Huckerby has score to settle at Leeds

Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby is convinced the Canaries will turn in another positive display at Elland Road when the new Coca-Cola Championship campaign gets under way on Saturday.

Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby is convinced the Canaries will turn in another positive display at Elland Road when the new Coca-Cola Championship campaign gets under way on Saturday.

The Canaries produced arguably their best away performance of 2005-6 campaign against Leeds last March, overcoming an early deficit to lead 2-1 before a last-minute free-kick from American international Eddie Lewis pegged them back.

Huckerby feels his side should have won that day - and reckons they will have a good chance of putting the record straight on Saturday afternoon if they can take their encouraging pre-season form into the competitive environment.

“I thought we deserved to win that game and we would have if it hadn't been for the last minute equaliser,” he told the City's official website www.canaries.co.uk.


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“But we can take that performance with us. It's a whole new season though, and they will have some different players to last time, but we think we can do well there.

“It's a good game for us. It would have been nice to have had a home game, but it doesn't always work out that way.

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“We want to get off to a good start. I think you have always got to be up for the first game of the season and we have definitely prepared for it right. Pre-season has gone fairly well and we feel that if we can keep a lot of people fit we could have a good year.

“We feel we have prepared right and now it's a case of it being all down to us.”

Huckerby, who spent just over a year at Elland Road between 1999 and 2000 but was limited to only 11 league starts, has looked sharp in pre-season - along with most of his colleagues - and can't wait for the new season to start.

“I feel good at the moment," he said. "Youssef Safri is looking good, so is Dickson Etuhu - and like I say it's down to us to prove ourselves now.”

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