Rovers' Price has his work cut out
Ollie Price has an unenviable task this afternoon - trying to stop a strike force that could score goals for fun. The Canaries step into the unknown at Winterfield Road, but one thing is clear - the likes of Grant Holt and Chris Martin have a chance to add to their goal tally.
Ollie Price has an unenviable task this afternoon - trying to stop a strike force that could score goals for fun.
The Canaries step into the unknown at Winterfield Road, but one thing is clear - the likes of Grant Holt and Chris Martin have a chance to add to their goal tally.
Martin has four in seven league starts, but it's Holt who is the man bang in form, his double at Stockport a week ago taking his tally in all competitions to 12 in 17 starts - including seven in his last eight
It's a partnership which would put the fear of God into many a defender, but Price says he will take it in his stride. If Holt starts throwing his weight around up front, Price is promising to fight fire with fire.
"You just have to give as good as you get and see where it takes you," is his simple philosophy. "Yes, there will be nerves, and there have been - I think there is something wrong if you're not nervous.
"But once that whistle goes and you cross the white line all that goes out of the window. I've been told that Grant Holt has got eight in nine or something like that, but it's all about what happens on the day I suppose.
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"That's the way I'm looking at it. I am hoping Saturday is one of those days. I hope I'm not too busy."
Price has a special incentive: Holt's seasonal haul includes a brace against his favourite team, Bristol Rovers - although that's just about as far as his knowledge of the Canaries extends.
"I know very little about Norwich," he admitted. "I don't follow them at all - apart from when they beat Rovers, because I am obviously a fan. Revenge would be very sweet.
"I do know it's the biggest game I have ever played in and probably will ever play in. This is pretty much what it's all about - to be in that draw, to see your name come out of that hat and get a team like Norwich is just incredible."
Price insists he's not running out this afternoon for a jolly - the intention remains to try and win.
"That what I intend to do," he said. "I know people have said, 'let's play for the draw and go back to Carrow Road' and I suppose that whatever happens to be in that draw on Sunday means you still have a chance.
"But going to Carrow Road you would have to say the odds would definitely be against us then. It would be a good experience to play there and I would look forward to that, but we have to try and win it in the first game.
"You have to be confident, you have to have that belief or there is no point in going out there. You have got to out feeling you have a chance to at least hold them for 45 minute and then frustrate them as long as you can and then you never know."