Third time lucky for Spillane?

Michael Spillane has suffered contrasting emotions in the Norwich City dressing room over the past week - and is hoping for a change of fortune against Sheffield Wednesday this evening.

Michael Spillane has suffered contrasting emotions in the Norwich City dressing room over the past week - and is hoping for a change of fortune against Sheffield Wednesday this evening.

Spillane has just six league starts to his name - and two, including his City debut, have come against the Owls.

On both occasions Spillane has ended up on the losing side, and is keen to make it third time lucky - especially after the ups and downs of the past seven days.

"I have played against them a couple of times now and lost both times so it has not been good so far - hopefully we will make up for it on Saturday," he said.


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Spillane has been busy this week, although he was in the unenviable position of coming on as a sub at Wolves last weekend - with City already two goals and two players down, after the dismissals of Julien Brellier and Jason Shackell.

Three days later and, despite finishing on the losing side against Manchester City, Spillane was enjoying very different emotions after a superb performance in the middle of the field.

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"It was good," he said. "It was the first game I have started this season and it was good to get back into it. It was a good game after our performance on Saturday - I think we did all right and passed the ball well. I was happy, I thought I did all right, I kept the ball well and kept it simple really - that's what I was asked to do.

"Sometimes we are not doing the simple things well. Saturday was probably our worst performance of the season and that was the main thing he (manager Peter Grant) was saying - that we didn't do it simple and we didn't get enough passes put together and that's what we were concentrating on on Tuesday night."

Spillane says City were "gutted" after both the Wolves and Manchester City matches - for very different reasons.

"In the changing room at Wolves afterwards everyone was absolutely gutted and no one wants to go through that feeling time after time," he said. "Obviously it happens in football, but you don't want to be doing it too often and everyone wants to make that right. You just wouldn't want to be there."

In Manchester it was very different.

"There was a sense of relief - everyone knew that we played well, and obviously we were unlucky," he said. "We were still gutted at the same time - in the last minute no-one wants to lose like that, but overall we were pleased because we improved from Saturday."

The big question now is whether Spillane will feature again this afternoon as City attempt to arrest a slide which has seen them slump to 20th in the table after four defeats in their last five league games.

If so, then Spillane may be required to move back to the central defensive position, although the Republic of Ireland Under-19s skipper is happy enough as long as he is getting a game.

"I don't mind, I can play centre-half or centre mid, anywhere really," he said. "If he wants to put me there I am more than happy to go there."

Spillane has had to be patient while he awaits his chance, but says he feels he is ready for the rigours of first team football after earning his spurs for City's youth and reserve sides.

"I personally feel I am ready and feel I have been ready for a little while," he said. "It is just up to the manager and coaches if they put me in. It can get frustrating, but you just have to keep your head down and train well and hopefully you get your chance again.

"It is really hard - the same for me last season. Last season was frustrating for me as well - I just wanted to be playing and when you are playing for the reserves every week it gets frustrating, but you have to keep working hard. You can't just give up otherwise you end up rotting away and that is something I don't want to be doing."

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