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Focus Now On Norwich
FOCUS NOW ON NORWICH
Posted 28 January 2013 12:46am
Gareth Bale quickly turned his attention to Wednesday night's Premier League clash at Norwich and insisted: "Both teams will want to prove a point."
We were on the wrong end of a surprise in the FA Cup as Championship side Leeds United beat us 2-1 in the fourth round at Elland Road on Sunday.
However, the Canaries suffered the shock of the season so far as Luton Town became the first non-league to beat a top-flight team since Sutton toppled Coventry in 1989 with a 1-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.
We take a run of one defeat in 11 in the Premier League to Norfolk to face a team no doubt determined to halt a run of five league losses in the last six.
"Norwich also had a disappointing result in the FA Cup and we’re both in a situation we didn’t want to be in," said Gareth. "I’m sure both teams will want to bounce back and we’ll be looking to get the three points.
"Hopefully we’ll go there and repeat what we did last season."
Gareth was outstanding in our 2-0 win at Norwich last season, scoring both goals, and he provided flashes of inspiration at Elland Road but it wasn't enough as goals from Luke Varney and Ross McCormack saw Leeds home.
Clint Dempsey reduced arrears to 2-1 after 58 minutes but Leeds defended well, continued to hound us in possession and we had to wait until the last minute for another clear-cut chance when Lee Peltier's last-ditch tackle denied Jon Obika.
"Leeds made it difficult for us," added Gareth. "On another day we could have scored a few goals but it wasn’t meant to be.
"Their second goal came at a horrible time for us. It was the killer blow, to be honest.
"We had some chances to draw but we’ll take it on the chin and look forward to the next game against Norwich, where we’ll look to leave the Leeds defeat behind."