Ready to do battle
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant has issued a brave heart rallying call to his Norwich City players ahead of their FA Cup clash against the millionaires of Chelsea. The City manager's instructions will be simple: force Chelsea on to the back foot - and if the King's Road millionaires make a mistake, punish it.
Peter Grant has issued a brave heart rallying call to his Norwich City players ahead of their FA Cup clash against the millionaires of Chelsea.
The City manager's instructions will be simple: force Chelsea on to the back foot - and if the King's Road millionaires make a mistake, punish it.
“We will try our damnedest,” said the Glaswegian. “We know there are certain wee things we would like to exploit, but to do that you have to have the ball. You have to be brave and that's what we will try to do.
“Come three o'clock on Saturday who knows what will happen? We can all play the game on the blackboard, and you never make mistakes. But we know mistakes are made in football and on Saturday we will have to be ready if mistakes are made at their end of the pitch.”
Grant says City - who will be backed by 6,300 travelling fans at Stamford Bridge - won't be sacrificial lambs and has vowed to come back to Norfolk with pride intact.
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Attack, he says, is the best form of defence.
“We try and do that every game - I haven't got the players who sit behind the ball and hope that we win the game. We haven't got that within our makeup,” he said.
“We have to go there and try and take something to Chelsea and put them on the back foot if we possibly can. At the end of the day that's the only way you can win the game. If you are just going to hold on Chelsea are going to batter you anyway, so you may as well go and try to do something positive and that's what we will try to do.
“The biggest thing you can try and do is make them defend, because we know they are a very good attacking force and score great goals and you have to try and make them defend as much as you possibly can.
“Every game I have tried to play since I was a player to now as a coach and a manager I want to win. You get nothing for draws, you get pats on the back.
“That's why I was fuming after the Wolves game - everybody was saying how brilliant we were but we end up losing the game 1-0. That's no use to me.
“We are here to win games of football and that's why I want people to be positive, trying to win everything they play in.”
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has never lost a domestic game to a team outside the top flight during his two and a half year reign, never been beaten at home in the Premiership and only succumbed three times at Stamford Bridge in cup competitions.
It's clear that chances will be few and far between against a team which has already reached the Carling Cup final, is in the last 16 of the Champions League and chasing a third consecutive Premiership title.
“You don't get many of them, but if you do you have to be ready to take them,” said Grant. “Hopefully we have the players capable of doing that. That is the beauty of football. You get one chance and we have to take our chances against Chelsea.
“It is a fantastic game for us.
“It would be fantastic to go into the next round of the cup, and what a place to try and do it. There haven't been many shocks this year - hopefully we can try and do that.”