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Steven Whittaker is determined to rise to the challenge at Norwich City

Steven Whittaker accepts the pressure is on Norwich City's squad. 
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Steven Whittaker accepts the pressure is on Norwich City's squad. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Steven Whittaker realises it is time for Norwich City’s squad to deliver after dropping their Championship standards.

City’s tilt at the second tier began in authorative fashion but reality has bitten during the past month.

Questions over City’s ability to break down obdurate opponents continue to rage with each fresh frustrating shift, but Whittaker is convinced Neil Adams’ squad will prove their promotion credentials.

“This is a blip for me,” he said. “We’re only four points off the top of the league and 13 games in so we’re still very much upbeat about the squad we have here and the football we are playing.

“We believe it will all come together and we will be up there come the end of the season. I think it’s just a little bit of a trigger we need and hopefully that comes sooner rather than later. We know it’s been a few games now, and probably too long a run of not winning at Carrow Road if we are honest, and that is something we need to put right.

“It’s always nice when you are winning games and scoring goals because then confidence is never a problem. These are the times when you are tested and you need to stand up a little bit bigger and better. You need to remain professional. We have the quality within the team and the opportunity to win games will come.”

Whittaker has had greater first team exposure under Adams this season and the Scot is adapting to the demands of forging a partnership down the right-flank with Nathan Redmond.

“Nath has been great this year. He is such a positive player, so direct when he gets the ball,” he said. “You know he is going to get to that byline so as a full-back sometimes it’s just a case of giving him the ball and letting him do his stuff because he definitely has the ability to beat a full-back and get balls into the box.

“I have played my fair share of games and the way we are playing and how we want to attack teams it is enjoyable to be part of that. As a full-back with the manager here he wants you to get forward as much as you can and join in and we are the dominant force in a lot of the matches, but we know we have to put the results on the table as well.”

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