We'll give it our best shot for the fans, promises Lee

Alan Lee sounded a battle-cry ahead of today's vital Carrow Road clash with Watford after showing the fighting qualities that City will need over the remaining four games.

Alan Lee sounded a battle-cry ahead of today's vital Carrow Road clash with Watford after showing the fighting qualities that City will need over the remaining four games.

The tough-as-teak striker scored City's equaliser at Swansea on Saturday and was by some distance their best player - and that could bode well for the run-in.

"I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled," said Lee, who celebrated his first City strike by running over and embracing manager Bryan Gunn.

"It's nice. I am a confidence player and normally when I get one I get more and that will give me some extra confidence on Monday. That's what I'm looking for.

"I have tended to do that in the past and like any centre forward, when you come to a club you don't want to go too long without scoring.

"That can sometimes make or break a centre forward's period at the club - in the initial period you get an early goal and a few more tend to go in for you so I will be looking for that now and I'll just be thinking about goals on Monday - if selected."

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Defeat at the Liberty Stadium has set City's survival hopes back again, but Lee - who also went agonisingly close when he slipped a shot just past the post - believes he can thrive on the pressure it adds to the remaining games, beginning this afternoon.

"It's huge," he said. "I have got to say I'm looking forward to it though - full house, loads of pressure. I love all that, so let's go, bring it on.

"We're very disappointed at the moment, but we have got to lift ourselves for Monday.

"There is nothing to lose now, we have slipped into the relegation zone. We have got to be strong, brave, express ourselves, give it everything.

"I am still positive, I am going to go in and me and the lads are going to give it absolutely everything on Monday and I think we are going to win.

"What can we do now except give it our best shot?

"It needs hard work, endeavour, bravery and I think we have got that, so tell the fans we are going to give it our absolute best shot, and we are going to work so hard and hopefully that will see us through.

"I think the team have got enough.

"There are some fantastic lads there and I think we have enough to do it."

While the memory of his first City goal may well be a spur, the downside of his personal performance was Swansea's winner - and the way he was beaten out on the flank by young Joe Allen in the move which led to Jason Scotland being fouled in the area by Gary Doherty.

"I have gone out to chase the smallest man on the pitch and I think he put it through my legs," said Lee.

"I think he could have ran through my legs as well. But obviously I would have rather a defender was out there.

"I came close first half, I didn't feel there as much else I could do with the chance, but we caused them problems.

"I felt we were going to score another goal, but it didn't come and that's what happens when you're down there."

Lee's performance should earn him another start today - and then all roads lead to arch rivals Ipswich, where he spent two and a half years as a player. It's a relationship which raised a few eyebrows when Gunn signed him on loan from Crystal Palace last month - although it appears to be fast slipping into the background.

"I have got to say that all the fans up there and around Norwich, at the training ground, have been so nice and welcoming to me and I want to thank them for that," he said.

"When I signed there was a lot of chat about Ipswich and I got asked daft questions about celebrating goals against Norwich, but the fans know when you give 100pc and they don't care who you played for.

"You score goals and work hard and they will be happy with you."