Norwich City will not ease off – Wilbraham

They've shipped nine goals in the last two games – six of those against Ipswich Town – and lost four on the spin, but striker Aaron Wilbraham says City won't fall into the trap of taking Doncaster Rovers lightly.

While some strikers would be licking their lips at the prospect of getting at struggling opponents, Wilbraham knows the pitfalls are many.

'They have lost a couple of games, but when that happens to a team – I think they've conceded nine goals in two games – they often come out fighting, trying to put that right, so we are not just going to assume we are going to win the game because of their two previous results,' he said.

'Obviously we take it as seriously as any other game and try and get the right result for us.'

However, don't mistake the caution for lack of confidence.


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'You go into every game with that attitude. You have got to be confident in every game – if you play against top of the league you still have to think you are going to score,' said Wilbraham. 'Yes, if selected, I will go into the game confident.'

Wilbraham has yet to hit the back of the net after nine appearances – three of them starts – since his transfer window move from MK Dons last month, but his performance at Leeds on Saturday illustrated just why manager Paul Lambert brought him to Carrow Road.

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'It was a good battle and I think it was a good game for the supporters and I think we went there and got a good result – shame we didn't nick it in the end,' said the 31-year-old.

'I am up there as a target man for the team, to get us up the pitch and try and get the team a bit of respite really. When we are under pressure and away from home we are going to get that from the home team pushing on and trying to score.

'I thought second half I did well and got hold of the ball for the team, so that's what I am there for – to get the boys up the pitch and draw free-kicks and just bring people into play and set up people.

'That's what the gaffer said to me when I first signed, that's what he wanted me to do for the team. He didn't want me to do anything out of the ordinary, don't change my game because I'd moved clubs and that's what I've been trying to do.'

'You have to take the knocks and bruises as a target man, that's what I'm there for really. It's for other people to go and get the glory.'

It was a comment accompanied with a smile, but there's no doubt the missing goal would be most welcome.

'I think when I came on against Reading I could have scored three in the first five minutes I was on,' he said. 'Obviously I always try and get in there and score chances and that's what I do want to do. I'm not just about setting up goals for other people, I do want to score as well, but I am sure the goals will come.'

Opportunity knocked on Saturday because of Chris Martin's injury – and Wilbraham is hoping he gets the nod again tonight.

'I got my chance on Saturday and I thought I did okay and I just want to continue playing really,' he said.

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