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Askou: I get a rush from Norwich City fans

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 September 2009 | UPDATED: 14:11 06 July 2010

Jens Berthel Askou believes the value of Norwich's fans can be measured in points come the end of the season.

The Canaries are currently the best supported home club in League One, with an average of 23,926 packing into Carrow Road.

Jens Berthel Askou believes the value of Norwich's fans can be measured in points come the end of the season.

The Canaries are currently the best supported home club in League One, with an average of 23,926 packing into Carrow Road.

And Askou believes their contribution to the City cause - home and away - cannot be underestimated.

“Normally I don't hear what they are saying, but when the surroundings were like they were against Charlton last week you really get an extra drive to go and push yourself,” said the Danish defender.

“In the middle of the second half sometimes when we made a good run and put pressure on them you could hear the whole stadium just roaring.

“It's a fantastic feeling and it just really, really gets you. It is amazing playing for a crowd like that, and away as well - sometimes we feel like we are playing at home, it's such a rush.

“It really is going to be a big help for us throughout the whole season and that will probably give us a lot of points at the end as well.”

City's yellow and green army heads to Kent tomorrow for the game against Gillingham, where the crowd is likely to be around the 6,000 mark.

But while Askou is hoping for a positive follow-up to the come-from-behind draw against the then leaders last weekend, he insists that no one is taking anyone lightly: the lesson from day one against Colchester is still too vivid in the mind.

“That's what happens in football,” he said. “Nobody expected Norwich to lose 7-1, but that's what happens if you're not ready, so it's a reminder.

“It's not that we are scared to go and play now, but it's a reminder that you have to be ready for every game. It doesn't matter who you are playing or where you are playing, if you are not ready on the day you'll get in trouble.

“There isn't a danger we will treat teams differently. We saw from the beginning, the first game, that there are no easy games in this league so we have had that reminder since day one. We are going into every game thinking that it's going to be tough.

“We just have to get that extra percentage out of us, out of every player, in order to get the wins and get into that winning streak that will put us a bit closer to the top in the league. Some teams have potentially more quality than other teams, but it doesn't necessarily make it easier to play against them.”

City's confidence has taken a boost this week post-Charlton.

“When we went in for the game we wanted all three points, but as the game developed and we were 2-0 down quite quickly it was a good result for us to get back and the way we got back in the game was maybe the best of it,” he said.

“We were really pushing and really putting pressure on the top team. It was a good comeback for us, a good feeling after the game. It almost felt like a win - now we have to do it again.”

t TOP 10 HOME AVERAGE ATTENDANCES

Norwich City23,926

Leeds23,317

Southampton19,062

Charlton16,924

Huddersfield12,096

MK Dons9,431

Southend8,863

Millwall8,766

Swindon7,850

Bristol Rovers6,852

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