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Flitcroft Previews Norwich Test

Gaffer Looks Ahead To Tonight's Cup Clash

8 August 2017

Town Boss Dave Flitcroft says his team are prepared and ready for tonight’s tough test away at Norwich City.

The Reds head to Carrow Road for the First Round of the Carabao Cup (7:45pm Kick-Off) later, looking to build on the opening day win at Carlisle United on Saturday.

Norwich are one of the promotion favourites in the Championship this season and a large squad means they have the luxury to freshen things up tonight, but Flitcroft says his side will be ready for whatever they face.

“We’ve done quite a lot of work in the classroom on the Norwich game-plan and presenting to the group what we’re after in terms of shape,” he said.

“We’ve got a great opportunity to spend all day together on Tuesday and we’ll get the work into them.

“The travelling, preparation and emotional toll of winning your first game will have taken a lot out of the boys so we’ll have to look at that.

“The lads ran themselves into the ground for us on Saturday and we’ll see the impact of that.

“Partnerships right round the pitch is important and keeping players together is important.

“We’re not a big enough squad to give people different game time. There is so much honesty in this group which delights me and we’ll go to Norwich, try and give an honest performance and see where that takes us.

“We can only fight what is in-front of us and we can only play what is in-front of us and that’s what we’ll do come 7:45pm on Tuesday.

“We’ll try and commit to a game-plan and try and commit to each other again.”

"There is so much honesty in this group which delights me and we’ll go to Norwich, try and give an honest performance and see where that takes us."

Dave Flitcroft

Harry Smith could well feature tonight with Luke Norris set to miss out due to a shoulder injury, and Flitcroft believes there is plenty more to come from the towering frontman.

“He’s a big boy and my job this season is to make sure that we make him play his size, he understands what his function is on the pitch and we get him fitter,” he added.

“He’s still very, very young and when you see the size of him people forget that.

“He needs to be taught certain lines and body shape and how to dominate players with his size.

“He does want to score goals and we’ve got to look to keep improving him. Luke Norris edged it over pre-season, it was a fight-out between those two and Luke got the starting place.

“It is where you finish though and everyone who came on against Carlisle on Saturday made an impact.

“Conor Thomas’ last fifteen minutes was absolutely essential and he came on and did a job for the team, so it was important.”


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