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14 October 2016

Goalkeeper previews latest Carrow Road clash

MICHAEL McGovern says having a hectic personal playing schedule is bringing the best out of him ahead of Norwich City hosting Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday (3pm).

The Canaries goalkeeper has taken ownership of the gloves domestically since an injury to John Ruddy early in the season, while also firmly establishing himself as Northern Ireland's number one.

That's meant a prolonged run of competitive action for the 32-year-old, who represented his country against both San Marino and Germany in the recent international break.

"It's the way it is now, when you play internationals, which is a great honour for me," McGovern told the media at Colney Training Centre on Friday afternoon.

"Playing in the Championship as well, there are so many games. You take the positives from that though, especially when you're winning.

"I'm always learning and you can only do that by playing. As a player you want to play as often as possible, so I want to keep that going and for the team to keep winning too.

"The competition here is very high as we've got some top goalkeepers. John Ruddy has been here for a number of years and performed really well so I can't take anything for granted."

Having returned to Norfolk to prepare for City's latest league fixture, McGovern says his side won't underestimate Rotherham despite their current placing at the bottom of the division.

"We treat each game individually and show respect to everyone we play against," he added.

"Rotherham are fighting for their lives but we expect to win games at home, no matter who we're playing. They've got good players but I'm confident if we match their fight out quality will shine through.

"If you focus on that and do your own job, more often than not you'll get results. The way we play, we attack and are expansive; that's the way the manager wants to play.

"He wants to entertain the fans. We've been scoring plenty of goals and playing well so I'd imagine Norwich fans will be enjoying that."

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