Pattison’s pledge to battlers for survival
Chris Lakey Matty Pattison says it will be business before pleasure on Sunday when the curtain comes down on a turbulent Championship campaign. The Canaries have pride and the possibility of jumping two places to 14th to play for after the threat of relegation was finally extinguished by last week's home win over QPR.
Matty Pattison says it will be business before pleasure on Sunday when the curtain comes down on a turbulent Championship campaign.
The Canaries have pride and the possibility of jumping two places to 14th to play for after the threat of relegation was finally extinguished by last week's home win over QPR.
And that means any thoughts of summer holidays will be put on hold until next week, with Pattison insisting City won't compromise themselves by taking their collective foot off the pedal at Sheffield Wednesday - one of the five teams still in danger.
“We want to finish on a high,” he said. “We want to win every game we play so we will be going there trying our hardest and I think the gaffer will still field the best team.”
Pattison says Southampton, Leicester, Coventry and Blackpool can be assured that City won't relax against one of their relegation rivals.
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“Sometimes it can work in other ways - you can be a lot more relaxed and sometimes it can work better,” he said. “But I don't think any of the lads will take it lightly and be thinking the season is over. There is one more game left and once Sunday is over then we can all relax and then have fun.
“It wouldn't be fair to them if we went out and did half a job, it would be disrespectful, so we will definitely make sure we play our hardest.”
City will be cheered on by more than 3,000 fans, and Pattison said they played a big part in keeping their team in the Championship last weekend.
“Everyone was buzzing,” he said. “We knew how big a game it was and to come out and see all the fans before the game it was unbelievable so to get the result and the way we did it was good.
“It was unbelievable, especially at the beginning when they were doing all the presentations. When we came out just before the start of the game the noise was deafening and to hear that spurs you on.
“It shows you how committed the fans are to the team and want to see the team win. Everyone is buzzing about Saturday and I'm happy, very happy.
“We should have put it to bed weeks before we did. I think we played well enough, but we didn't get that luck - a lot of the performances deserved more than they got. I think we should definitely have been safe a lot sooner than Saturday, but doing it at home was a good thing.”
Pattison remains the only player signed on a permanent basis by manager Glenn Roeder, who turned a loan move from his former club Newcastle into a deal costing up to £500,000 in January.
The 21-year-old, born in South Africa, has 21 City starts under his belt, including the last 10 games, and, despite a highly-publicised drink-drive conviction, says he is enjoying life in Norfolk, having failed to hold down a place at St James' Park.
“I have loved it since I have been here,” he said. “It is all a new experience for me playing in the Championship, playing week in, week out, so I have been really happy and I hope I play more next season as well. If you play regularly you feel a lot fitter and a lot stronger.”