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MICHAEL MCGOVERN: STANDARDS MUST REMAIN HIGH

16 September 2016

Northern Ireland international looks ahead to Forest test

MICHAEL McGovern says Norwich City's trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday (3pm) in the Sky Bet Championship represents another chance to establish himself as a key player for the Canaries.

The Northern Ireland stopper began the season as second-choice, but was thrust into action halfway through the second game of the campaign when teammate John Ruddy suffered a groin injury.

McGovern has since held onto the position between the sticks and told the media on Friday: "I was genuinely disappointed for John because we get on well.

"It's funny how things work because his injury gave me an opportunity to get in the team. My aim now is to stay there and help the team get wins.

"I've had the jersey for the last few games but need to keep my performance levels high. I know I'm up against quality because John has established himself here and Paul Jones is a very good goalkeeper too.

"There's strong competition for places and that's a good thing because it means whoever is in the team has to play to a high standard."

Having impressed significantly for his nation at Euro 2016, McGovern is enjoying his return to domestic duties in a new environment.

"Personally it's been a decent start but I still think there's more to come from me," he explained.

"I'm looking to kick on and keep improving. We want to put a run of results together so tomorrow is our sole focus in terms of trying to continue that.

"If we get the three points then we've have a really good return from our last few games. It's going to a difficult match because they're a massive club but I'm looking forward to it.

"It's a stadium I've never played in before so that's something new for me. Most of all though I want us to go there and get the three points."



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