Cureton ready for hostile reception
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries striker Jamie Cureton is bracing himself for a rough ride when he makes his first return to Colchester at the weekend - and says a goal would be the perfect way to keep them quiet.
Canaries striker Jamie Cureton is bracing himself for a rough ride when he makes his first return to Colchester at the weekend - and says a goal would be the perfect way to keep them quiet.
Cureton stunned the Us when he asked to leave Layer Road in the summer and within weeks was back at the club where he started his career.
And while the 32-year-old is looking forward to making the return journey, he insists it's purely business.
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"It would be good to score," he said. "I have missed a couple of late and it would be a nice time to get back to goal scoring and down there it would be great.
"I obviously have a closeness to the club, but my allies lie with Norwich now and if I could get a goal and help us win then that would be great."
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Cureton's return and the fact the match is being televised live add spice to the fixture - as does last weekend's reversal of fortunes, when City manouevred themselves out of the bottom three by beating Sheffield United, while Colchester slipped into the drop zone after a 4-1 hammering at Cardiff.
"I'm sure I'm going to get stick," he said. "It's nice to be going into it above them so they can't give me too much.
"It is a tough game - they are a better side at home than they are away so it's going to be tough. They are obviously going to want to beat us to go back above us and it is a chance for us to push a team away from us and get a few points clear of them.
"Obviously I have a tie to the club and I am looking forward to going back down there, but hopefully we can take three points off them.
"We can go down there knowing that if we do win we pull away from them, but it is going to be tough because they are chasing us and they don't want to be stuck there for too long. If we can come out winning it is another step forward to trying to get a bit closer to safety."
Cureton hasn't scored in his last four games and has had to play second fiddle to teenage strike partner Ched Evans in the last two. But his role as the senior partner is one he welcomes - especially with such a willing accomplice.
"It's good," he said. "Obviously I am the older statesmen. He is fresh and enthusiastic and it's nice to try and help him out. He is a young lad making his career in the game now. He has two good goals, he works very hard for the side and has a freshness because he's a kid and he's a willing runner.
"He has done well for us - I think we have done okay the two games we have played together. Obviously he has managed to get two goals and we've managed to win both games."
Simply getting out of the bottom three has lifted much of the pressure around the City camp.
"It is nice," said Cureton. "It has been a long time that we have been stuck down there and it's nice to get out. Obviously it is important now that we don't sit back.
"We have got to keep going and keep trying to get out of trouble because we know that one loss and results go against you and you are back in it.
"I think everyone, the fans and everyone, pulled together and the boys on the pitch have done the business and we have managed to get ourselves out of that. Now we just have to keep moving forwards."