We can cash in on Norwich City’s attack plan - Everton’s Coleman

Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman believes Everton can benefit from Norwich City’s attacking approach when the two sides meet at Goodison Park tomorrow.

The Toffees welcome Paul Lambert’s side to Merseyside, looking to bounce back after successive Premier League defeats.

David Moyes’ men battled hard at Arsenal last weekend, but succumbed to Robin van Persie’s wonder goal.

The Canaries have scored more goals than any side outside the top five, and Coleman believes their attacking mentality could play into Everton’s hands.

“I’ve seen a bit of Norwich and I think they’ve done great since they came up,” Coleman told the Liverpool Daily Post. “They’ve taken it in their stride and are playing the way they did last season, which is good to see. It definitely won’t be an easy game. It will be tough but we will be hoping to win.


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“If a team goes for it, then there are always going to be chances with spaces being left at the back. In these games you have to break these teams down and we will be hoping to do that.”

Coleman was part of the Blackpool side that won promotion from the Championship two years ago, and which briefly took the Premier League by storm last season.

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And the Irish winger believes the Tangerines’ no fear style provided a blueprint for newly-promoted sides, one which Norwich have followed with some success this year.

He said: “A couple of teams may look at the way Blackpool approached the Premier League and take inspiration from that. They took a view that if the other teams score two we will try and score three.

“The teams that have come up this season haven’t really sat back, they have gone for the wins. And maybe Blackpool have given them the inspiration to do that.

“I’m sure all the Norwich players are hungry for it in this league and are trying to prove themselves in the top league, which is something I’m still trying to do week in, week out.

“They are keen to make a name for themselves in the Premier League and that is probably why they’ve started to do so well in the Premier League this season.”

Everton are waiting for news of the extent of Jack Rodwell’s hamstring injury. The 20-year-old England international missed the trip to Arsenal last weekend, and had a scan earlier this week. Medical chiefs hope there is no substantial tear to the muscle, but Rodwell is unlikely to feature against the Canaries.

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