We'll repay our away fans - Doherty
Gary Doherty is adamant that the rest of the players will repay the faith shown by the much-suffering away supporters and deliver the Canaries' first win on their travels this year against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Defender Gary Doherty is adamant that the rest of the players will repay the faith shown by the much-suffering away supporters and deliver the Canaries' first win on their travels this year against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough tomorrow (3pm).
Doherty is determined for the fans to have something to cheer about come the end of the season so that they can go away over the summer and re-charge their batteries ready for what will be another bruising, but hopefully rewarding, season.
The Doc's diagnosis for City's failure to reach the play-offs this time around was because of their travel sickness and knows that this must be remedied if they are ever going to make it back into the top flight at the next time of asking.
“There have been a lot of disappointing away performances and that has been highlighted this season,” said the 26-year-old, who had the misfortune of scoring in his own net last time out against Preston, which helped to crush the Canaries' play-off chances.
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“It would be nice to go out with a bang. We have got two away games including this one so it would be nice to get two good results and let the fans enjoy their holidays a little bit more I suppose.”
And Doherty was at a loss as to why City find it impossible to mirror their impressive home record away from Carrow Road.
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He said: “It's strange as the pressure is on us at home with the fans on our backs a bit. It's a strange one. We can make Carrow Road such a fortress when we are playing well and the fans are behind us. It's a tough place to come but we now have to transform that to our away form. I'm sure we'll put things right in the summer and we have to if are to have any chance of getting promoted.
“It's the smaller kind of clubs that we have found hard to beat away from home and we have got to put that right for next season.”
Doherty insists that the players are not letting their minds slip towards their summer holidays and that they are all determined to fight to the finish bearing in mind the rebuilding work that is certain to take place during the summer months.
Doherty was also keen to stress that City would not be doing relegation-threatened Wednesday any favours as the other teams in the drop zone - Brighton, Millwall and Crewe - also fight for their lives.
He declared: “There is professional pride and Wednesday have got a lot to play for so we have to give a good account of ourselves as well. You don't want to kill off the other teams that are down there. The gaffer is going back to his old club and you have got to plant some good seeds in his head for next season, so there are a few big things to consider.”
City manager Nigel Worthington also confirmed that he would be bringing in a couple of fresh faces for tomorrow's trip to Sheffield Wednesday.
With the Canaries now out of the running for the play-offs the final four games of the season are all about preparing for the future, and with that in mind Worthington looks certain to give several of his promising youngsters a chance to show what they can do.
It remains to be seen whether that process will get under way at the weekend, but it's fair bet that there will be at least one teenager on show as City go looking for their first away victory of 2006 at Hillsborough.
With Leon McKenzie having been ruled out with the hip injury he sustained at Preston last week, Ryan Jarvis could well get a chance up front, while highly-rated Irish youth international Michael Spillane could also come into contention for a place in the starting line-up.
Doherty hinted: “Micky Spillane might come in along the back four, but we will have to wait and see how it goes. Everyone is desperate to play as there are only four games to go.
“It will be good for them to taste the first team action, it is a lot tougher than the reserve games that they are playing in at the moment.
“Rossi Jarvis had a little taste of it against West Ham and some might taste it again at the weekend and they will certainly benefit from the experience.
“It is so much harder than just playing in the Reserves. You do one run in a first team game and it's as tiring as doing 10 runs in the reserves. They'll find that out but I'm sure that they'll acquit themselves well.
He added: “If you make a mistake you will get punished. It will be on the TV and in the papers but that's just something that you have got to deal with if they want a career in this game.”
Meanwhile, City forward Paul McVeigh, who has missed the Canaries' last three games after picking up a back injury in the victory over Sheffield United insists he is well on the road to recovery and looking forward to a return to competitive action:
"I've been training for the last couple of days with the physio and hopefully I'm going to join in with the rest of the team on Thursday.
"If I train on Thursday with the first team then I'll have a couple of days training and then hopefully I might be involved on Saturday,” he told the club's official website.