Holt wants to be concentrating on new arrival – not play-offs

Grant Holt is desperate to help Norwich City finish the season as soon as possible – so that he can enjoy a special double celebration.

Holt is set to become a father for the third time, with wife Fay due to give birth on May 26 – just four days before the Championship play-off final.

But the Canaries skipper can avoid a frantic end to the campaign if City can win their next two games to wrap up an automatic promotion place.

The issue could even be settled as soon as Monday – if Cardiff lose at home to Middlesbrough and City win at Portsmouth later in the evening. However long it takes, Holt has more reason than most to try and avoid the annual play-off lottery altogether.

'Hopefully these two weeks will get it to bed because she's due on the 26th – it will be very close,' he said.


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'More than anyone I want it done and dusted, but it would be a fantastic achievement and it would give us a chance to relax and hopefully see the baby in peace.'

The Holt-Simeon Jackson partnership is firing on all cylinders – Holt has seven goals in his last 10 games, Jackson a stunning eight in his last six – so City's immediate future could be in their hands.

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Goals would equal peace of mind in the Holt household.

'That's the plan,' said Holt, who has bagged 20 in the league this season. 'We know we are in a position where it is in our hands and I think if anyone had spoken about Norwich being a point clear with two games to go a lot of people would have laughed.

'We are in a position where I think we deserve to be, the way we have played and the way it has worked, and I have said many times it is a joy to go on the pitch with that bunch of players around you and the squad.'

By the time City kick off on Monday, Cardiff's game will have finished, but Holt says it's unlikely City will be following the fortunes of their closest rivals.

'You wouldn't get a phone in our dressing room,' he said. 'If the gaffer catches you it is going to cost you a fortune. We just do what we do best, worry about ourselves. We know we're in a position now where we are a point ahead, and if we win two games we are up.'

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