City skipper Holt targets Leeds upset

Paddy DavittNorwich skipper Grant Holt is urging the Canaries to pile fresh misery on long time League One pacesetters Leeds this weekend.Holt's men will go top for the first time this season with a club record equalling home win over Brentford following Leeds' recent blip that has seen Simon Grayson's side take only one point from a possible six.Paddy Davitt

Norwich City skipper Grant Holt is urging the Canaries to pile fresh misery on long-time League One pacesetters Leeds this weekend.

Holt's men would go top for the first time this season with a club record equalling 10th successive home win over Brentford, following Leeds' recent blip that has seen Simon Grayson's side take only one point from a possible six.

After drawing 1-1 at home to lowly Wycombe, and losing 2-0 at Exeter, the Elland Road outfit then lost 2-1 in the home leg of their Johnstone's Paint area final to Holt's hometown club Carlisle. Now City's 23-goal top gun wants Paul Lambert's squad to go for the jugular, with Leeds on FA Cup duty, as the title race boils to a climax over the final few months.

"We're on a good run and we just want to keep it going and hopefully take advantage of the chance to go top on Saturday," he said. "We have two home games coming up so it would be great to take some points from them and maintain the pressure on Leeds. Morale is great and we also have a new club record in our sights - and that shows what kind of form we are in.

"The important thing is that we just worry about ourselves and not take any notice of how other teams are doing, which is what we've done all season. Now we're out of the cup competitions we are just focusing on the league."

Holt, however, is predicting a strong Leeds revival once the Lilywhites resume league hostilities after this weekend's glamour FA Cup tie at Spurs.

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"They have a talented team and a strong squad and they won't give too many points away," he said. "Their cup games and number of rearranged midweek games will take their toll, which is inevitable. There will always be a point where there is a dip in their form.

"Our aim this season is to be promoted. It's not about beating Leeds for the title, it's about getting away from Charlton and Colchester. Nothing is clear cut and, with about 20 games still to go, there is a lot to play.

"There are some good teams up there like Charlton, Colchester, MK Dons and I think Swindon could be the dark horses. I think the title race will go right to the wire. In the last six weeks of the season, we have got Charlton, MK Dons and Bristol Rovers so it is going to be a tough run-in."

Holt is well on course to emulate last season's golden boot exploits at League Two Shrewsbury despite stiff competition from the likes of Southampton's Rickie Lambert and Leeds' highly-rated Jermaine Beckford.

"It's going really well and the goals have been flying in," he said. "I've 23 goals and things have gone better than I thought they would. If you are playing in a good team it is a lot easier. It's been a great move for me to a great club. There is a lot of potential and they have tremendous support every week."