We’re not out of the mess yet – Dublin
Norwich's fit-again frontman Dion Dublin insists his future is on hold until City finally banish any lingering Championship relegation fears. The 37-year-old is totally focused on tonight's Carrow Road test against table-topping Birmingham after stepping up his comeback from recent calf problems with another second half cameo at Cardiff.
Norwich's fit-again frontman Dion Dublin insists his future is on hold until City finally banish any lingering Championship relegation fears.
The 37-year-old is totally focused on tonight's Carrow Road test against table-topping Birmingham after stepping up his comeback from recent calf problems with another second half cameo at Cardiff.
Dublin is out of contract in the summer, but the veteran admitted he plans to wait until the close season to weigh up all options - including prolonging his Carrow Road stay.
“I've a lot of things to think about before I say yes or no,” he said. “I've just enjoyed every minute of my time here - even though that is very much a cliché.
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“I've enjoyed the whole environment, the staff, the fans - they have been great to me.
“I think they want people to sweat and work hard for the cause. They pay their money and it's up to the players to sweat - hopefully they can see I've provided that.
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“Birmingham will be a special game because we need the points. The club is not in a good position. We picked up two away wins and perhaps possibly started to get some false feelings about the league. We're not out of the mess yet and we need to put some points on the board.”
The former England international warns Birmingham's visit heralds a tough Championship run in over the business end of the season.
“There's a lot of points to be had,” he said. “Whether you are playing teams looking to stay up, get into mid-table or reach the play-offs those sides still want to achieve something.
“We have to try and get as close to the play-offs as possible - that might sound silly, but we've still got nine or ten games left.”
The ex-Aston Villa man is desperate to get back on the goal trail after Cardiff stopper Neil Alexander became the latest last line of defence to frustrate City's big striker.
Derby keeper Stephen Bywater clawed away Dublin's late piledriver on his return from a niggling calf injury last week.
“I thought the Derby one was outstanding but the guy at Cardiff matched it,” he said.
“I've come off the bench in the last couple of games and had chances - it was just not meant to be. You have to put yourself in the position to score a goal. I haven't had any luck. Thankfully Chris Martin has hit a purple patch and I know myself as a forward they don't come round that often.
“You need to keep going, keep playing when it is like that until they dry up. The injury was very frustrating because at my age you want to play as much as possible. The calf is now back to where it should be so I will just try to stay fit and be ready for selection.”