Getting excited....Deano doing the presser early, as I think he prefers to start training at 12.
DS: 'We have a fully fit squad. Apart from Zimbo and Byram is playing 45 mins for the 23s tonight.'
DS asked about Normann. 'Very interesting player. I watched his first 45 in midweek, and then watched Teemu's game. But Mathias can be a very important player for us this season. He wants to get better. He wants to learn.'
DS: We have really good backing from our supporters. I know they'll be behind us Saturday. But we're very respectful of Ralph and Southampton, they're a hard team to play against.
Memories of Carrow Road… DS: “Good results and bad results here. My abiding memory is that the supporters are very welcoming. Although, I want them to be welcoming to Norwich City but not so much Southampton.”
Cantwell for the starting XI? “He appears to be fit but we’ll assess him today.”
Fans need to buy into the process… DS: “We need them to get behind us. The only way we’ll win football games is if we all pull together.”
On not being relegated. Putting reputation on the line? DS: “I looked at the squad, I spoke to Neil and Stuart and I liked what I saw. Some people will say it’s a risk but I see it as an opportunity.”
DS: “First season after promotion is the hardest, survival has to be the aim. If you survive then you can build.”
Opportunities for young players… DS: “Mathias and Teemu didn’t train yesterday (due to international fixtures). So, we had young Abu Kamara train with us.”
Nice pay off line from #ncfc DS: 'I've got a minibus load coming up from Birmingham with their green and yellow scarves.'