Norwich Boss Worthington Expects Tough Royals Clash

Last updated : 17 September 2002 By Rob Cooper
Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington
Norwich City boss Nigel Worthington
Canaries boss Worthington, who led his side to an unlikely Play-Off Final last season has steered his side to an impressive third place in the fledgling Division One table this year.

However he appreciates that his side will have to be on the top of their game if they are to leave Reading on Wednesday evening with three points in the bag.

The Royals haven't been going well, a 3-1 defeat to Cambridge in the Worthington Cup last Tuesday was followed up by a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Wimbledon.

Looking ahead to the game Worthington said: "It's a massive stadium, it's set back from the pitch, Norwich are taking a couple of thousand supporters along which is tremendous and I hope we can go there and give them something to shout about.

"The atmosphere won't be as intense as Sunday but it is a new ground, a good pitch, and somewhere we need to enjoy going to and by that I mean go and perform and get a good result.

"It doesn't matter that they have come up from the second division. The one thing you know about this league is that evey team has a go, and you've got to prepare yourselves and be ready for them.

"My biggest concern is that mentally we are right. Physically we are alright because we've had a tough game on Sunday and that helped to expand energy.
"We must get ourselves individually and collectively ready to go to Reading, take the fight to them and show them what we're capable of."

Nigel Worthington was speaking to the Norwich City Official Site.