Leeds United v Norwich City: Holt plotting revenge

Norwich City's Grant Holt.
Norwich City's Grant Holt.
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Norwich City captain Grant Holt wants his club to settle an old score when they return to the scene of a dramatic defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Holt said he was keen to see Norwich “rectify” the 2-1 loss they suffered at Elland Road in October 2009, when an injury-time goal from Jermaine Beckford settled a League One clash with Leeds United.

City recovered from that result to overhaul a sizeable deficit and claim the League One title by nine points from Leeds but the clubs will renew an healthy rivalry this weekend with both in firm contention for a Championship play-off place.

Holt’s 94th-minute winner against Reading last weekend lifted Norwich to third position in the table, two points and three places ahead of United, and Norwich’s visit to Elland Road is likely to pull in a crowd of over 30,000.

United’s players and coaching staff have shown a reluctance to speak too openly about their chance of promotion, and Holt also warned his in-form club against thinking beyond their fixture in Leeds.

“We never look ahead, only at our next game,” Holt said. “We’ll worry about Elland Road now and rectify what happened there last year.

“We’re punching above our weight and I think a few people wrote us off at the start of the season.

“They didn’t expect us to do much. But sometimes if you look ahead, that’s when you get caught out.”

United and Norwich fought out a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in November with Leon Barnett’s controversial goal earning City a point in the second half.

The defender is set to miss this weekend’s game, however, after pulling a hamstring against Reading on Saturday.

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