Former Norwich City hero praises his unlikely scorers

Barnsley boss Mark Robins is hoping his strikers can follow the example of his defenders as they bid for their first victory over Norwich City for more than a decade.

All three goals in Tuesday's thrilling 3-3 draw at Leeds were scored by defenders with skipper Jason Shackell, the former City captain, giving his side an early lead with his third of the season before Matt Hill and Kieran Trippier also found the net.

England Under-21 defender Trippier, on loan from Manchester City but playing on the right side of midfield for the Tykes, scored the last goal of the night with a curling free-kick eight minutes from time.

Barnsley's shot-shy strikers have found goals hard to come by with Andy Gray and Garry O'Connor on just four each, though former Ipswich forward Danny Haynes has scored three times in eight appearances since his move from Bristol City.

Former City striker Robins was pleased with his side's performance at Leeds, three days after the Canaries also took a point home from Elland Road from a 2-2 draw.


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He said: 'Both sides committed and gave the supporters everything, gave us everything and ran their socks off and I thought there was a decent bit of quality to the game as well as some decent goals.

'I was pleased with the spirit, I was pleased with effort and if I can teach my strikers to score goals like my defenders can, then we'll be OK.'

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Barnsley have not beaten Norwich, home or away, for more than 10 years – their last success was a 1-0 victory at Oakwell on the opening day of the 2000-01 season. In 10 meetings since then, the Canaries have won eight and there have been two goalless draws. Their last four visits to Oakwell have brought three wins and a draw.

Barnsley will be forced into at least one change on Saturday with midfielder Nathan Doyle sidelined by a calf injury.

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