Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Anthony Pilkington believes Norwich City need to get back to winning ways quickly – and the return of Grant Holt would certainly help make it happen.
The Canaries’ skipper was missing from Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City after failing a late fitness test but Norwich will hope he can make this afternoon’s Premier League trip to West Ham despite his hamstring concerns.
City travel to Upton Park off the back of three straight defeats, having previously been unbeaten in a club Premier League record 10 matches – but they may have to make the trip without Holt’s most likely replacement Steve Morison, who departed early on Saturday with a thigh strain.
“I think it’s important we don’t lose on Tuesday because you look to win every game,” said Pilkington. “We haven’t won in three and we were disappointed against Man City because we felt we could have got something from the game.
“The lads can take some confidence from the way we battled back, though, and hopefully take that into Tuesday’s game and get a result.
“I don’t think they wanted to risk Grant on Saturday, but hopefully he will be back for West Ham. Harry Kane came on at the weekend and he did really well, but Grant Holt is the main man. He is a massive player for the club and when he doesn’t play we are always going to miss him.
“There are a couple of injuries. Holt missed Saturday and hopefully will come in for Tuesday, and Moro has picked up an injury and there are a few other knocks here and there. So hopefully we can get ourselves together.
“It is going to be another tough game. Any away game in this league is going to be really tough and they’ve been on a really good run and picked up a lot of points, especially after being promoted last season. So it’s going to be really tough and a game we’re hoping to get something from.
“We have got to pick ourselves up, but we can take a little bit of confidence with the way we came back on Saturday and hopefully take that on into Tuesday.”