Former City youngster Andrew Cave-Brown has admitted that he has a point to prove as he prepares to return to Carrow Road tonight as a Leyton Orient player.
The Kent-born right-back, who was a product of the Canary Academy, never really made an impression in Norfolk and after a loan spell at King’s Lynn, he was released in 2008.
But the former Scotland Under-20 international now finds himself at the same level as City after being snapped up straight away by the O’s.
And he’ll be going all out to prove they were wrong to let him go…
“I’m looking forward to going back and playing at Norwich,” Cave-Brown told Orient’s official website.
“I didn’t get much of an opportunity there, so maybe there is a little point to prove. But it’s not about myself – the main thing is that the team’s got to go there, put in a performance and get the three points.”
Tonight’s opponents have had a difficult start to the League One campaign, but they will be heading east in more confident mood having picked up their first home win at the weekend.
The east London club went into Saturday’s encounter having not won in seven league matches, but a 1-0 success over rivals Milwall will have certainly boosted morale.
“Saturday’s result was a big boost for us, but I don’t think the confidence had gone from us in any case,” Cave-Brown continued.
“We always knew what we could do but we haven’t had the rub of the green this season. We gave away late goals in two home games in a row we were winning, and if we’d held on we’d be a lot higher in the league.
“On Saturday we added the toughness to our game and showed that we can be hard to beat. We’ve got to do that again on Tuesday and we’re looking to build on Saturday’s result.”
Cave-Brown made his first start of the season in Saturday’s win over the Lions, and having got his chance following an injury to captain Stephen Purches, he is not about to give it up without a fight.
“Keeping a clean sheet on Saturday was pleasing. It was a real team effort and a fantastic, solid performance from front to back. I’ll always do the best I can when I step in and I got my chance because of Purch’s injury.
“It wasn’t good for him, but it’s great to get my chance and I’ll do my bit for the team for as long as I can.”
Meanwhile, O’s boss and former Ipswich stalwart Geraint Williams is hoping that their derby day success can finally kickstart their season.
“Of course it’s good (to get the monkey off our backs). The longer it goes on, whether it be any bad run, you want to get it over with as quick as possible,” he said.
“We’ve come close the last two home games and we felt we’ve left points out on our pitch. But we defended very well as a team, that’s massive for the defenders and the goalkeeper.
“We’ve gone so many games without a clean sheet and goalies take it personally, which is only right and fair.
“But on Saturday, we got a clean sheet and all three points and we’re delighted. Now we’ve got to build on it, not just be satisfied with this.”