Norwich City skipper Holt backs strike partner Wilbraham

Norwich City skipper Grant Holt has backed strike partner Aaron Wilbraham to hit the goal trail over the Championship run-in after another frustrating outing last night against Doncaster.

Holt notched his 15th of the campaign with a clinical first-half finish from an exquisite cross from Adam Drury, whose late own goal then handed injury-plagued Rovers a surprise 1-1 draw.

Doncaster's veteran goalkeeper, Neil Sullivan, denied Wilbraham a first City goal in his 11th senior outing when he kept out a point- blank second-half header – but Holt insists the former MK Dons man will come good.

'I feel so sorry for him,' he said. 'He is working hard, got a good header in and Sullivan just stood there and it hit him. But he will keep going, keep working hard. He'll get stuck in and once he does get one, I'm sure they'll start raining in for him.

'For me, it's always nice to score, but it's about the points. The goal would've been even sweeter with the win. Things were a little slow at the start of the season but people are starting to see the best of us again. We talked before the game about working on the diagonals – getting the ball in and early – because they had a bit of a makeshift back four and with Aaron playing he is a good outlet as well to do that and it was fantastic ball across.'


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Sections of the home support voiced their displeasure at the end after a lacklustre display from Paul Lambert's side – which is in itself recognition for Holt of the club's rapid rise.

He said: 'It says a lot from where we have come. People have to look back at where this club has been before the manager got here. The season prior to that they were relegated and fighting at the bottom of the league. It shows the standards we have set.

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'We are a good unit and sometimes I think people forget how far we have come in the last 18 months. If some fans want to boo when we are passing the ball around at the back trying to move the opposition about that is a little disappointing. They might go away and grumble about a point, but I'm sure they would have taken that result 18 months ago.'

City remain firmly in the promotion picture after another unpredictable night of Championship action.

Holt added: 'It is one of those leagues. Preston have played two tough games and come away with two points this week. Leicester have been beaten as well, so that is an extra cushion for us.

'We're in a fantastic position. If someone had offered us the play-off positions with 13 games left, everyone in Norfolk I'm sure would have taken that. It's up to us to stay there.

'It is a little disappointing that we didn't see the game out but it's one of those things.

'Credit to Donny. We'll take a point. It's another one gained and let's see where it takes us at the end of the season. '

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