We must take this chance – Marshall
CHRIS LAKEY Canaries stopper David Marshall says nothing will be taken for granted when City attempt to get their Christmas programme up and running with a much-needed win at Scunthorpe this afternoon.
Canaries stopper David Marshall says nothing will be taken for granted when City attempt to get their Christmas programme up and running with a much-needed win at Scunthorpe this afternoon.
The revival inspired by new manager Glenn Roeder has seen City win three of their last five games to climb out of the bottom three for the first time since October 2 - when Scunthorpe held City to a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.
But while City have gradually turned their rotten season around, Scunthorpe's has been on the wane. In 13 games since visiting Norfolk they have won just once and, this afternoon, sit just one point and two places above the Canaries.
The Iron haven't won in front of their own fans for three months but Marshall insists City will not take their opponents lightly.
"It is an opportunity, but we are not taking it for granted," he said. "We have done well, we have won four of the last six games and we are on a good run, we know that, but at the same time we will respect Scunthorpe.
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"They came to our place earlier in the season and drew - if we can just get a win from this game it might give us some breathing space.
"It was very quiet for me that night - it was very frustrating that we couldn't nick a goal. The same again for me would be great and I'm sure we can nick a goal this time."
Norwich have won just once in 11 away games this season and Marshall says City won't be content with just a point at Glanford Park.
"If you win all your home games you are out of trouble," he said. "There would be no point in having away games if you weren't trying to win. I think we are looking to win, Scunthorpe are looking to win, but we are fully confident that we can win, especially because we have played them before - it is a winnable game.
"I am expecting to win, and while it is not going to be easy, with the confidence we have shown we can get the win.
"We have had Colchester and this is another relegation game and then we have two home games after that which we are looking to win. We just take each game as it comes - there are four games between now and January 1 and we can get ourselves back up the league."
City will have to cut out the defensive errors which cost them a goal at Colchester - and prompted Marshall to launch a barrage at the guilty party, defender Mo Camara.
"I'm not usually like that - it just happens," said Marshall. "It's the heat of the game - Mo doesn't have a problem with that and I wouldn't have a problem taking it back off him.
"It's disappointing - it was a game we were looking to win. We didn't play too well - we went behind and maybe earlier in the season we wouldn't have got a draw so I think we did well."