Huckerby happy to nurture City talent

Norwich flyer Darren Huckerby is happy to mentor the Canaries' freshest attacking talent.Huckerby's razor sharp finish opened the first half floodgates at Barnsley before serving up another pinpoint assist for Chris Martin's fourth senior strike of his blossoming career.

Norwich flyer Darren Huckerby is happy to mentor the Canaries' freshest attacking talent.

Huckerby's razor sharp finish opened the first half floodgates at Barnsley before serving up another pinpoint assist for Chris Martin's fourth senior strike of his blossoming career.

The 30-year-old also watched old Man City pal Lee Croft cash in with his first goal since registering in September's 5-1 Carrow Road romp against the Tykes.

Huckerby admitted it was a perfect day for the next generation.


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“Crofty is a good player learning the game - just like Chris Martin,” said Huckerby. “Any help we can give those boys along the way is good. You have plenty of ups and downs in your career and my advice would be to roll with it. Don't get too happy or too sad.

“Chris is a very, very confident lad. He believes in his own ability and that is a great attribute to have for someone so young. He can score goals and has everything you need to be a top player. It's about keeping your feet on the floor and learning there's ups and downs in football. You never know what is around the corner so while your playing well enjoy it.

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“Crofty has been a bit unlucky not to have scored before he did. Maybe at times he has been a little sloppy in front of goal but it was a very natural finish and that will give him confidence.”

Huckerby's sublime tenth goal of this campaign maintained his own New Year purple patch.

“Goals come and go but I was more happy with the assist,” he said. “It's another for Chris and that keeps everyone ticking over. The belief has always been there but when you are conceding early goals it is hard to fight back every week. It was nice to go ahead for a change and then show what we could do. I was very pleased with the attacking football we played.”

The jet heeled wideman ranked City's Oakwell power play among one of the better away shifts of recent times.

“It was up there with anything we've done away this season,” he said. “Especially first half. We created a lot of chances and the goals came from different sources. The only disappointment was when they scored. It knocked us a little but I felt we defended well after the break and deserved the win.

“We had to soak up a lot of pressure so it was about being solid and disciplined. We've been playing well the last couple of months. There's games we should have got points - hopefully the goals will start to flow now and we can string more results together.”

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