Ex-Canary won't Cave in to Norwich City
Paddy DavittFormer Norwich City youngster Andrew Cave-Brown insists his former club can expect no favours in next week's potentially promotion-clinching League One trip to Leyton Orient.Paddy Davitt
Former Norwich City youngster Andrew Cave-Brown insists his former club can expect no favours in next week's potentially promotion-clinching League One trip to Leyton Orient.
Cave-Brown and fellow City old boy Ryan Jarvis are prepared to bite the hand that once fed them with Orient also desperate for points to avoid being sucked into the relegation zone.
Paul Lambert's squad have an outside chance of sealing their return to the Championship as early as next Tuesday's trip to East London if they beat MK Dons this weekend and the chasing pack falter.
Cave-Brown was part of the Orient side thumped 4-0 on his first Norfolk homecoming in September's corresponding fixture - but the 21-year-old is targeting points not revenge at Brisbane Road.
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'Playing Norwich is always something different because that is where I came through and learned the game,' he said. 'But to be honest, I'm not making a massive thing out of it. The focus is on my team, not who we are playing.
'Obviously if we were to get a win over Norwich that would mean a lot to me on a personal note but it would be more about the team. I've just got to be professional and the bottom line is we need the points in every game now - not just Norwich, because we haven't been on a great run.'
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Cave-Brown is convinced it is a question of when, not if, his previous employers clinch an instant Championship return.
'The table doesn't lie and I know the way Norwich like to play from being there for a number of years and this season they have done that, definitely,' said the defender, who was one of nine players released in an end-of season cull by Glenn Roeder after the 2007-08 season.
'Carrow Road is a nice stadium, a lovely pitch and really there are some pitches in this league where it is difficult to play. From speaking to one or two of the lads I know that is very much the case and they want to play it in the right way and they've got the rewards.
'I spoke to Mickey Spillane the other day and he was telling me how he has been out for a while through injury but that is pretty much in terms of the players who were there with me. He is the only one my age who has come through and is still there. The likes of Korey (Smith) are a little bit younger. Coming down from the Championship they were always going to be one of the favourites to go straight back up and although they had a difficult start they turned it around and have come back really well.'
Cave-Brown believes Tranmere's televised Good Friday win over the Canaries proves the table-toppers are vulnerable.
'Norwich have a great team but in this league on any given day any team can be beaten,' he said. 'When we went up to Norwich earlier in the season they probably were the best team but we had stuck in until we got a man sent off and that changed the game. 'We've got seven games left and within that we have some big teams like Norwich, Colchester and Millwall but we are certainly not going into those games thinking we have to write those off. We feel we can get something and we will look to win every game until now and the end of the season and that is what you have to try to do.'
Cave-Brown is closing in on 30 Football League appearances and believes his Carrow Road exit helped kick-start his career in the professional ranks.
'At Norwich my chances were limited and I had a bit of bad luck with a few injuries,' he said. 'Really for my career it was best all round to try to move away and get some regular football. Hopefully I have done that these last two seasons and maybe at Orient I have had more of a chance than I would have done at Norwich, which has obviously benefited me.
'I wish Norwich all the best and it will be great to see the lads and see them get promotion but we have to concentrate on ourselves in that game. There can't be any favours because we need the points ourselves.'