Whitbread wants winning 2012

Former USA U20 star wants to make it a trio of wins for Canaries

Zak Whitbread: Norwich defender looking foward to a positive 2012

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Zak Whitbread believes the winning momentum Norwich City are taking in to the New Year will serve them well for the rest of the season.

The 27-year-old was part of the Canaries side that reached the fourth round of the FA Cup with a convincing 4-1 win over Burnley on Saturday.

It was further proof of the strides they have made since returning to the Premier League and they currently sit ninth in the table.

Whitbread, who began his career at Liverpool, has identified the importance of an FA Cup run, but knows top-flight survival is the club's primary objective.

Momentum

"Without a doubt the league is the main focus, but the FA Cup are games where we will always give 100%," he said.

"After the league win over QPR last week, there could have been some heavy legs, but with the matches churning out thick and fast, it is good to get into that momentum.

"If you are playing in those games, you don't really want to stop and have a long break - you want to keep the ball rolling."

The Canaries have now claimed back-to-back wins and Whitbread has urged them to maintain their winning ways.

"We now have chalked up two wins on the bounce, which does us no harm," he added.

"It is always good to get on little runs, because winning breeds confidence. Hopefully that carries on into West Brom next week.

"We just have to keep working hard, approaching games right and then results will come."