Safri: We've no choice but to beat Leeds
Midfielder Youssef Safri admits points are more important than performances as City prepare for a crucial six-pointer against Leeds United. The Coca-Cola Championship's bottom club visit Carrow Road on Saturday, seven points adrift of the Canaries, but buoyed by a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Hull on Tuesday night.
Midfielder Youssef Safri admits points are more important than performances as City prepare for a crucial six-pointer against Leeds United.
The Coca-Cola Championship's bottom club visit Carrow Road on Saturday, seven points adrift of the Canaries, but buoyed by a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Hull on Tuesday night.
And Moroccan international Safri knows City, in 17th place after their 1-0 home defeat by Wolves, can afford nothing less than victory against Dennis Wise's team if they are to put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.
“It's going to be a tough game but we haven't got a choice at the moment. It's up to us,” said Safri.
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“I'm not happy with this situation at the moment because we've got good players. I'm sure Saturday will be tough game and we have to get three points - we haven't got a choice.
“It's good to be playing good football but three points are more important.”
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Safri put the Wolves defeat down primarily to bad luck, but accepted that City had not made their extra man count in the second half after Gary Breen's sending-off.
He said: “I think it's the strangest defeat I ever had. We had been playing really well, we hammered them. They got maybe one chance in the first chance and another one in the second half.
“I think we played against a top, top goalkeeper and he made really good saves - maybe four or five clear chances - and it's very disappointing for us because if we had scored the first goal I'm sure we would have hammered them.
“We did work really, really hard, the whole side, which is a big shame. Sometimes it's luck.
“But we didn't take advantage from them being one player down, and then after the second one was sent off. We created many chances but we didn't score - that's the main problem at the moment.”