Grant eyeing memorable league double

Norwich chief Peter Grant insists his men can halt Birmingham's Championship title charge at Carrow Road Tuesday night.

Norwich chief Peter Grant insists his men can halt Birmingham's Championship title charge at Carrow Road Tuesday night.

Grant is eyeing a memorable league double after his managerial stint started with a St Andrews win in October.

“I always respect the opponents but we never worry about them,” he said. “If we produce the performances we're capable of then we're more than a match for anybody. The biggest difference between us and the rest of the sides up there is a lack of consistency. I might sound like a stuck record but that is a fact. We get a good result then a couple of poor ones. The teams who can afford that little bit of extra quality are more consistent - that's why they're top of the league.”

Birmingham's watertight defence has kept four clean sheets on the reel to propel Steve Bruce's side top after an early season Premiership hangover.

“When you consider where they were when we played them it shows how well they have ground out the results,” said Grant. “I said at the time when we beat them I could understand the pressure because we had it at West Ham - you're expected to win every game. The Championship is not like that.

“It shows what can be done if you keep the faith. Steve has got the players believing. He's been in the division before and knew what to expect. They've got that winning mentality. People might say they're only winning games 1-0 and not playing particularly well, but I'd settle for that.”

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The Canaries' boss admits his opposite number has enjoyed tremendous boardroom backing to plot an instant top flight return.

“When the lad Bendtner got injured for a couple of weeks they paid £3m for a replacement,” he said. “It tells you the difference. We lost Robert Earnshaw and what did we replace him with? A guy turned 18. Birmingham just came out of the Premiership and can afford to do it. When Steve Bruce gets injuries he can go out and spend money on quality.”

“Gary McSheffrey might be suspended but they have £8m worth of player available to replace him - the likes of Rowan Vine, DJ Campbell, Cameron Jerome. To have such a mix within the group is why they are where they are.”

Grant reported a rare clean bill of health after Saturday's Cardiff reverse. Striker Chris Brown (hamstring) and young back up keeper Joe Lewis (wrist) remain sidelined.

“Joe suffered the injury during shooting practice,” said Grant. “It's not broken but very painful. We're probably looking at a couple of weeks out so he won't be available until after the international break. Chris just felt a little niggle in the same area and I'm loathe to tempt fate, because it can become a bigger problem. We didn't pic