Croft - Goals will come soon

Lee Croft is convinced it's only a matter of time before Norwich City turn the corner and move away from the relegation zone. The Canaries winger has spent most of the season watching from the sidelines as City have tripped up time and time again in front of goal.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Lee Croft is convinced it's only a matter of time before Norwich City turn the corner and move away from the relegation zone.

The Canaries winger has spent most of the season watching from the sidelines as City have tripped up time and time again in front of goal.

But the 22-year-old believes that once they end their scoring jinx, which currently stands at a little over four games, it will be a different story.

“If we keep playing well it is only a matter of time before the goals start coming back and once that happens I think we will be fine,” said Croft.

“I think if we had got a goal the other night against Scunthorpe we might have gone on to get a few more, but luck wasn't with us - hopefully that will come.”

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Croft insists the goal drought isn't weighing on the players' minds - at least not during matches.

“I don't think we think too much when we're playing, but when you look at the stats it's there,” he said. “Once that goal goes in I am sure the confidence will spread and we will be fine.”

The drought has seen City slip into the relegation zone, but Croft says that uppermost in the players' minds will be sorting out the problem, rather than worrying about the league position.

“Obviously it is not the best situation, but we are not really thinking about it to be honest,” he said. “The main thing was to put a bit of a better performance on the other night and I am sure if we can improve on that again the goals will come, that will come naturally.

“We haven't been playing well and if we are not playing well we are not going to create chances and obviously that goes hand in hand with not scoring goals. Hopefully the performances will keep getting better and better and the goal will come with that and the points will come as well.

“I thought it got better the other night and that was important - we need to take that on to Monday night and play well again and get a win, which we need.

“It is the wrong end of the table, but there are only a few games gone, there are a lot more game to play and a lot more points to be won so we are not too worried about that at this moment in time.”

It's been a lean season for Croft, who has started just three league games this season and will be hoping that he did enough against Scunthorpe to earn a fourth.

“I don't know, I hope so, I want to play every game,” said Croft. “I will just keep training hard and see where it goes from there.”

The significance of his appearance was that it was the first time he and left winger Darren Huckerby have started a game together this season.

“It was great for myself being back in the side,” he said. “We spoke before the game and we wanted to make it work so that we get another chance at it. Hopefully we did that.

“Obviously we didn't get the win which we would have liked, but hopefully we did enough.”