Norwich City’s Steven Whittaker demands no let up against the Owls
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Norwich City's Scottish international defender Steven Whittaker insists the Canaries must be ruthless against Sheffield Wednesday on Easter Monday to maintain their Championship promotion charge.
Whittaker triggered the move that earned a hard-fought 1-0 Good Friday win at Brighton to keep Alex Neil's squad firmly in the title hunt and battle for the Premier League.
The Canaries moved upto third place after the latest round of league games, two points behind leaders Middlesbrough and a point behind Bournemouth who occupy the final automatic promotion spot ahead of the last six games.
The Scot, however, is taking nothing for granted against the mid-table Owls at Carrow Road following a goalless stalemate in the reverse league fixture at Hillsborough.
'Every game is massive as we're trying to get as many points as we can,' he said. 'People will be expecting us to take the points although it's easier said than done.
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'We've slipped up at home a few times this season, and don't want it to happen again. You never know what's going to happen on the day but we believe we can get the three points.
'A few of the teams at the top have got to play each other, while we've got to face Middlesbrough. The manager is stressing the need to concentrate on ourselves, and to pick up the points ourselves first and foremost.'
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Whittaker, speaking to the club's official site, was part of a defensive unit that earned another priceless clean sheet against Chris Hughton's side on Good Friday.
'It was a good start after the international break against Brighton and now we're looking forward to Monday. We had to dig in, but getting the clean sheet and a positive result was good,' he said. 'I managed to feed a little pass down the side to Nathan (Redmond), and we all know what he's capable of. He showed that when he managed to skip past his man and find Bradley Johnson in the box, then he had the composure to put it in the net.
'The back five has been pretty steady for a while, and we're not conceding as many as we were earlier in the season. I think that consistency has shown in the performances.'