Inside Carrow Road

Wednesday 6 February 2013 14:35

Canaries fan David Powles, Assistant Editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, gives us an insight into the away camp ahead of Fulham’s clash at Carrow Road on Saturday.

What are your views of Norwich’s campaign so far?

It’s been a strange one. We started with seven games without a win, then went 10 unbeaten and have now gone eight more without a win. Considering it’s Chris Hughton’s first season, however, I’m happy as long as we stay up.

What were the aims and expectations at the start of the season?

Survival – plain and simple. However, a cup run is important for clubs like Norwich and Fulham and we had two great opportunities to make real progress in both domestic competitions – and threw them both away.

What’s the verdict on Chris Hughton?

As a man – excellent. He’s a true gent and I really want him to do well. As a manager, very good, but the real test will be to ensure progress next season, as long as we stay up.

Were you pleased with your January transfer window dealings?

Yes. A lot of fans were disappointed but I think expectations rose when they started to see names like Gary Hooper bandied about. I think Luciano Becchio can give us the extra few goals we need to stay up.

Who have been your star players this season?

Robert Snodgrass, Sebastien Bassong and Wes Hoolahan.

What sort of game are you expecting on Saturday – presumably you’ll be hoping to fare better than you did at Craven Cottage on the opening day?

Hopefully a free-flowing game which Norwich win 4-3.

Which players do you fear in the Fulham squad?

I think Brede Hangeland is quality. Bryan Ruiz looks excellent on his day and Damien Duff always seems to do well against Norwich.

For those Fulham fans making the trip, what are the best things about visiting Carrow Road?

A beautiful city. Come early and take a look, it will surprise you.

Where’s the best place for a pre-match pint?

Most away fans head to the Compleat Angler outside the train station but I’d recommend The Murderers for a bit of pre-match banter. We don’t really do aggro.

What's the one song Fulham fans are bound to hear?

To the melody of La Bamba:

Javier, Javier, Javier Garrido 
Javier, Javier, Javier Garrido 
Javier, Javier, Javier Garrido 
He loves paella, and now he's a yella. 

Score prediction?

2-0 City.