Etuhu has score to settle at Town
CHRIS LAKEY Dickson Etuhu has promised City fans there will be no repeat of his last East Anglian derby performance when the biannual clash of the cross-border rivals takes place this weekend.
Dickson Etuhu has promised City fans there will be no repeat of his last East Anglian derby performance when the biannual clash of the cross-border rivals takes place this weekend.
Etuhu lasted just 45 minutes of the 2-1 home defeat by the Tractor Boys back in February when former boss Nigel Worthington's team were struggling to shake of an horrific January when they had lost three matches out of four, conceded 11 goals and been dumped out of the FA Cup by West Ham.
It was a performance that almost typified his struggles during his first few months at Carrow Road - a difficult time which he says is now behind him.
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"Ipswich is the big one," said Etuhu. "On a personal level I can't wait to win that game because the last game I played against them I was absolutely awful.
"Now I feel a lot better and I just can't wait for it."
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Etuhu clearly summered well, but it's the arrival of new manager Peter Grant which has brought out the best in him, including superb goals in the win over Championship leaders Cardiff and in the home draw with Colchester.
He might be a strapping six foot two, but Etuhu admits he needs a comforting arm around the shoulder - and Grant has provided it.
"I am very happy at the moment," he said. "In football you can be happy one day and down the next, but right now the gaffer is giving me that tap on the back, pushing me and telling me that I can get better and that is helping me.
"I need that because sometimes I lose my head and I need people around me to keep me going. Now I've got that this year and I am happy."
Etuhu says the changes under Grant are beginning to have an effect.
"Like in training, things are a lot different," he said. "It's a lot more intense and people are a lot more hungry, and that's a good thing. And I think you will start seeing that out on the pitch soon."
Etuhu had scored 17 goals in 100 starts for Preston but it wasn't until the League Cup win at Torquay in August that he got his Norwich tally up and running.
Another followed at Southend, but it was the long-range strikes at Carrow Road which really caught the eye - and while it's only been two games without a goal, the 24-year-old admits he is hungry for more.
"It's a little bit frustrating right now but I am sure I will get some goals, I am very confident," he said. "The gaffer had a go at me in the first half at West Brom saying I should have shot when I got a pass from Hucks - next time I will.
"But that game is gone now. It's Ipswich we're concentrating on now - and you can put money on me to score."
National newspaper reports claim that Dickson Etuhu is wanted by both Fulham and Sheffield United.
Etuhu is believed to have a £1.5million contract clause that allows him to talk to Premiership clubs, but, if there is to be any movement, it will not be until the summer.