Fox - Hoolahan will make amends

David Fox has backed Wes Hoolahan to put his Preston penalty disappointment behind him and lead Norwich to three points at Leicester City on Tuesday.

With the score 1-1, Hoolahan's fluffed 72nd minute spot-kick represented the best chance of victory against the Championship's bottom side.

But Fox is confident his team-mate will not let his penalty miss affect him – and that the City squad will be on hand to get behind the Canaries' playmaker.

'He apologised to the boys but we just get on with it,' said Fox. 'There's no one more disappointed than Wes. He's won us points this year, so I'm not going to come out and criticise him.

'I've seen him put one in like that before, so there's no problem from me – he's massive for us, so we need to get him back on it and I'm sure he will come up with a good performance on Tuesday to win us some points.


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'I know a few of the boys will have a word with him and make sure he's right, because we need him between now and the end of the season.'

A similarly disappointing draw from the visit of Doncaster less than a fortnight ago was followed by a comfortable victory at Barnsley, and Fox knows three points at Sven Goran Eriksson's Foxes would repeat the trick following Saturday's dropped points.

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'I'm sure we'd have taken four points from this game and Tuesday, so if we do get a win then we would have done it the wrong way round but I'm sure there is no better place to get a result than at Leicester, because they are the teams we are up there with.

'A few results have gone for us but we can't keep relying on that. We need to sort our own house out and make sure we start picking up three points quickly, because those points on Tuesday would make this a good point.'

However, Fox was not prepared to sweep over City's home draw on Saturday – not ideal for a side aiming to finish in the Championship's top two.

'The boys see it as two points dropped and for what we want to achieve, we can't afford to do that,' admitted Fox.

'We're very disappointed with the point. We need to get this place as a fortress between now and the end of the season, and the last couple of games we haven't done that.

'It's a strange one. The boys love playing here. I do personally, I look forward to the home games more than the away games, so I can't really put my finger on what it is – but it's something we need to sort out and quickly.

'I think teams have come in here to try and stop us playing and we need to come up with ways to compliment the players we have got and we need to find ways to win matches.'

Fox admitted he would be up for taking a City penalty in future – but only should Hoolahan decide to pass on the duties. I was at Blackpool and Wes took them there as well, so I've been behind him for a while,' said Fox.

'I'm not sure what Wes will do about penalties now – I'm sure he'll say whether he wants to stay on them or not. Holty fancies them I think, but I wouldn't mind having a penalty if needed.'

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