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CITY v MILLWALL: WHITTAKER EXCLUSIVE IN OTBC

25 December 2014

City's Derby hero features in Boxing Day programme

THE Boxing Day edition of OTBC for City’s Sky Bet Championship match with Millwall is on sale now.    

The programme has a festive feel with several images from the players’ pre-Christmas visit to the children’s ward of the Norfolk & Norwich University hospital. 

After netting City’s dramatic late equaliser against Derby County on Saturday, Scottish international Steven Whittaker is the main featured player interview.  

The 30-year-old former Rangers defender talks about the team’s recent return to form, his late strike at the iPro Stadium and his hopes for 2015 with both club and country. 

“We always knew it was going to come back; we've got too good a squad and too good players not to get back to winning ways,” Whittaker explained.  

“The ball just dropped to me and I thought I'd have a swing at it, managed to get a good connection, and it's in the bottom corner,” was his verdict on his first league goal since the 2-2 draw at home to Everton on the first day of last season.

“It would have been a travesty if we'd taken nothing from the game, especially the way we played in the second half when we had them under constant pressure.”

That fine display at the iPro followed hot on the heels of a gritty 1-0 win at Wigan and the 5-0 destruction of 10-man Huddersfield at Carrow Road has put a smile back on the faces of players, staff and supporters in recent weeks. 

“We're on a good run in the last three fixtures and we're going to look to continue that,” said Whittaker. “We're comfortable with where we are and how we're playing, and we're looking forward to the Christmas period as we've got some good fixtures coming up we believe we can win.

“We were obviously disappointed with the little run that we had, and Wigan away on paper was a tough game – they were a good team with good individuals. It was nice to go there to get a nice 1-0 win and a clean sheet, and we've managed to build on that.”

Our ‘Play it again City!’ feature rewinds back to December 1985 to recall the Canaries’ 6-1 thrashing of Millwall at Carrow Road. Former Canary Mark Barham was one of the City marksmen against the Lions and he recalls that match and reflects on the 1985-86 Second Division title-winning campaign. 

Also inside readers will find the following:

Boss Neil Adams’ pre-match thoughts

Pressing matters – Joe Ferrari’s matchday column 

Canary DNA – Technical Director Ricky Martin’s notes 

The Norwich Way – interview with City youngster Lewis Byrne-Hewitt  

Welcome Millwall – all you need to know about the opposition

For all the very latest news and views from Carrow Road and Colney this Christmas make sure you grab your copy of the Millwall programme from one of our official vendors on your approach to Carrow Road. Programmes for our Sky Bet Championship matches this season are priced at just £3. 

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