We'll go at Blackburn, says Fox
Paddy Davitt Norwich City midfielder David Fox insists the Canaries will go all out to pull off a Carling Cup shock in tonight's second round tie at Blackburn. Fox is pushing for a recall to the City line-up with Norwich boss Paul Lambert pledging to freshen things up after the midfielder's last start came in the first round home win over Gillingham.
Norwich City midfielder David Fox insists the Canaries will go all out to pull off a Carling Cup shock in tonight's second round tie at Blackburn.
Fox is pushing for a recall to the City line-up with Norwich boss Paul Lambert pledging to freshen things up after the midfielder's last start came in the first round home win over Gillingham.
The former Manchester United trainee, who has lost his place in the team to youngster Korey Smith in the previous two games, believes the Canaries are more than capable of knocking out Rovers to build on an impressive opening to the new campaign.
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“If we get a result then for many people it will be seen as a shock and we'll get our names in the paper but we have nothing to lose,” said Fox. “There is no point in going there worrying about them, we'll respect them, but we'll go at them.
“It has given the lads a massive lift to pick up the last two results and look at that league table but I think the most important thing is to win games, whether that is the league or the cup.
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“It keeps the momentum going and that is something you try and get at the start of the season.
“We certainly don't look at it as a distraction, we have this game and a massive one in the league on Saturday and then it's the international break so the feeling really is to try and have one last big push. If that happens then come the break, the league will look good and so will the cup.”
Fox admitted Carling Cup football is a chance for the fringe players to impress the manager.
“There is definitely a healthy competition for places and a good amount of lads who all want to play,” he said. “Obviously for the boys not playing they are just waiting for their chance to impress. We have a very talented squad here and if you think you are going to walk in here and play 46 games then you are kidding yourself. The most important thing is that I am right to be available to play in every game and if I get a chance then I will do a job the best I can.
“If I am not involved I'll work even harder to get back into the team. We have a big squad where everyone is more than capable - even the young lads here can step in.”
Fox has previous with the League Cup after featuring in a Blackpool side that reached the fourth round in October 2007 before losing to a star-studded Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
“For me, personally, it was a great experience to go to a team like that and these sort of games don't come around very often,” he said. “It's an opportunity to play at a Premier League ground and against some top players so, from our point of view, I don't think the competition has lost any of its magic.
“Maybe Manchester United or Chelsea might think a bit differently, but United won it last year so I am sure the big teams are taking it seriously.
“I'm sure the manager at Blackburn will be looking for them to have a very good cup run because a competition like the Carling Cup can be very good for those sort of clubs. They will put out a very strong team and it will be a good test for us but one we are looking forward to because the boys want to play against the best teams.”