Norwich City’s walking wounded in contention for Fulham finale
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Alex Tettey and Steven Whittaker will be back in contention for Fulham's final day Championship visit after missing the Rotherham draw through injury.
Alex Neil made it clear during the build-up City's gruelling recent run had taken its toll and the City manager opted not to risk Whittaker (hamstring) and Tettey (knee).
Scottish international Whittaker had featured in the last 17 games but Russell Martn was switched to right-back in his absence.
'Steven had a tight hamstring. We tried him on Friday but he wasn't quite ready for it,' said Neil. 'Alex has found it really, really tough with three games in six days and wasn't quite ready as well. I think both will have an opportunity to be ready for Fulham.'
Neil had previously labelled Norwegian international Tettey as 'one-of-a-kind' in his squad but the combative midfielder has managed a knee condition for the majority of the season.
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The 28-year-old's unfortunate early own goal cost City against Middlesbrough but there was no repeat of such ,a sluggish start at the New York stadium.
'We always want to start well and get up and quickly into the game but, particularly after the Boro game, when it cost us, it was something we discussed,' said Neil. 'I wanted to make sure we took the game to them from the off. The Boro game was unlike us. Perhaps there is only two occasions I can recollect, which is Wigan and Middlesbrough, when we have done that.
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'I have been in professional football since I was 16. I was desperate every game I played to be the best on the pitch but there were some occasions when I came off and had been rotten and it wasn't for the lack of effort, you are just missing that wee spark. It is hard to understand as a collective why quite a few just didn't switch on (in those games). I never came off thinking the manager made me play well, when I played well it was because of me but what tends to happen when you come off and you haven't played well then it is always somebody else's fault.'