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Nelson out to impress at former club

PUBLISHED: 07:15 29 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:45 06 July 2010

Michael Nelson returns to his old hunting ground today, desperate to prove he isn't a one-game flop. The central defender joined City from Hartlepool in the summer, the third new recruit of the summer.

Michael Nelson returns to his old hunting ground today, desperate to prove he isn't a one-game flop.

The central defender joined City from Hartlepool in the summer, the third new recruit of the summer.

But he was axed by Bryan Gunn after the embarrassing opening day debacle against Colchester - and hasn't featured since, under new boss Paul Lambert.

With Michael Spillane suspended after his red card against Sunderland on Monday, Lambert has effectively to choose two from Gary Doherty, Jens Berthel Askou and Nelson - a double incentive for the 27-year-old from Gateshead.

“I want to get out and show everyone the real side of me and what I can do and hopefully I will get my chance tomorrow,” he said.

“Obviously I looked for this when the fixtures came out. The fact that I came up early was obviously on my mind and hopefully I can impress the manager enough to get in the team and hopefully do well.”

Nelson has been one of the biggest playing casualties of City's see-saw opening to the season, along with keeper Michael Theoklitos, but says the ship is finally steadying.

“Obviously things have gone on and things have changed regarding the managerial position, but I think the lads are starting to get settled down now and hopefully we can kick on,” he said. “That's football. I've been around long enough now to go through stuff like that and know what you've got to do. You have just got to get your head down, carry on and hopefully impress the new manager coming in.”

Nelson spent six years at Victoria Park so knows what to expect - and what City have to do.

“It's the same as going anywhere in League One really, you just have to go in and start from a solid base, work your way into the game and hopefully end up coming away with the three points,” he said.

“It's not very often you get a nice, calm, breezy day - it's normally howling with wind even if the sun's out. There's normally a wind going across the pitch or up or down it. It's normally a blustery place to go and the stands aren't really going to hide the wind from you, so we have to try and get the ball down, but we also have to do the nasty side of it as well and grind things out.

“I had six years there - some very good times and one bad relegation season. I enjoyed my time up there but I'm a Norwich City player now and going up there looking for three points.”

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