Date: 17th March 2015 at 3:49pm
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Manager Chris Powell has called on the team to get back to doing what they do best when we face Norwich City later tonight.

On the back of four games unbeaten, but having picked up a draw in the match against Birmingham to draw an end to three successive losses, Powell has called on the players to get back tow inning ways on our own soil when we host the Canaries tonight.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Powell said he could take positives from our last game but obviously he was disappointed we didn’t take all three points.

‘I would have preferred three points, but the performance and the manner that we played in was important considering what happened in the previous three games. That`s something for us to build on. We`d stopped doing many aspects of our game, so we made sure we accentuated the positives with our players through the week and we saw the fruits of that on Saturday. We should have been 3-1 up at half-time as we had good chances; it was good to see us creating in the final third. We just needed to convert them.’

That’s now what the gaffer wants to see us build on in a few hours time and speaking more specifically about Norwich, he explained.

‘They are a side that still has the quality and feel of the Premier League. They`ve got themselves in the mix for the top two and they`ll be a tough proposition for us. We`re fully aware that they have got threats, so it`s up to our players to nullify those before expressing themselves. Their players will arrive here full of confidence after the run they`ve had.’

Despite the confidence they will come to the John Smith’s with Powell says we just have to stand up to that and ‘face it head on’.

‘We want to make sure our Championship status is intact and we need two or three wins to do that. These games are very important for us and we`ll focus on building on what we did on Saturday. If we do that, we have a chance. We`ll be on the front foot again and focus on ourselves. We`ve got to be positive in our outlook and take the game to them.’

As for team news for the game, Powell admits he’s already had to rule out of contention both Harry Bunn with his hamstring problem and Jack Robinson with his knee problem. He also expects them to miss next weekend’s match as well but a long term scan is required before he knows that for sure, but with the international break coming up it should give them time to get fit again following Fulham.

As for Nahki Wells, he describes him as being close as he has now returned to non contact training amongst other things – but he feels Norwich and tonight is too quick, with Fulham a more likely return.

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