Lafferty hands Norwich City another reminder

Kyle Lafferty celebrates after scoring Northern Ireland's first goal. Photo: PA

Kyle Lafferty celebrates after scoring Northern Ireland's first goal. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

Kyle Lafferty says he can put a smile back on the faces of Norwich City fans and reignite the club's promotion challenge.

The Canaries have suffered three Championship defeats in a row to slip to fifth in the table. Lafferty scored in the last of those games, a 3-2 home defeat by Leeds, and was on target for Northern Ireland in their 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Azerbaijan on Friday.

And while he has rarely featured under City boss Alex Neil, Lafferty is hoping two goals in two games will give his manager food for thought.

'Hopefully getting the goal for Norwich last week means I might be given more of a chance,' he said.

'Norwich is a team I want to play for and I do want to help them. I haven't given up hope. Alex Neil is a manager I want to play for. I respect him and he's a good young manager.

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'I feel I have bided my time and now after these internationals I'll go back and be given more chances to play first-team football.

'Hopefully he was watching (the Northern Ireland game). If he wasn't then I'm sure he will have heard I've scored. All I can do is score goals when I'm on the pitch – that's my job and I believe I have done that.

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'Hopefully he'll need me and I'll go on to score the goals which can kickstart Norwich and get them up to the Prem again where they belong.'

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