Sabri pre-Norwich City | We must continue to be hard working
Sabri Lamouchi sat down to speak to the press on Thursday morning ahead of Saturday afternoon's match against Norwich City.
Discussing last week's return to winning ways, Sabri began by reflecting on City's recent performances, citing the strong team spirit as they prepare to face the Canaries.
“The last two performances were absolutely great," he said. "We deserved to win in Birmingham and against Reading, so last week was an absolutely amazing week, but we have a couple of games in a few days. We have five games in the next few weeks, which will be tough. Whether we are home or away, they are all important.
“We’ll be travelling to Norwich knowing that they are a tough team, with very good players, so we’re ready for that.
“After these two wins I’ve seen many smiling faces, so it’s very positive. As I said to the players and the staff, fortunately we won these two, but now it’s just the beginning, because the job is not done. We must continue to be hard working, and we know that it will not be easy."
Continuing, Sabri shared his desire for the squad to continue to build upon their positive form, with another busy run of fixtures approaching.
“We must be ready for a fight in every game, away and at home, because nobody will give us a gift," he explained. "Now after two wins, I want to feel the character of my players at a tough ground against Norwich.
“If you want to earn some points and wins some games, you have to take some risks. It was good for us in the last two games, but it’s about the mindset and mentality of the players as we approach a game.
"It’s united the players, who are together and stronger, and it’s making the difference, so we want that to keep going.
"I’m curious to see my team in Norwich; I want to see more confidence from them and it will be tough, but also an interesting game to play. We’ll go there to try to disturb them as much as we can.”
Answering questions regarding injuries within the squad, Sabri provided an injury update ahead of Saturday's trip to Carrow Road:
“With Callum Robinson it looks as though he will not be back before the international break, so we think for the next five games at least," said Sabri. "He’s injured his hamstring and won’t be available to play for the next couple of games.
“Callum O’Dowda took a kick to the knee against Reading, but we’re expecting him to be available for Saturday.”