We won't get carried away - Worthy
DAVID CUFFLEY Nigel Worthington is determined not to get carried away on the strength of two good performances. The Canaries produced some of their best football for months in their 1-0 defeat at Leeds and 2-0 home win over Preston, prompting some reports to talk of Dutch-style entertainment.
City boss Nigel Worthington is determined not to get carried away on the strength of two good performances.
The Canaries produced some of their best football for months in their 1-0 defeat at Leeds and 2-0 home win over Preston, prompting some reports to talk of Dutch-style entertainment.
“Come twelve months late, hasn't it? We went to Holland last year in pre-season and they played us off the park, so I don't know,” said Worthington.
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“Dutch, English, I'm a great believer that the British can play as good a football as anybody else in Europe and the world and they've proved that.
“We're not going to get carried away. There are two games gone. We've lost one through passing well and creating chances, and we've won one through passing the ball and creating chances. There are 44 games to go. I don't think it has all fallen into place yet. I think we can improve.”
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Midfielder Andy Hughes is back in training after a groin injury, though it seems certain that, barring late injury problems, City will be unchanged against Luton tomorrow.
Worthington, not giving anything away, said: “Whether we go with the same shape or not we'll have to look at that over the next 24 hours.”
He admitted that players in a successful side were less likely to complain about minor injuries.
“When a team is winning games, there are fewer bumps and knocks around. The mental state that we've worked on will come into play this season as far as niggling injuries that we can get by with, and we will get people out performing. It's to do with positive thinking, mental strength, all that type of thing.”
The search for new players continues, with cover for left-back and skipper Adam Drury one of Worthington's priorities, though he missed out on one target, Clive Clarke, from West Ham, who joined Sunderland on Tuesday.
He said: “To get back-up for Adam will be very important. We would have liked to have get Clive Clarke, but he's gone to Sunderland. He was up for guaranteed first-team football and I'm not going to tell anybody any lies. I can't guarantee anybody that. It's on performance and everything else.”
Luton boss Mike Newell admits his side may have to play more defensively on their travels after losing 13 away games last season.
“We didn't get as many points as we should have done away from home last season. If that means we are a little bit more defensive at times that that is what we are going to have to do,” he told www.lutontown.co.uk
“Sometimes you have to grind out results and it may not always be pretty or good to watch.
“However, I would rather come away from a place saying that we have won, than someone saying that we have played well and deserved more than we have got.”
Lewis Emanuel, a free transfer from Bradford City, scored his first goal for the Hatters in Tuesday's 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday, after they opened the campaign with a 2-0 home win over Leicester.
New striker Adam Boyd, a £500,000 signing from Hartlepool, has appeared as a substitute in both matches so far, Newell admitting: “He has got quality, but he is not fit.”
The one long-term casualty for the Hatters is left-back Paul Underwood, who suffered an infection after a summer knee operation.