Belfast Telegraph

Canaries have Reds in their sights

Anthony Pilkington hopes Norwich's remarkable season will end with the Canaries achieving the once unthinkable goal of finishing above 18-times champions Liverpool.

Many bookmakers had Norwich down as favourites for relegation after their promotion last season but they have defied their critics and are 15 points clear of danger with five games of the Barclays Premier League season remaining.

"All the pundits were talking about us finishing bottom of the league so to finish above Liverpool would be unheard of, wouldn't it?" the Norwich winger said. "I'm from Blackburn-way, up in the north-west, and that would be a great scalp."

They claimed their most impressive win of the season on Monday when they became the only club other than Manchester United and Manchester City to win at Tottenham.

Their 2-1 win, which could have been by a bigger margin had referee Michael Oliver awarded them two clear penalties, means the Norfolk club have amassed 42 points - the same as Fulham and top-flight heavyweights Liverpool.

Norwich will have to wait little time to prove that they are again capable of upsetting the biggest names in the league as they face Manchester City at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Pilkington, who scored the opener in north London on Monday, has warned Roberto Mancini's squad that the Canaries are brimming with confidence and are fully capable of ending the club's title hopes this weekend.

"They need to come out and beat us to stand any chance in the championship but we'll carry on with what we're doing and try to take three points off them as well," he said.

"We've played all season without fear. We've proved we're more than a match for anyone. We won't take our foot off the gas, and we'll hope for another win against one of the best sides in Europe."


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