup glory.

The competition has not served City well during the past few years, with embarrassing slip-ups to Northampton, Cheltenham and Brentford still fresh in the memory.

But Carl Robinson and Dickson Etuhu want to get stuck into the Gulls on the English Rivera tomorrow night - providing City boss Nigel Worthington picks them.

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It will be another chance for City to break their away goalscoring duck against a side who are only just eligible for this competition after a miraculous escape from relegation to Conference football at the end of the last campaign.

However, after an impressive performance away at Derby on Saturday, City will be looking to stretch a three-match unbeaten run ahead of their return to league action against Barnsley at Carrow Road on Saturday.

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And Robinson, in particular wants to see City go on a good cup run to compliment their decent start to the league campaign.

“Definitely, we want a cup run,” the Welshman said. “It's a game you know. You want to win games of football. Players train hard throughout the pre-season and season to play games, so it's another game now.

“We'll go there and they'll probably want to beat us to make it into a little cup shock.

“But it's important to win. We're on a good run at the moment, so we want to win games of football and build confidence because the team's playing well.

“I hope whoever's out there, and hopefully it will be us boys again, do the club justice and get a good result there, because a good cup run breeds confidence and that's what we're playing with at the moment, a lot of confidence.”

Etuhu is another who just wants to get games under his belt and is looking forward to playing at Plainmoor.

“If he (Worthington) wants me to play every game, I'll play every game,” he said. “Last season I didn't play enough games, but this season keep them coming because I want them.

“It doesn't matter if it's Torquay or Derby, it's all the same thing to me.”

But the tall midfielder did admit that the league would always remain the priority for City.

“Personally for me, the aim is the league definitely,” Etuhu said. “We should be in the Premier League and everybody knows that and we've just got to try and get there.

“At the end of the day if the manager wants to put out a strong squad on Wednesday, we'll go out there and play. It doesn't make any difference to us.”

Meanwhile, Robinson was happy with the way City played at Derby and is untroubled by the fact City have yet to find the net on their travels despite creating plenty of chances at Leeds and Pride Park.

“We feel we played very well at times especially in the second half where we dominated possession,” he said. “We made Derby change their formation as we did when we played Leeds two weeks ago.

“That's a positive sign that we're getting hold of teams and we're passing, through the middle of the park and obviously our front three are looking a constant threat and I think it showed at times today.

“It's disappointing that we couldn't get the goal. They had the odd chance or two as well but I think overall we would have been happy with a point before the game, but disappointed we haven't got three.”

“The back four and Gal (Paul Gallacher) were brilliant and we tried to win the game. Unfortunately we didn't win the game, but we have to make sure we win our next league game.”

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