Why Fozzy kept his shirt on
Chris Lakey Canaries skipper Mark Fotheringham almost got carried away with the goal celebrations on Saturday - and it could have proved costly.
Canaries skipper Mark Fotheringham almost got carried away with the goal celebrations on Saturday - and it could have proved costly.
Fotheringham is just one yellow card away from an automatic one-game ban after notching up four bookings this season.
And when Ched Evans celebrated his stunning late winner at Cardiff on Saturday by taking his shirt off, Fotheringham was right next to him doing the same - until his situation dawned on him. And while referee Richard Beeby spotted Evans' misdemeanour, Fotheringham escaped punishment
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“There has been a bit of banter going about that,” he said. “I think I was more excited than him with his goal and then I just realised that I was on four bookings, so it was only half off.
“You can see there is a fantastic team spirit and it has been there since the start of the season and it's always great to celebrate goals. There is no better feeling than winning games - if you could have come in that dressing room after the game you could just feel it, it's such a great atmosphere.”
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Evans' winner was spectacular, outdoing even Darel Russell's superb 20-yard volley that earned the points against Preston the previous week.
But while Fotheringham appreciated the efforts, he isn't bothered how they go in, when they go in nor what they look like.
“They were two good goals,” he said. “I hope the fans enjoy it because you don't see many goals like that through the season.
“We just need to continue the way we're playing and hopefully get three points again tomorrow.
“I think I would take any sort of goal - the rest of the boys are the same. It doesn't how it goes in or what time in the game, it could be the last minute, as long as we get the win.”
Evans' strike extended City's unbeaten run to 12 games - a run which started the day Fotheringham was handed the captain's armband by Roeder for the home win over Plymouth
It has meant a huge change in fortunes for a player who, after featuring in the first three matches, spent the best part of three months on the treatment table and could easily have found himself out of the picture under Glenn Roeder.
Instead, everything is rosy for the affable Scot.
“It is just great - all the players, everybody has had an input and everyone is working hard together and when you get a few results you do get confident, but I am just glad to be back playing,” he said. “It has been the worst moment in my career so far, to be out three months injured. I was really down about it and it was good of the physios to help me along.
“I worked really hard in the summer on my fitness because I had a taste of what this league is all about and it is a physical league and I am so glad to be back in the team and playing. Long may it continue.”
Fotheringham, who missed the 2-1 defeat at Hull in August, is enjoying the ride, but won't discuss the possibility of City reaching the play-offs.
“I don't like speaking about it,” he said. “A few of the lads have spoken about it, but for me the most important thing is to win every single game, no matter whether it's the cup or whatever game it is, we just want to win every game.”