“If we win our game in hand on most of the clubs around us, I think we jump to 17th,” said the Tranmere Rovers boss Les Parry. “Looking back at the Brighton game the overall performance was not as bad as the result would suggest.”
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“We’re just desperate to get promotion, we need to get back in the Championship as soon as possible and to beat the team in second place was a great result for us. With a big Easter coming up, we’ve given ourselves a great chance of doing it.”
“Gary Doherty was first class,” said a delighted Paul Lambert. “I thought him and Adam Drury were great. It was a big call to bring Adam back because Michael Rose has been doing well but he was great and Gary was immense.”
“People tend to forget he’s only 21 and I’ve got to protect him – but as a natural finisher he’s terrific. I thought he was looking a bit tired and I had a chat with him in the week. He was great about it and I thought he was excellent when he came on.”
“We’ve just got to keep doing the job that we have been doing over the last 30-odd games or whatever since the manager’s come in,” said 28-goal hitman Grant Holt, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated Leeds clash. “And if we do that, then we’ll get the points.”
“The pressure on it is huge and Lenny’s in [Lennon] and I hope he goes on and does great,” said the City boss, one of the early favourites for the vacant Bhoys job. “But regarding myself I’m really happy here – as I’ve said from day one.”
“It’s a case of getting back to basics and making sure we’re hard to beat, but when we’ve got the ball we have to play with flair and imagination,” said Simon Grayson. “We’re a footballing team and we showed that for the first half of the season.”
For me, there are three stand-out contenders and a host of others who could also be in the running. And the fact that there are so many worthy candidates shows how well the Canaries have performed in 2009/10.
“They are a handful and we couldn’t cope,” said a a clearly angry United boss Simon Grayson ahead of that League One humdinger on Saturday. “None of our players won individual battles. We did pass it better in the second half, but it wasn’t good enough.”
“When they got in front it was tough to come back. But we did,” said County Ground boss Danny Wilson. “There was a lot of good football and endeavour in midfield, and it was a very good match which we’re happy with a point from. We were disappointed to lose the goal at that time, because we’d looked pretty threatening, but to their credit they worked that situation well.”
“Being greedy you want to win them all but you can’t win every game,” said Canary chief Paul Lambert yesterday, speaking after the 1-1 draw at Swindon. But what the lads have given me, with their desire and commitment to put ourselves in the mix, has been great. We’re a good side.”
“If you’ve not got the players around him, he’ll find it very difficult,” said Swindon chief Danny Wilson, speaking this week as the Robins prepare to face City this afternoon. “I don’t think there’s many teams can carry any passengers in any league.”
“Football is a pressure game. You have to try and win as many games as you can. We had the same demands when we were trying to catch everybody,” said the Norwich boss, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Swindon.
I’m not being critical when I say that some of the performances lately have been less than scintillating. Yes, I know it sounds critical, but it really isn’t. It’s fantastic that we have acquired the rare and precious knack of conjuring up goals at just the right time; of knowing how to win however we’re playing.
The bravery in his decision making has been one of the standout qualities so far and the match that shines brightest in the memory is that 1-0 win over Brentford. With Grant Holt sent off just before the break, the Canaries boss opted for a 3-4-2 formation; the rest, as they say, is history.
“We want reserve team games to be of maximum benefit to the squad in terms of first-team players who need to get matches under their belt and youngsters coming through the Academy,” said City chief Paul Lambert, as the club confirmed their decision to withdraw from the Totesport.com Combination League.
“They are not promoted yet, and things can change very quickly, but up until now, they’ve been simply outstanding,” said City legend Jeremy Goss in an exclusive chat with MFW’s Tom Haylett. “The feel good factor is back and that has fed through to the staff working for the club and the supporters as well.”
“You can see it at the training ground every day and everyone knows what needs to be done,” said on-loan striker Stephen Elliott, after his two goals at the Galpharm sealed a 3-1 win for the table-toppers. “The lads have been brilliant; all season they’ve been great. They’ve just got to keep going now.”
“The lads showed good character not to wilt and they kept on going and saw it through,” said Canary chief Paul Lambert, speaking after the excellent 3-1 win at Huddersfield. “This is a hard place to come – they’ve not been beaten here all season so I’m proud of what they’ve done and the way we played.”
“I have spoken with an assessor who said it should have not have been a red card,” said City midfield man Darel Russell. “So I don’t know why nothing was done about it. It was extremely disappointing. It cost me playing time but thank goodness the team have done well without me”