It's time to deliver says Canary keeper
CHRIS LAKEY David Marshall believes the Canaries have flushed the Wolves washout from their system - but says there will be no excuses against Sheffield Wednesday.
David Marshall believes the Canaries have flushed the Wolves washout from their system - but says there will be no excuses against Sheffield Wednesday.
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.
But with four defeats in their last five league games, Marshall knows it's time for City to start delivering - beginning with the live Sky TV match against the Championship's bottom side - and building on Tuesday's performance at Manchester City when only a late goal put the Canaries out of the Carling Cup.
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“I think Wolves was very disappointing in terms of performance, and all games have been disappointing in terms of results,” said Marshall. “Before the set of games we were hopeful we could take some points, but we just have to look forward now.
“It was disappointing, 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.”
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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.
“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 on Saturday.”
Marshall could see yet another defensive string in front of him, with Gary Doherty (groin) and Adam Drury (back) 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. It is just circs with injuries and disappointing sendings off that 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, it is just disappointing. 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 because it is a massive game on Saturday.”
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 as well - he has been really good and I think he deserved his chance. I thought he was outstanding, especially in the first half, so hopefully we can take that into the Championship, which is more important for us.”
Marshall believes Spillane has a healthy attitude towards more illustrious opponents, as he proved against Sven-Goran Eriksson's City team on Tuesday.
“I don't think he has too much respect for anybody, as you saw on Tuesday night - he had no respect for Manchester City,” said Marshall. “He just wants to get on the ball, he will tackle anybody - I just thought he played really well and he has given the manager a dilemma for Saturday.
“I think the two boys did well, they passed it well - it was a good performance.”