Reds bid to shoot down Canaries

Flashback: Lee Jones against Norwich in August 2000 when he was tha last man to give Barnsley victory over the Canaries.
Flashback: Lee Jones against Norwich in August 2000 when he was tha last man to give Barnsley victory over the Canaries.
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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins is hoping his side can end Norwich City’s “momentum” at Oakwell tomorrow.

The Canaries have lost just two of their last 19 matches and have not lost to the Reds in their last 10 meetings, dating back to December 2000.

And earlier this season the Reds squandered a 1-0 lead in a 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road, with Paul Lambert’s side having gone from strength-to-strength since then having climbed to fifth in the npower Championship table.

But Robins and the Reds were boosted by a battling 3-3 Yorkshire derby draw on Tuesday night having twice come from behind to secure a point.

“We showed a lot of spirit against Leeds - and we’re going to need that against Norwich,” Robins told The Star.Norwich have got momentum from last season and have a good group of players who are used to winning.

“Paul Lambert has done a great job. They are a big club and have the ability to bring in some very good players.

“He’s moulded them together and they’re having a good season. It’s a good game for us to look forward to.”

The Reds will be without the injured Nathan Doyle, the midfielder sidelined with a calf injury picked up against Leeds in midweek.

Experienced centre-back Stephen Foster is absent with a thigh injury, while Argentinean midfielder Hugo Colace remains sidelined with an abductor tear.

Full-back Jay McEveley is making “good progress” according to Robins following his medial knee ligament operation and could be back in action in the next couple of weeks, although this weekend’s match has come too soon.

“Jay can see some light at the end of the tunnel, he played in a closed-door friendly this week and there were no ill-affects from his injury,” added Robins.

“He’s in the final stages of his recovery, so hopefully he’s back soon for us.”

A victory for the Reds would be their first over the Canaries since a 1-0 win in August 2000 when, down to ten men, Lee Jones bagged the winning goal.