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Cody McDonald's challenge

PUBLISHED: 08:29 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:59 06 July 2010

Cody McDonald is resisting the temptation to add to his goal tally this season - despite the competition for a striker's role at Carrow Road.

By CHRIS LAKEY

Cody McDonald is resisting the temptation to add to his goal tally this season - despite the competition for a striker's role at Carrow Road.

The 23-year-old scored the second goal in the reserves' 5-0 rout of Southend on Tuesday, although even he admits it took a huge deflection on the way in.

“I don't think the boys will let me claim that one,” he said. “I was going for the far post, to whip it in the far corner, but I think it was just going wide. But if they're going to give it to me I'll take it.”

The first reserve game of the season was billed as a “trial” for some of Paul Lambert's out-casts, like Gary Doherty and Wes Hoolahan, but for McDonald it was an opportunity to stake a claim for a smaller jump, from bench to starting XI.

McDonald scored in the opening game of the season - the 7-1 calamity at home to Colchester - and while he has played in each of Lambert's five games, all his appearances have been from the subs' bench.

Chris Martin and Goran Maric scored on Tuesday and will also have claims, although so far Lambert has persevered with the Grant Holt-Jamie Cureton partnership.

“There is a big place up for grabs in the first team,” said McDonald. “It is frustrating, but that's part and parcel of football.

“They're not just going to have two strikers here that play every time. Obviously there is big competition there and basically when we get the chance we've got to take it. That's the competition we face.”

Holt hasn't missed a league game this season and is likely to be the one with a new partner - which would suit McDonald fine.

“He is a very good talker and obviously playing with someone like Grant with the experience that he's had at playing at this level of football really helps,” he said. “Thankfully when you get the chance to play alongside someone like Grant it is good for me.

“Everyone is playing well in the club at the minute and there's a real confidence around the place.”

It's a far cry from the inquests that followed the opening day humiliation, although McDonald believes that can now be consigned to the history books.

“That was something we hope we won't see again, the 7-1, and I don't think we will see it again,” he said. “That game is far behind us now. A new manager has come in and he's really stamped his authority around the place and there is a real good look around the pace at the minute and I think we're going to have a good season.

“It's been different - a few things have been different around the place, but our job is to come and play football and that's all we want to do, to come here and do well and finally things are coming together and it looks likely we are starting to do that.”

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