Swansea boss surprised by Norwich's position
Roberto Martinez says Norwich are too good to be struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table. 'It surprises me to see Norwich down there,' said the Swansea boss.
Roberto Martinez says Norwich are too good to be struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table.
“It surprises me to see Norwich down there,” said the Swansea boss.
“When you start the season you point out certain clubs who have a special history and you think they will be big footballing occasions when you play them. Norwich are one of those clubs.
“We are going to play a side whose position in the table does not reflect how good they are.
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“It just shows the Championship is a ruthless league when you look at the likes of Southampton, Norwich and Charlton. This league doesn't take any history into consideration.”
Swansea were 3-2 winners at Carrow Road in November, but only four of that Canaries squad - goalkeeper David Marshall, defenders Gary Doherty and Ryan Bertrand and midfielder Sammy Clingan - are expected to feature at the Liberty Stadium today.
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Gone are John Kennedy, David Bell, Arturo Lupoli, Leroy Lita, Elliott Omozusi while Mark Fotheringham, Matty Pattison and Jamie Cureton are out of favour and Wes Hoolahan is sidelined for the rest of the season through injury.
“You look at their side and it is totally different to the one we faced at Carrow Road earlier this season,” said Martinez. “They have Gow, Mooney, Lee, Carney - players who have only been there in the second half or last third of the campaign.
“It should be an exciting game. I don't think a draw suits either team, so it should be a very open game with two footballing sides.”