Norwich City midfielder Fox ready for some flak

Norwich City midfielder David Fox admits there is potential for family friction in today's Premier League home opener against Stoke at Carrow Road. (1:30pm)

Fox's father, Peter, is the Potters' record appearance holder for a goalkeeper and the City playmaker revealed much of his early childhood memories revolve around this afternoon's opponents.

'My Dad was there for about 15 years,' he said. 'I grew up a Stoke fan at the ground until I was about ten. A lot of my early memories are of being at Stoke games. I'm sure it will upset my Dad and a few of my mates who will be in the away end. They have already told me where they are sitting and if I am on a corner near the away fans they will give me a bit of grief. Some of them are down for the weekend so it will be nice to see them.

'Stoke are a top team. They have a settled way of playing that suits them and which they enjoy doing. It will be a very tough game for us. Chelsea didn't really break them down, they didn't really create much to be honest and they are top team. We'll have to be on our game to get the three points.'

Fox is looking forward to home comforts in front of an expected 27,000 sell out Carrow Road crowd.


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'We can only ask that they stick with us because there will be times I am sure when we'll be under the cosh (this season),' he said. 'We're not expected to steam roller teams like we did last year. Home form is going to be vital and we need to do well to stay in the league. The fans make a massive difference and a lot of the late goals we scored last season were down to them. Personally, I am looking forward to going back and playing at Carrow Road again, it'll be sold out again every week, and I am sure on Sunday it will be rocking.'

The 27-year-old expects Paul Lambert's side to build on a solid opening day point at Wigan.

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'I think we did alright to get a point out of it but we can play a lot better than that,' he said. 'To go away from home in the Premier League and get a point, is not a bad start. Every team in this league offers a different challenge and a new way of playing and you have to adapt to different games. I think we have done that pre-season – different formations, different personnel - and I am sure that will be the same for the rest of the season.

'I think it was nice to get that first one out of the way now. We all realise we are here on merit in this company. Hopefully we can give a performance on Sunday that justifies us being in this league. You look at the other promoted clubs and getting beat 4-0 is not ideal. I'm sure at some point during the season we'll be on the end of a result like that and its how you bounce back from that.'

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