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Ryan Previews Canaries Clash

6 October 2022

Given the quick turnaround of fixtures, Ryan Lowe said a lot of his side’s preparation for the clash against Norwich City will come down in East Anglia on Friday.

Having faced West Brom on Wednesday evening, the focus for those who featured in that victory was recovery on Thursday afternoon, and the team will then do a small training session on Friday before traveling down south.

Ryan told iFollow PNE: “We’ll have to do a lot of work on the TV as well while we’re down at Norwich because the turnaround is quick.

“We’ve got to make sure that we get the recovery into the group, but the lads have got all the details.

“They have everything on them, and we’ll leave no stone unturned in that department, but while we’re doing well we’ll just continue the theme.

"Training will be minimised of course, and we’ll just go for another tough encounter on Saturday against Norwich.”

The Canaries sit second in the Championship table heading into the weekend, having taken 24 points from the opening 12 games of the season.

After relegation from the Premier League last time out, they were able to hold on to the majority of the squad which has achieved promotion out of the second tier in recent years, and under Dean Smith they're again looking to reach the top flight.

Ryan said: “They’ve got some fantastic players and a fantastic manager who’s been there before and had promotion out of the division, and managed in the Premier League.

“But we’ve got to worry about what we do and how we can nullify their strengths and attack their weaknesses of course. Every team has weaknesses.

“But one thing we can’t do is we can’t take Norwich City lightly. They’re a fantastic outfit, but we’ve got to go there with a smile on our face, and not play the occasion, play the game, and if we can do that we’re always in a positive mood to try and get a result.”

With turnarounds tight, not only for this fixture but during the whole month of October, the manager also gave an insight into how the coaching staff prepare for each game – one at a time.

“We sort of prep behind the scenes,” he said. “I only like to go one game at a time, but the prep in terms of the travel and the training was obviously done before the West Brom game of how we’re going to attack the week.

“We obviously have a look at the week’s programme and how we’re going to go from there, and then the flight time and the training time, so everything has to be pushed back a little bit or brought forward one way or another.

“You’ve got to make sure you’re prepared because fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”


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