Joseph Yobo - Norwich City’s defence can handle the Premier League’s powerhouses

Norwich City's on-loan defender Joseph Yobo knows the Canaries must handle another physical threat in Swansea City's Wilfried Bony after recent duels against the likes of Christian Benteke and Rickie Lambert: Chris Ison/PA Wire. Norwich City's on-loan defender Joseph Yobo knows the Canaries must handle another physical threat in Swansea City's Wilfried Bony after recent duels against the likes of Christian Benteke and Rickie Lambert: Chris Ison/PA Wire.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
7:30 AM

Joseph Yobo is out to prove there is no blind spot in Norwich City’s central defence against the most fearsome Premier League strikers.

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Swansea City’s 20-goal frontman Wilfried Bony – a player christened as a ‘beast’ earlier this week by his manager Garry Monk – is a physically imposing figure in the same mould as Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Southampton’s Rickie Lambert who have terrorised the Canaries on the last two away trips.

Yobo was powerless to prevent Benteke’s acrobatic overhead kick at Villa Park or stop Lambert cutting inside to rifle past John Ruddy at St Mary’s, but the Nigerian international insists City’s backline can subdue Bony at the Liberty Stadium.

“He is doing very well, credit to him, but I don’t really look at who I am going to play,” he said. “We do all the analysis and the video work and I know what he is like and he is a very good footballer because it is not easy to score goals in the Premier League. I haven’t played against him, or at least I don’t remember, but football teaches you not just to focus on one player because someone else can come into the squad. I just concentrate on what I have to do.

“We’ve played very well away from home and made some mistakes, both individual and collective, but now we need to stick together and fight.

“It happened in those games, but it doesn’t mean it will happen again. Of course we have to reduce the number of goals we concede. We know that. If you look at Southampton we could have got a 3-3 draw in the end before they broke and scored the fourth and that is football. We learn from our mistakes, we don’t have many games left so we have to be up to the task.”

Yobo denies there is any mental block to explain Norwich’s inability to replicate their impressive Carrow Road home form on the road.

“I can’t really tell you what is the difference, other than at home you have the fans and your families behind you,” he said. “Also when you are in the situation Norwich are, fighting to move higher up the league from the relegation zone, probably when we lose away from home we know we have to respond at home.

“At Carrow Road you have 22,000 supporting you and that does make a little difference, but you have to take responsibility to make sure you get the results we want. We have to take that to the away games as well.

“Since I have been here the fans have pushed the team and helped us to get some good results. The away fans are special. They leave their families and jobs and travel a long way to support the team and we feel so bad when we let them down. I can assure them of that. We are a team representing Norwich and we want to make them happy.”

10 comments

  • It could be naked beach volleyball for whatever anyone cares. My experience is that everyone is so sloshed and stuck into the hospitality bars there that they don't even bother to watch the poor nags running around for the $6M prize money. I suppose it would be a bit like everyone going to Carrow Road and getting so stuck into the bars that watching the game was just an unwelcome side show ! Anyway, I'll he staying home to watch the Canaries - although I think it will be on a stream rather than TV today !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Nice `insisting` from Joseph & Chrissy today.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Strange comment from Yobo. I was sure i saw 7 goals conceded to Man City, 5 to Liverpool. 4 to Man Utd, etc, etc. and nearly all came straight through the middle. Maybe I imagined it as I live in a parallel universe to the professional footballers fantasy world.

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    CanaryWest

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Aaah, horses, Dubai! At Carrow Road, I think they should convert the pitch into a giant beer tent zone, and redeploy the old bar areas as Subbuteo or Table Football venues. Hughton`s tactics would be OK in a game where the players are impaled on metal rods, or have their feet locked together in little plastic plinths. Wiv, ol` buddy, we let in 11 in those 3 games! P`raps the game hadn`t finished at time of your posting?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • Garden is full of my daughters + revelers going to the Dubai World Cup later on - Bellini's are going down quite well ! Thanks Brew, the cheque (as they say) is in the post. While we are on puns, lets hope the money is in the bank soon too ! Cheers

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Well, it's 8:25am and we're in Swansea for the weekend and the match. It's raining too but sunshine promised! I see this as a tough game, against a side that are scoring but not necessarily winning. For me, attack is our best option when it comes to defending. Will we go for it, or revert back to a more negative game? If we come away with a point, I think I'd settle for that.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • You`re such an old cynic, CW! We mere fans are not supposed to have memory spans beyond the last disaster, while remembering forever the glorious triumphs that occasionally happen by default. What game is played in the Dubai World Cup? Desert Volleyball? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • A win today would be very helpful, really put us in sight of the finishing line ! Lets hope we go out to win instead of playing for the draw - 35 Points from 32 games would put us in a pretty good place.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • Good shout BVP. If we sit back and contain, it takes only one defensive `blooper` to leave us chasing the game. Usually, that means surrendering. Attack from the start, don`t let Bony terrify us. Swansea must be feeling a bit apprehensive themselves, so we should try to unsettle them. I agree with Dubai as always - go for a win! I`m glad you`ve got through that Slough of Despond you were in, DubaiCan. Good man! The Pilgrim has progressed. Leave my payment for counselling in a Manila Envelope in my Cayman Quadrangle account ;-) OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • cant handle swansea's ,or villas ,or southamptons, 3 average teams and we only let in 10.So mr Yobo how you gonna keep the big boys out with Mr Hughtons tictacs

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

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