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STEVEN WHITTAKER: WE HAVE TO KEEP WINNING

5 April 2015

Defender eager to maintain promotion charge

STEVEN Whittaker is determined to help guide his side to another three points when Norwich City host Sheffield Wednesday at Carrow Road on Easter Monday.

Alex Neil's men go into the game off the back of a 1-0 success at Brighton on Good Friday, which further boosted their hopes of securing automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

With just six matches of the regular campaign now remaining, Whittaker told canaries.co.uk: "Every game is massive as we’re trying to get as many points as we can.

"It was a good start after the international break against Brighton and now we're looking forward to Monday. We had to dig in, but getting the clean sheet and a positive result was good.

"I managed to feed a little pass down the side to Nathan, and we all know what he's capable of. He showed that when he managed to skip past his man and find Bradley Johnson in the box, then he had the composure to put it in the net.

"The back five has been pretty steady for a while, and we're not conceding as many as we were earlier in the season. I think that consistency has shown in the performances."

City were held to a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in the previous meeting between the sides, thanks largely to an outstanding display of goalkeeping from the Owls' Keiren Westwood.

The Scotland international knows Stuart Gray's team will provide a stern test, commenting: "People will be expecting us to take the points although it's easier said than done.

"We've slipped up at home a few times this season, and don’t want it to happen again. You never know what's going to happen on the day but we believe we can get the three points.

"A few of the teams at the top have got to play each other, while we've got to face Middlesbrough. The manager is stressing the need to concentrate on ourselves, and to pick up the points ourselves first and foremost."

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