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WHITTAKER HOPING TO EXTEND RUN

1 December 2012

Summer signing looks ahead to Sunderland clash

NORWICH City defender Steven Whittaker has hailed the ‘never-say-die’ attitude of the squad that has helped them remain unbeaten in eight games ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at Carrow Road.

Whittaker has been involved in six of those games, and is desperate to continue the run when City line up against Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats at 4pm on Sunday.

The Scotland international told Canaries Player: “We’ve got a never-say-die attitude and we’re still picking up points away from home which is a bonus. 

“We certainly look at home matches as ones where we can get more points, and hopefully we’ll pick up three on Sunday. 

“I think it’s important that when we get our home games that we impose ourselves on the fixture, which I’m sure we will.

“We have drawn a few games away from home and ideally we’d like to turn a few of those into wins, but we’re on a good run and I think mentally that’s very good for us. 

“We’re unbeaten in eight - the lads beat Arsenal and drew with Aston Villa before I came into the team, and hopefully we can keep that unbeaten run going.

“It maybe took us a little bit of time with the new manager and new players gelling together, but we’re all on the same page, working and training really hard as a unit, and maybe that’s why we’re getting success.”

In the Sunderland team on Sunday will likely be Whittaker’s Scotland team-mate Steven Fletcher – a man whose qualities the 28-year-old full-back in very familiar with.

He added: “I was delighted to see Steven Fletcher back in a Scotland jersey recently. 

“I think we’ve missed him and he’s shown what a capable player he is in the Premier League, and we’ll need to be wary of him on Sunday. 

“He’s got great talent, he’s really good in the air and has headed a lot of his goals over the past few seasons, so we’ll have to be aware of crosses coming into the box and make sure that we pick him up.

“Sunderland are going to be tough opposition as every team are in this league, but hopefully it’s a game we can impose ourselves on and take something away from the match.

“I think a lot of people would have pictured them being a little bit higher than they are, but they’ve certainly got the players to do that, I just hope it’s not on Sunday.”

To watch the full interview on Canaries Player click here.


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