Worthy relishing the here and now’
CHRIS WISE Nigel Worthington won't be letting his thoughts drift towards his summer break while there regularly hounded by frustrated supporters over the course of the season - but not the Norwich City boss.
Nigel Worthington won't be letting his thoughts drift towards his summer break while there are still games of football to be played.
Most under-pressure managers would surely relish the prospect of a holiday after being regularly hounded by frustrated supporters over the course of the season - but not the Norwich City boss.
"There are two games to play - and I am looking forward to both those games," said Worthington when asked whether he was now concentrating on making a fresh start in August.
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"Running away from the situation, looking ahead to the break and thinking 'I wish it was here now' - that doesn't solve the situation.
"We as group of staff and players have got to stay focused on what we want - to play reasonably good football and win as many games as possible.
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"If we could get an away win under our belts on Saturday it would be very nice. I would also love to keep a clean sheet, that would be a good way to start.
"We need to stop conceding the first goal. We need to score it ourselves and then move on from there.
"I can live with the performance we turned in against Sheffield Wednesday last week, even though I was obviously disappointed that we lost the game. I'll be looking for us to build on that, while taking the chances that come our way. If we do that, we'll not be far away."
With City having made it six home wins on the trot on Monday, Worthington knows it's performances rather than results that are causing supporters to voice their displeasure at present. Coupled with a season of under-achievement, the nervous, disjointed display that preceded the remarkable late comeback on Monday was the last thing that many supporters wanted to see - but the manager said it was all part and parcel of life outside the Premiership.
"I have said it before - there is not a hell of a lot of football played in this league because it is rough and ready stuff," he said.
"Our first 10 games of the season football-wise was probably as good as anything we have played this season. We were creating chances and didn't take them and we ended up losing and drawing quite a few games."
City go into tomorrow's fixture at Ninian Park in 10th place in the Championship table - but they could move up to as high as seventh if they beat Cardiff and while such a finish would be no substitute for promotion it is very much in the manager's thoughts as he prepares for the final two games of a disappointing campaign.
"It is very simple and straight-forward - we want to finish as high as we can," he said. "Nothing changes from that point of view. You want to do the best you can in every single game. There are six points to play for and you would love to go and get two good wins.
"If we had done in the first half of the season what we have done in the second then we would have been comfortably in the play-offs - and we want to continue in that vein in our final two matches."