Clingan reveals double aim
Midfielder focused on club and country success
Last Updated: September 8, 2008 5:22pm
Clingan: Relishing Czech clash
Sammy Clingan is hoping to play a major role for Northern Ireland and win promotion to the Premier League with Norwich.
Clingan lined up for Northern Ireland on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Slovakia and he realises the importance of responding in the right manner against Czech Republic.
Nigel Worthington's men have been drawn in a tough group that also includes Poland, Slovenia and San Marino but Clingan believes they can cause an upset or two, particularly at Windsor Park.
"It was a difficult weekend after the defeat on the opening day but we are grateful to have another game so soon afterwards," he explained.
"We have analysed our mistakes and now we have to put things right. We have trained well today and the players are buzzing again.
"The Czech Republic have a big reputation but we are looking forward to the game as it is at Windsor Park.
"It is an old ground with the fans close to the pitch.
"The crowd is always bouncing and there is a tremendous noise. They are like a 12th man. It is great to walk out there and I cannot wait to face the Czechs."
Clingan will return his focus to club matters on Thursday and he believes Norwich should be setting their sights high.
The midfielder moved to Carrow Road from Nottingham Forest over the summer and he is excited about the potential of the Canaries.
"The supporters are brilliant as we get crowds of nearly 25,000," he said.
"Even last season when they were threatened with relegation they stayed loyal.
"There is good ambition at the club, they've been in the Premier League before and I am relishing the challenge.
"I want to get Norwich promoted, that's my main aim. We've had three draws and one defeat but hopefully our first win is not far away.
"We have brought a lot of players in and it might take time a little bit of time to gel."