Wilson questions Canaries' promotion credentials

Paddy Davitt Swindon boss Danny Wilson taunted Norwich City yesterday by questioning the Canaries' bottle for a League One promotion fight.Wilson is confident his Robins can upset Paul Lambert's side at Carrow Road tomorrow to knock City out of the play-off places.

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Swindon boss Danny Wilson taunted Norwich City yesterday by questioning the Canaries' bottle for a League One promotion fight.

Wilson is confident his Robins can upset Paul Lambert's side at Carrow Road tomorrow to knock City out of the play-off places.

The former Sheffield Wednesday manager insists his underdogs are no respecters of reputations and admits he was buoyed by an Elland Road scouting mission to see Norwich's televised defeat at title-challengers Leeds.

“I watched them on Monday and we're more than capable of competing with them,” said Wilson. “We've had very good Southampton, Colchester and Millwall sides come here and have played particularly well against them. Name alone doesn't make a team, and their players have to live up to the club's reputation, and that expectation level is not something that some players can handle.

“When it starts getting hot in that kitchen, we'll start to see whether they are quality players or not, and it will get hot because the expectation level at those sorts of clubs is massive.”

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Wilson is adamant his unfashionable club have the staying power to match the League One heavyweights over the long haul.

“Six or seven wins against the top teams will get you up there at the end of the season and that's what we're aiming for,” he said. “We know we can rise to those big occasions, we've just got to make sure we take enough points from the teams around us to keep us in those top six.”

Wilson is backing his men to bounce back at Carrow Road from a first league defeat since the opening day of the season against Hartlepool last time out.

“We had a decent amount of possession last week, but we didn't turn anywhere near enough of that into opportunities which was more disappointing than anything else,” he said. “We also put pressure on ourselves, but we know we've got players in our team who can compete with the top sides, and that is the test we face this weekend.”

City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy quarter-final opponents travel without the influential Jonathan Douglas - but Wilson promises his side is not a one trick outfit.

“I don't think anyone can survive being a one-man team, and if you're perceived as that then you will start to believe it and then lose confidence very quickly,” he said. “We have to believe that we've got enough quality players to take us through this little patch where Jonathan is not available. People have to step up to the plate. What I'd really love is for someone to come in and say 'right Jonathan Douglas, get back in this team if you can'.”