Defender not underestimating Norwich challengeIt has been a bit of a turbulent campaign for Norwich – their aims of an immediate return to the Premier League looked on course when they topped the table in October.
But the slump which followed, in which their defeat to Reading on Boxing Day was their eighth loss in ten games, has seen them drop off the pace in the hunt for promotion – and cost boss Alex Neil his job last month.
However Reading defender Liam Moore feels that a talented Canaries squad will still have plenty of motivation going into this weekend’s game at Carrow Road… despite their defeat to Huddersfield on Wednesday evening, they could still mount a late charge to creep into the top six
“It’s a dangerous game again,” said Moore. “They could possibly sneak into the play-offs – it’s not mathematically over for them, and we need to be wary of them.
“They have some great players and they’ll be desperate to get a result and finish the season strongly, because they don’t know who their manager will be next season – he could be in the stands watching on, and those players will be playing for their future.
“So we need to be wary and we need to do what we’ve done the last three games. I can’t credit the lads enough, because we’ve been very good, but you’re only as good as your last game. So we want to kick on and try to do more.”
Following our midweek win over Blackburn – our 14th of the Championship campaign on home soil – the Royals now have a nine-point cushion above seventh position on the other side of that dotted line.
We are yet to guarantee ourselves a play-off position and Moore isn’t treating it as a given – but he feels that being in the mix at this late stage in itself has been a massive achievement for a side that was unfancied by many.
“Some players don’t like to look at the table – I’ve been looking since day one!” he continued. “That’s what it’s about. We’re competitive, and I want to win, however that may be.
“If we can make the play-offs, I don’t think people should overlook how great an achievement that would be on its own for the football club.
“But if we do get there, and I hope we do, then we’ll be desperate to do everything we possibly can. Everyone is going to look back in June and say that we gave it 110%, whatever happens.”