Norwich City’s home struggles remind Steven Whittaker of Rangers stint

Steven Whittaker sees plenty of similarities between Norwich City's Carrow Road struggles and his ti

Steven Whittaker sees plenty of similarities between Norwich City's Carrow Road struggles and his time at Rangers. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's home frustrations are nothing new to Scottish international Steven Whittaker.

The Canaries' 1-1 Championship stalemate against Leeds on Tuesday extended a winless run in front of City's own fans to five league matches.

Norwich have not picked up three points at Carrow Road since beating Blackburn back in mid-August, despite a series of dominant displays that carry parallels with Whittaker's time at his previous club Rangers.

Whittaker was part of a successful era at the Glasgow giants which included winning three domestic league and cup doubles and reaching the Uefa Cup final, but the full-back insists they faced similar problems against opponents at Ibrox.

'We had that most home games at Rangers, definitely, so I have come across it a lot and there are plenty of similarities with the matches at Carrow Road this season,' he said. 'You are the dominant force in the game and you are the team who will have most of the possession and territory so it is about being patient, being professional and hoping that in the end your quality will take over.

'I think we are just lacking that bit of luck. Our time will come and we will start winning games again. The boys are a little frustrated. It's a run where we are playing quite well without picking up the results. It is something we have looked at and want to put it right and we know we have to put the results on the table as well.'

Whittaker is adamant Neil Adams has plenty of firepower at his disposal, with fit-again Gary Hooper now back in the fold alongside the likes of regular starters Lewis Grabban and Cameron Jerome.

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'We have good strength in depth in the top areas of the pitch,' he said. 'Gary is definitely one who will get goals but that is up to the manager how he sees the game and the way he wants to go about things. I'm sure if and when Gary comes in he will do a good job.

'I think we are still getting into good areas but we are lacking that final pass and that final execution to get the goals. I would be more worried if we were not creating the chances we are at the minute. I think if the plan was to attack and we were not creating chances then that is a concern. We are playing well so that is frustrating and I am sure over the course of the season the points will tally up.'

Whittaker would expect to be part of Adams' plans for this weekend's Championship trip to Sheffield Wednesday, where he could face his Scottish international team mate Stevie May who has scored four goals since a summer move south.

'I didn't play against him up in Scotland but he was in the last national squad and he impressed me,' said Whittaker. 'I didn't know quite what to expect because he had scored a lot of goals in Scotland but he was lively and someone I am sure we will have to be wary of come Saturday.

'We have done well by and large on the road. Obviously Fulham was a little blip but all in all our away record has been good and we have played well. I have never played there before. There are quite a lot teams who were in the Premier League in the past and for me coming down to play in England it is another new ground. I am looking forward to it.'