Drury ready for Sky Blues battle royal

Norwich captain Adam Drury has sounded a Championship survival battle cry ahead of Saturday's high stakes Carrow Road tussle against Coventry.

Norwich captain Adam Drury has sounded a Championship survival battle cry ahead of Saturday's high stakes Carrow Road tussle against Coventry.

Drury insists Peter Grant's injury-hit squad will hold their nerve as the Canaries gear up for the Sky Blues' visit ahead of a crunch double header against relegation-threatened Luton and Barnsley next week.

Both clubs grabbed vital home wins on Tuesday night as Norwich slipped to a 2-1 defeat at play-off chasing Preston but Drury saw enough at Deepdale to suggest the club can pull clear of the dogfight.

“The other results haven't really gone for us which makes this weekend even more important,” said the 28-year-old. “There's isn't any extra pressure because the pressure is always their to perform at home. We still need to win games; there's no getting away from that. It's all about picking up points, so we're not kidding ourselves.

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“If I didn't think we were playing well then it might be doom and gloom. We went in 2-0 down at Preston and the manager said he couldn't really fault us. If we'd been playing badly then obviously he would've gone mad. We just need to keep playing decent stuff - if we do we'll be alright.”

Drury is adamant the club can also absorb the impact of a lengthening injury list.

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Dion Dublin (calf) and Peter Thorne (thigh) were the latest additions to the Carrow Road roll call after Tuesday's Deepdale defeat.

Jason Shackell, Lee Croft and Chris Brown battled through the pain barrier to appear at Preston after picking up minor knocks in the FA Cup defeat at Chelsea - a cup tie where Celtic loan recruit David Marshall (ankle) joined Robert Earnshaw on the long term sick.

Dickson Etuhu is struggling with a hamstring strain picked up at Stamford Bridge but midfield ally Youssef Safri is in line for a recall against his former club this weekend having missed the Preston reverse.

“We're not getting little knocks but injuries that keep players out of games,” said Drury. “We lost another couple at Preston. Everyone knows what Dion is all about and then Thorney gets his chance and picks up a niggly injury.

“When you see someone like Dion going off the pitch and we're trailing at a place like Preston it could've be easy to fold, but we showed character to comeback. We got everyone together at half time and said we're still in the game. We never give up fighting for each other.”

Pavel Pergl's long-range opener for the Lilywhites was the fifth consecutive match Norwich have conceded first - a bad habit Drury is desperate to cure.

“It's costing us because we're going behind in games before we can get started,” he said. “The frustration is we play well and have no points to show for it again. We were definitely worth a draw. I thought we battered them - especially second half.”

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