December 7 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Alex Tettey may be enjoying his new role behind Norwich City’s midfield creators – but he doesn’t expect it to be a regular gig.
Chris Hughton’s 4-1-4-1 formation provided three good Premier League performances – albeit accompanied by only three points, as the Champions League class of Chelsea and Arsenal eventually undid City’s good work. It means the pressure is growing on the Canaries, who are in the relegation zone.
City host newly promoted Cardiff on Saturday and Tettey appreciates his current role – if not his starting berth – has limited use.
“This is how I play and I’m happy I’m back in the team,” said the Norway international. “I enjoy this role. Me, Leroy (Fer) and Jonny (Howson) is a strong trio. But I don’t think we’re going to play like this against Cardiff. We’ll have to go forward and get a result at home.
“This formation is good way for certain games – we just can’t play like that in every game. We have Gary (Hooper) plus Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) and Johan (Elmander) who didn’t play here. Definitely the gaffer will want to play two up front at some point. He hasn’t said it, but you don’t buy two strikers for £8m and not use them. My form is going forward, and I hope to stay in the team.”
Former Barclay hero Malky Mckay’s Carrow Road return as Bluebirds boss will not be lost on the home fans – likewise Craig Bellamy, should he feature.
But all City will be looking for is a first home win in three after Chelsea and Aston Villa left with wins. Manchester City are the only other top-flight side to win at Carrow Road since September 2012.
“It is a huge game,” said Tettey. “At home is where we do our business and we haven’t done that recently. But hopefully we can get the crowd behind us.
“In two games now us, the players, everything the boss is saying to us is to go for it. Not wait, sit back and take it all the time. We want to go forward and score goals. It’s not always something that comes off. But hopefully it will soon.”