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13 April 2017

Canaries must build on Reading performance, says caretaker boss

NORWICH City caretaker manager Alan Irvine is targeting more of the same from his side when they host Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship on Good Friday (3pm).

The Canaries earned an emphatic 7-1 win over Reading last time out, striking six times during a remarkable first half which saw them blow the Royals away with a ruthlessly clinical display.

While repeating such a one-sided result itself is a tall order to say the least, Irvine expects those performance levels to be maintained when Slavisa Jokanovic's team visit Carrow Road.

"It was terrific and a full credit to the players for the way they reacted to the Huddersfield game", he exclusively told Norwich City TV on Thursday morning.

"Our performance was brilliant, with and without the ball. The fans must have enjoyed that because it was one of those special days you'll remember forever, it will certainly last in my memory.

"Clearly, we want the same kind of level of performance again. To get the same result is extremely difficult as it doesn't happen very often but there's a need for us to try and reproduce that level."

Giving further insight into what he expects from The Cottagers, the 58-year-old said: "They're a good side, and the side in the division with the most possession overall.

"They want to play out from the back and have some really talented players in midfield and up-front. They've also got full-backs who go forward repeatedly, so we know it will be another very difficult game.

"With our previous games being against Huddersfield, Aston Villa and Reading, we know Fulham can cause us similar problems. Hopefully we can cause them some problems as well.

"I've been impressed by the way Slavisa Jokanovic's teams play and they will be a dangerous opponent for us. We just have to keep trying to win games and see where that takes us.

"We can only control what we can control, and that's our level of performance and the results we get from that."

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