Worthy wants more 'mishits'
CHRIS LAKEY Nigel Worthington was in no mood for excuses after Saturday's comeback win over Luton.The Canaries boss looked surprised to hear that his opposite number, Mike Newell, had described Lee Croft's equaliser as a “mishit”.
By CHRIS LAKEY
Nigel Worthington was in no mood for excuses after Saturday's comeback win over Luton.
The Canaries boss looked surprised to hear that his opposite number, Mike Newell, had described Lee Croft's equaliser as a “mishit”.
But surprise soon turned to a response laced with not just a little sarcasm.
“I hope he mishits another 21, it was great mishit,” he said. “He's good at that.”
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Then, warming to the task, he added: We practised that on Friday morning in training where he mishit it and it went into the net, so, yes, a great goal.”
On a more serious note, he added: “I'm delighted for Lee, he has had a big week. As we know he is behind in training, so he has played roughly three 70 minutes, but for his hard work he has got his reward and a goal and helped us get the three points.”
The only blot on Croft's copybook came just before half-time when, after a series of collisions with his marker, Sol Davis, Luton midfielder Richard Langley got involved in a challenge. There was clearly some shirt pulling and holding going on, but, when Croft went down, referee Andy Penn reached for his notebook - and showed the yellow card to the City man.
“I thought that was harsh, to be honest,” said Worthington. “But the referee makes decisions and we all have to live with them.”
Croft's equaliser came 10 minutes after Darren Huckerby had pulled one back after Luton had taken a 2-0 lead and just four minutes before Robert Earnshaw rounded off the comeback with the winner.
Earnshaw's 71st-minute goal came after sub Leon McKenzie had been sent out to warm-up - but Worthington denied he'd been ready to take the Welsh striker off.
“No, it was just to liven them up a bit,” said Worthington. “We just got him warmed up to keep them on their toes. I'm going to do it at one minute past three from now on.”
Earnshaw has now struck 10 tiems in 16 league starts for City and is fast appearing to be a bargain at £3.5m. The second, clinching goal on Tuesday was a cracking volley, while Saturday's was the striker's instinct of being in the right place at the right time, after shots by Huckerby and Etuhu had come back off the woodwork and the keeper respectively.
“Earnie's Earnie,” said Worthington. “He's a goalscorer and whether he scores a magnificent goal like he did on Tuesday night and today's effort, it was focus, concentration to make sure he got it under the bar - he is capable of doing that. That's why he will be a very big player for us and a very big player in this league.”
Another big player as goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, who pulled off a spectacular save in the dying minutes to preserve the scoreline.
“Part of the job is focus, concentration - not always involved in the game a lot but great concentration from him and he's pulled out a big save to make sure we get the three points,” said Worthington.