Grant calls for more of the same
Peter Grant has consigned the morale-boosting midweek performance at Manchester City to the history books. The Canaries went down to an 89th-minute goal at the City of Manchester Stadium with a performance that left even Sven-Goran Eriksson wondering at Norwich's lowly Championship position.
David Marshall believes the Canaries have flushed the Wolves wash-out from their system - but says there will be no excuses if they fail to get a result against Sheffield Wednesday this evening.
The Canaries goalkeeper was beaten twice at Molineux last weekend, but only the hosts' wastefulness in front of goal and some half-decent defending kept the scoreline down to 2-0.
With four defeats in their last five league games, Marshall knows it's time for City to start delivering - beginning with this evening's live Sky TV match against the Championship's bottom side - and building on Tuesday's performance at Manchester City.
"I think Wolves was very disappointing in terms of performance," said Marshall. "But I think Tuesday's game was good because it came so quickly after it to get it out and the boys played quite well. We just have to forget about it, there is no point dwelling on it - you can't change it so we just get on with it."
Wednesday are four places and four points below City - their first win coming at home to Hull last weekend, and Marshall says the meeting between the two strugglers is "massive".
"It is massive, I would say, obviously with a few boys injured, but I don't think there are any excuses. We are playing at home -Sheffield Wednesday got their first win at the weekend and they will be confident coming here. The next three matches are massive, but we just have to concentrate on Saturday first.
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"It is fairly early, it's only seven league games gone, so it's a massive two at home, and it looks like a winnable game at QPR so we just have to go from there and take each game as it comes.
"It has been three tough away games and disappointing results, so hopefully we'll get back to winning ways at home."
Marshall could see yet another defensive string in front of him, with Gary Doherty and Adam Drury struggling with injuries and Dion Dublin and Jason Shackell suspended. It's not ideal, but Marshall is philosophical.
"Yes it is difficult - obviously everybody would like a settled team. When I was here last season that was what the gaffer was after. Injuries and disappointing sendings off have changed that, but I think we are good enough to be winning games.
"I think you have just got to get on with it. The injuries you can't do anything about, it is the sendings off and stuff we need to have a look at. They were they were deserved red cards, the boys know that and they are disappointed, but we need everybody on the pitch because obviously we weren't playing well. At least with everybody on the pitch it gives us a chance, but we have to get on with it.
"I'm sure the boys who come in are big enough to get us a win on Saturday.
"But the young boys came in and did well, so whoever has to come in will just have to get the job done."
Marshall was impressed by the performances of Rossi Jarvis and Michael Spillane at the City of Manchester Stadium.
"I thought they were great - I have been really impressed with Spillane ever since I was down in January."