Robbie Brady hoping Norwich City can target more Wembley glory

Robbie Brady of Norwich and Jeremain Lens of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League

Robbie Brady of Norwich and Jeremain Lens of Sunderland in action during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City will target more Premier League points against Stoke City tomorrow but summer signing Robbie Brady is in no doubt they can also savour cup success this season ahead of next week's Capital One Cup trip to Rotherham.

Brady was part of the Hull squad who reached the FA Cup final in 2014 and managed to secure their Premier League status, although unfortunately for the speedy wideman he had to observe much of that run from the sidelines due to a groin injury.

The Canaries' savoured a special Wembley occasion in May's Championship play-off final victory over Middlesbrough, when more than 40,000 fans travelled to the national stadium, and the Irishman sees no reason why Alex Neil's crop cannot follow in his former club's footsteps and embark on a cup adventure alongside their league battles – starting with a Capital One Cup second round tie at Rotherham.

'I think it's about getting the balance right,' the 23-year-old said. 'Obviously it's fantastic having a cup run, if you can balance that out as well as having a great season in the league, then happy days. It's a great feeling to go so far in the cup and hopefully we can do the same this year.

'I think you just get into the flow of games, I enjoy it myself and the other lads seem to as well, I don't think we'll be making any excuses if we can go far in both then that would be great.'


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Hull were beaten in the final by Arsenal and finished four points clear of the Canaries in the final relegation spot at the end of that season.

Steve Bruce's side did however lost four and drew one of their five matches in between their Wembley semi-final victory over Sheffield United and returning for the showpiece final to demonstrateg the potential pitfalls of a cup run.

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Hull survived that season but have since swapped divisions with Norwich as Brady made the move to Carrow Road during the summer for a reported £7million fee.

Having started both league matches for Neil's side so far this season, he may be rested against the lower-level Millers, but is aware the Championship battlers are likely to prove an awkward proposition.

'It's a tough place to go, it's going to be a tough game,' Brady said. 'Once we've got this game out of the way (against Stoke on Saturday) then we'll have to get our heads focused on that and try to prepare the best we can to get the win there. But a tough place to go and not an easy draw whatsoever. You can't switch off and think that because they're a level below that they can't hurt you. It's a tough place to go and we'll be switched on and hopefully come away with a win.'

Brady and City team mate Wes Hoolahan face a hectic spell for club and country in the coming weeks with both in Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland provisional squad for next month's Euro 2016 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia.

'These are two very important games in our qualifying campaign and we are looking forward to them,' said O'Neill. 'The players are all now back in action with their respective clubs and will be ready for these games when they come around.'

O'Neill's men currently sit in fourth place in Group D on nine points, two behind Scotland, with only the top three in with a shot at reaching next summer's finals.

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