Scottish signings delight manager
CHRIS LAKEY Scottish pair Simon Lappin and Mark Fotheringham were among a quartet of Peter Grant's January signings on show at Carrow Road at the weekend. Striker Chris Brown and on-loan keeper David Marshall also started - only the injured Luke Chadwick was absent - as Grant finally begins to mould a team of his own.
Scottish pair Simon Lappin and Mark Fotheringham were among a quartet of Peter Grant's January signings on show at Carrow Road at the weekend.
Striker Chris Brown and on-loan keeper David Marshall also started - only the injured Luke Chadwick was absent - as Grant finally begins to mould a team of his own.
All eyes were on the Scots - Lappin was in for suspended Adam Drury while Fotheringham stepped into a midfield without Canada-bound Carl Robinson - and they didn't disappoint, despite having seen little of their new team-mates or the English Championship.
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“I was delighted with them,” said Grant. “I thought they brought a lot of quality to the team. I thought Simon Lappin started the game exceptionally well and had an excellent first half.
“I thought Fozzy got caught up in the midfield being too tight together in the first half, and we played in tight areas, but once the game expanded and he played in an area where there was more space I thought we saw his quality.
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“His first touch was excellent. He can play with good players, he can see a pass and the two boys should be chuffed with themselves. We have to give the squad great credit because they have made them feel very welcome, they have only trained with us on Thursday morning and to push them into that was a big ask, but I thought they both acquitted themselves very well.
City's come-from-behind win left Grant 'ecstatic'.
“I am absolutely delighted,” said Grant. “It is a massive three points us. I thought we thoroughly deserved it, but I thought in the first half we made it so difficult for ourselves.
“We played in small areas o the pitch. You see the likes of Darren Huckerby 50 yards out wide and all it needed was one pass and I thought we could have created chance after chance after chance.
“Just before the goal Gary Doherty went to sleep, we were having so much time on the ball, so much possession and all of a sudden we don't concentrate. We got away with it the first time, but the second time we didn't and that seems to be typical. You're dominating and all of a sudden people get two chances and we seem to be going to pieces. You lose a bad goal and it makes it difficult for us.
“The second half they changed their system to try and box us in, but I thought the boys were very, very brave. They were also naïve. After we went to 1-1, Dion nearly gets caught when him and Gary Doherty end up stepping out like Franz Beckenbauer and all of a sudden one clearance and Kandol is in. That is what we have got to understand, we are here to win games of football, but you have to do that properly.
“There has got to be a concentration level second to none if you are having so much of the ball and so much domination.
“But I am very, very pleased. I thought they showed great bottle in difficult circumstances. Leeds have got good players, but to give them a goal head start and bounce back and win the game - I am ecstatic.”