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Manager Says-Clarets 3-0 Norwich

Manager Says-Clarets 3-0 Norwich

Steve Cotterill was upbeat about our fourth win in five games. We have scored 10 goals now and only conceded one in six matches. Despite the 19 winless run, we are now equal to last season's points tally on 54 points with 3 matches and a maximum of nine points still to play for. If we finish on 60-63 points we will have equalled or bettered our best post-Digital season.

The convincing win against Norwich moved us up one place to 16th and finally removed any lingering doubts of reaching relegation safety.

Steve quite clearly delighted was in a jovial and joking mood when he said:

'Before the game I said an ideal scoreline would be to win 2-0 and both strikers get on the scoresheet and we can't even do that!

'If the two strikers haven't got a big grin on their faces there is one on mine that is big enough for both of them.

Steve had this to say about the strike pair,first up Andy:

'I would imagine it has been weighing heavily on Andy's mind. He has been playing well enough to score goals and that one typifies another good performance.

'You could see the team spirit by the way all the boys ran to Andy after he scored. That is a measure.

'The players and fans appreciate him very much and I can't speak highly enough about him because he is one of the top strikers in this league - make no bones about it.'

Cotterill then had a few words to say about Akinbiyi: 'Ade has been out of the team, but he doesn't sulk and he was the first one on our feet when we scored against Plymouth. He is a good man and he deserved that goal.

Continuing his thoughts about the game,the gaffer went on to say:

'I suppose the third (goal) one was the pleasing one because we created enough chances to win by that margin and we have taken them.

'The only disappointing aspect was our crossing in the final third because in the first half that could have opened them up more than once.'

The Clarets now have three games left in the campaign this season with WBA and Coventry at home and Sunderland away squeezed between the two. Steve wants a good finish in these last three matches and says:

'We have a break now because we don't play at the weekend, so that three points was important,

'It puts us in touch with all the teams directly above us and if we can keep that going we can finish the season well.

'We have the same points total as last season now and we are plus on our goal difference, so we have three more games to add to it.

'What we want to do now is top the first year we were here and get 60 points. That's what we want to try to do if we can because then we can banish everyone talking about that run.

'We have carried that for long enough, so it will be nice to put that one firmly behind us.'

Well said Steve and here's hoping!

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Date:Thursday April 19 2007
Time: 9:14AM

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