We'll climb the table - Lita

Striker Leroy Lita insisted Norwich City were more than capable of climbing the Championship table as he welcomed a run of five matches in 15 days.Lita has had a fortnight's training at Colney since his debut in the 2-1 home defeat by Derby, and he said he felt he and his new team-mates were fully prepared for their busy schedule, beginning with today's trip to his former club, Bristol City.

Striker Leroy Lita insisted Norwich City were more than capable of climbing the Championship table as he welcomed a run of five matches in 15 days.

Lita has had a fortnight's training at Colney since his debut in the 2-1 home defeat by Derby, and he said he felt he and his new team-mates were fully prepared for their busy schedule, beginning with today's trip to his former club, Bristol City.

“Personally that is what I want and I'm sure the lads do as well - as many games as possible to put things right,” he said.

City went into today's match in 21st place but by the time Lita's loan from Reading runs out, after the game at Burnley at November 1, he expects them to be in a more challenging position.


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He said: “If we go on a little run this league is open to anyone. We're not in a bad position because there is not much of a points difference between the teams. If we go on a good run, things can happen.”

After today's match, City entertain Wolves on Tuesday and Doncaster next Saturday, before successive away games against Derby and Burnley.

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Lita was looking forward to his return to Ashton Gate today after scoring 38 times in 100 appearances for the Robins between 2002 and 2005.

Before today's game, he said: “They are the team that gave me my chance after getting released by Chelsea. They gave me my first pro contract and first team debut so it was really good for me there.

“There are still a few players that play down there that I know so it will be nice to see old faces again.

“It's going to be a good feeling because I had good times down there and the fans were really good to me and hopefully we can go down there and get the win.

“Obviously we are disappointed from the last game, but we have to forget about that now. It should be a good test for us. I am playing for Norwich now and that is my focus.

“We are looking to go down there and win the game and that's all that matters. It was good for me down there, but that's in the past now and I am focused on doing a job for Norwich.”

City boss Glenn Roeder was without full-back Jon Otsemobor (ankle injury) for today's game, but expected defender John Kennedy (ankle) and midfield pair Matty Pattison (hamstring) and Sammy Clingan (shoulder) to be fit, while defender Gary Doherty was in line for a surprise recall among the substitutes.

The 28-year-old centre-half, out of action since he suffered an ankle injury in City's first tour match in Sweden in July, was in the travelling party that left Colney yesterday. Said Roeder: “He's been in training. We're going to take him with us because Stefanovic is still suspended. It's whether we risk putting Doc on the bench or not, because we are running short of defenders. It is really too soon for him but we might just be forced to do it.”

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