Norwich City midfielder Alex Tettey preparing for Fulham to pose tougher test than Reading did at Carrow Road
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Fulham will not roll over in the abject manner Reading did at Carrow Road last weekend, Canaries midfielder Alex Tettey believes.
The tough tackler helped City to an impressive 7-1 triumph over the Royals but expects Fulham to offer a stronger attacking threat.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are tied with Norwich as the Championship’s second highest scorers on 72 goals, two behind title chasers Newcastle, and the 31-year-old expects a tough challenge this afternoon (3pm kick-off).
“They are a very good side, it is not going to be a Reading game, they are a team like Reading who have something to play for though,” said Tettey, who is set to make his 150th appearance for City to move into the club’s all-time top 100.
“I’ve just come from a meeting about their forward players and they are a threat going forward so we need to be on our toes.”
The demolition of the Royals was the Canaries’ biggest league win since an 8-1 success at Shrewsbury Town in September 1952 and the first time Carrow Road had seen the hosts score six goals in the first half.
The former Norway international, who retired from national duty earlier this year, accepts the freak scoreline is unlikely to be repeated again any time soon.
“It was a nice game and for once all the forward players, everything they tried went in, so that was very nice,” he continued.
“We haven’t performed against the top 10 teams this season so it was nice to have a win against one of them and with a lot of goals as well.
“But at home as we all know we have been doing well so we were not scared of them and were really confident going into the game.”
City can enjoy the comforts of home again this afternoon, as the division’s highest scorers on home turf with 48 goals in 20 games.
Allied with the recent arrival of sporting director Stuart Webber, who began his revamp of the club this week with the release of three senior staff members, confidence is returning for interim head coach Alan Irvine’s staff.
Which means as Tettey prepares to celebrate his landmark 150th game – during which time the tough-tackler has picked up 49 yellow cards – he knows he is playing for his future.
“Personally I have one year left on my contract, if that is going to change, no one knows,” the former Rennes and Rosenborg midfielder added.
“I am here now and we have five games to go and we will see when we come back. But if I am here it will be getting ready to go again.”
He insists he is not worrying about what will happen this summer though, as he comes to the end of his fifth campaign with City.
“If something is not certain, you do not use a lot of energy on it,” he continued. “That’s where I am at now, I don’t want to use energy on something that I don’t know.
“So I’m just concentrating on now and what happens, happens.”
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