Fox: Norwich relaxed after win

The Canaries recorded a hard-earned 2-1 Premier League victory at

Bolton last weekend, where manager Paul Lambert had made

half-a-dozen changes to his starting XI. After successive defeats

to Chelsea and West Brom, it means Norwich now have five points

from as many games as they prepare to take on the Black Cats on

Monday night, who also chalked up their first win last weekend with

an impressive 4-0 romp over Stoke. Fox, though, knows all the

effort at Reebok Stadium will have been for nothing if Norwich do

not get a positive result on Monday. “Now we have got that win

under our belts, which our performances have deserved, the lads are

a lot more relaxed and there is a lot better atmosphere around the

place,” he said. “It just shows there is nothing to fear now we

have got that weight off our shoulders, we can go and turn those

good performances into three points which we need. “If we can go to

places like Bolton and win it gives everyone a massive confidence

boost going into the next few games.” Fox added on the club’s

official website, www.canaries.co.uk: “We want to put down a marker

on Monday and certainly try to get three points, because we need

good results at home. “We are capable of winning away from home, we

proved that last year, so hopefully we can get that home form

right, then that should see us start to progress.” Fox impressed on

his return to the side last weekend, having a hand in both of

Norwich’s first-half goals. The 27-year-old former trainee admitted

it had been a long wait for another taste of first-team action,

having last featured on the opening day of the season at Wigan,

while also playing in the disappointing 4-0 home Carling Cup defeat

by MK Dons last month. “I missed three and it felt like an

eternity, but you have got to realise that there are a lot of games

and there is a lot of competition for places,” he said. “You have

got to be ready to step up when needed to perform, and that’s what

everyone in the group is about really. “The lads that aren’t

playing know that their chance could be just around the corner and

they need to produce when called upon.” Fox believes having an

interchangeable group is positive for the challenges ahead. “It

keeps everyone on their toes, knowing you are only one game away

from not playing, or a game away from being in the team,” he said.

“Things turn around in football very quickly, and everyone needs to

make sure they’re ready to be called upon – the manager has said

that from day one, and that is the case with every member of the

squad. “When you do play you need to try and produce your best and

hopefully that will be enough to try and get you in the team for

the next week. If it is not, then you have got to knuckle down and

try to get back in the team.” Norwich boss Lambert also worked with

Fox during their time at Colchester, signing the former Blackpool

man in June 2010. “Foxy has got that great habit of giving the ball

to his team-mate – and being at Manchester United when he was

younger has obviously given him a great grounding,” Lambert said.

“He can see things with one touch which it takes other footballers

to do in two or three – he is just a marvellous footballer.”