Brown: I need my first goal
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries new boy Chris Brown is hoping to break his scoring duck to relieve the mounting pressure on Norwich City this afternoon - but would be more than happy to swap goals for points.
Canaries new boy Chris Brown is hoping to break his scoring duck to relieve the mounting pressure on Norwich City this afternoon - but would be more than happy to swap goals for points.
Brown has yet to hit the back of the net in his half a dozen appearances since his £325,000 move from Sunderland last month - and how City could do with the goals.
With 17-goal striker Robert Earnshaw on the sidelines City have spurned a hatful of chances in recent games - and it's proved costly.
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One win and four defeats in the last four league games has seen them slip to a precarious position, just five points clear of the Championship relegation zone - and just six off rock bottom.
Three points at home to Coventry today would ease the pressure, but anything else and next week's trips to Luton and Barnsley - who occupy the two spots immediately below City - take on even greater significance.
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And that's where Brown comes in, to ease the pressure on City, on Darren Huckerby, who has scored six of City's 12 goals in their last eight league and FA Cup games - and on himself.
“I just need the first goal to go in,” admitted Brown. “Then I think I will hopefully go on from there. I maybe need one to go off my shin or something like that.”
Brown was close to opening his account in the FA Cup fourth round replay at home to Blackpool, but was denied by a last-gasp tackle - and then watched as teenager Chris Brown slid the ball home for his first ever senior goal.
The longer the wait goes, the more difficult it gets - but the 22-year-old says the team comes first.
“You just have to remain positive,” he said. “I think the most important thing is the team and if I am helping the team do well that is the main thing. Obviously if the team is doing better and I'm scoring it's an added bonus.
“It's the next thing I need to do, then you can relax a little bit, but I think the team is the most important thing. Once we get clear and start putting a few in I think the goals will come from everybody.
“I just need to get in the right positions. That's what I need to work on in training, getting into better positions and getting across people in the box and stuff. It is just something I need to work on - I knew that before I came here.”
Brown is convinced the Canaries can learn from last week's FA Cup fifth round defeat at Chelsea and use it to their advantage as the season turns its final corner.
“It was disappointing with the result, but again I think we can take a lot from the performance,” he said.
“We have to think positive - we have games in hand over the teams below us. If we can put two or three wins together that will pull us clear and hopefully we will be up the right end of the table the. It is up to us, we have to remain positive in that respect.”