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Patrick Bamford says he will start scoring for Norwich City

08:57 17 March 2016

Joe Hart of Manchester City punches clear ahead of Patrick Bamford of Norwich during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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12/03/2016

Joe Hart of Manchester City punches clear ahead of Patrick Bamford of Norwich during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 12/03/2016

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Patrick Bamford is confident he will only get better for Norwich City – and when he does, the goals will follow.

Saturday’s goalless draw with Manchester City was not only the 22-year-old’s first Premier League start – it was only his second start this season, after the on-loan Chelsea striker’s trickier pre-January spell at Crystal Palace.

The sharpness wasn’t quite there for Bamford to take his chances as a substitute in defeat at Swansea, but the promise was added to by his 67 minutes at Carrow Road.

“It’s like a vicious circle,” said Bamford. “If you don’t play and then you don’t take your chances because you’re not sharp, then you’re not going to play again. So you need that run of games to get that sharpness back – and then the goals will start coming again, I’m sure.”

Bamford’s Premier League ambitions had been curtailed by Norwich’s play-off success last summer, but now the former Middlesbrough man is fully engaged in City’s survival fight. Not only is he clear of the emotional baggage from City’s relegation two seasons ago – he hasn’t sensed it in his team-mates either.

“To be fair, all I can see from all the players is a determination not to let it happen,” he added. “No-one wants to get relegated and there is that drive to not let it happen, and everyone in the team is heading towards that.”

Having now made his home debut, Bamford admitted it was nice to be on the right side of the Carrow Road crowd for once – support that can help fuel City’s top-flight survival bid.

“Saturday was the loudest I’ve heard it since I’ve been here,” Bamford added. “The crowd were really with us and that helps. It drives the team on. When you’re tired and then you hear that roar, it almost gives you that extra self belief and it can be helpful.

“I’ve been booed a lot before when I’ve come here, so it was nice to have them supporting me and get that nice ovation at the end.”

•Do you think Bamford should start against West Brom? Leave your comments below

15 comments

  • I think Bamford needs to start just behind Mbokani. He is not a natural lone striker, but has the ability to both support and score. May mean Wes is on the bench, but think this would be a strong combination against WBA.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, March 18, 2016

  • Agree with the Brady for Redmond switch, and Jarvis on the right. Otherwise same team but if Wes getting muscled out then get Naismith on early.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Dingo, I think your first report about Nates had it right. Archie & Co playing catch-up.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Redmond out for six weeks could be a bonus. Jarvis will get in better crosses and will also track back more energetically

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    DaveG

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Redmond out for six weeks according to Anglia tv, whilst watching from here in Spain.

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    Barry from Spain

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Actually, Patrick we need you to start scoring now. In a few games time it will be too late.

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • I agree with Barry from Spain too. Jeez this match is important plus. No news on Nathan from me - don't know what to think so I guess he's out for WBA with a view to the Newcastle game. Dunno. All intelligence gratefully received.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • W ell we need someone to score goals for us in the next 8 matches. Goals win games and we need them desperately.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Bamford has to start. No more tinkering of players and systems. Start as close to team from Man. City game. With Redmond out, Brady in and Jarvis to right hand side. Use subs wisely.

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    footgolf

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Yes P.B. should start. Perhaps we should make his move permanent come the summer. He could be a real asset to the Canary cause. Chelsea will not be content to wait for his development and, a consequence he will not get a look in.

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    Egyptian canary

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Spot on Barry from Spain on the team selection. No room for Naismith! But not a bad dilemma to have.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • Yes same team as last week, with Brady in for Redmond, but swopping wings with Brady on the left and Jarvis on the right.

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    Barry from Spain

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • He should definitely start from now. His hold up play was very good last week, especially given how isolated he was at times. When the game is stretched then bring on Mbok and CJ like last week. For me Bamford shows he is naturally gifted and almost scored a wonder goal out of nothing. Goals come naturally to him - he just needs to break his duckstroke of luck.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • He played well last week and came close to scoring, yes he should start against WBA, and if the defence is as good again behind him hopefully the goals will come. G'day MB from sunny Adelaide still a trashing had a good report again

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

  • From his performance last week, I'm certain the goals will come. Sounds like he's had a pep talk that he'll be the number 1 striker for the next few games. That is, at least, what I've been told. OTBC. Still no definitive news on Redderz?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 17, 2016

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