Leon Barnett ready to take the bounce out of West Bromwich Albion
Leon Barnett believes it is time for City to add points to their encouraging Premier League performances – starting against his old club on Sunday (1.30pm).
The centre-back spent three years at West Bromwich Albion following a �2.5m move from Luton Town before falling down the pecking order at The Hawthorns – eventually leading to his loan, and then permanent switch to Carrow Road last season.
Now City and the Baggies meet in the Premier League in front of the Sky television cameras without a win between them, something Barnett wants the Canaries to put right sooner rather than later. And should Norwich continue to build on the steadily improving performances from their opening three league matches, there will be every chance.
'We've got to keep the momentum going,' said Barnett. 'We can take the positives put of the Chelsea game and try to bring them into the game on Sunday – I think we've done well and I think the performances are there, but just the points are needed.
'If people have seen the performances, they would think we were going to stay in the league. But it's not about performances really. We just need to get that first win and the sooner we do the better really.'
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There has been little to choose between the records of West Brom and Norwich to date: both have suffered unlucky defeats at Chelsea, while Stoke left Carrow Road with a point and The Hawthorns with a rather fortunate three.
Barnett admits he is looking forward to an Albion reunion – but believes the fact West Brom are still pointless from their three games will count for little.
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'I think it's going to be a good game – both teams are searching for points and it's going to be a good passing game,' said Barnett.
'They are good at what they do but we're at home and we want those points as much as they do.
'We just concentrate on our game, so as long as we play well and get the points that we want at the final whistle, that's all that matters to us.'
And the fact it is his former club turning up at Carrow Road next?
'I am looking forward to it just as much as everybody else is,' he said.
'It will be a very exciting day for me but as a team I just want us to get a win. I have no regrets – I thought I did my time there and I tried my best.
'Obviously at the back end of the contract it didn't really work out and I was fortunate to come here, and now I have a chance to play against my old club, which is going to be very nice.
'At that age I just wanted to play as many games that I did and for me I hit the target that I wanted to. But probably the last few seasons I didn't really get to where I wanted to be.
'I think I did well there and hopefully the fans appreciate that and we will see what happens on Sunday.'
So a good or bad reception?: 'I don't know; I'll just have to leave it up to them. I can't really see anything bad about it, but we'll see.'
With first choice goalkeeper John Ruddy serving his one-match suspension from his dismissal at Chelsea, 20-year-old Academy product Declan Rudd is set to be between the sticks against the Baggies – which would be his Premier League debut and only his fifth first-team start.
But Barnett does not expect that to put any greater responsibility on the shoulders of the Coty back four.
'Whoever is playing, I don't think there are going to be any added extras – Declan will do just fine, he's a big lad and he can handle the pressure,' said Barnett.
'He's been with England Under-21s and I'm sure he will be able to handle it. Definitely it will be a fantastic day for him, especially at his age. It is something to look forward to, playing against the big boys.
'For him I think he's just got to look forward to it, and obviously it's a massive learning curve for him, so he can just take as many positives as he can out of the game.'