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12 December 2014

Jacob previews Saturday’s game at Norwich

Jacob Butterfield believes Town can put an end to its recent poor away form when the side visits Carrow Road to take on Norwich City this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship.

Town has recorded two wins away from the John Smith’s Stadium this season, the last of which was the 3-1 victory at Wolves on 1 October.

Despite the subsequent five match winless run on the road, Butterfield believes performances have been good and that things will soon change.

“I don’t think we’ve been turned over by anyone. We’ve not come away from any game thinking that they were much better than us and that we deserved to lose,” Jacob told

“At Derby we played well and at Fulham I thought we were the better team and were unlucky not to win. We’ve put in some decent performances, but that’s the way the Championship is - you have to play well to get anything from games.

“Bolton was a poor game of football from both teams, but I don’t think they were any better than us. If anything we had the better chances. 

“It’s definitely fine margins, like the Manager has said. I don’t think it will be long before we start getting away wins.”

Last weekend’s win against Brentford yielded another change in formation for Town, as Manager Chris Powell opted to play 3-5-2 with Butterfield operating alongside Conor Coady and Jonathan Hogg in the centre of midfield.

The former England Under-21 international has also played out wide at times this season, but says he is happy to play wherever the Manager asks him to.

“I think as a three we work really together,” Jacob continued. “We’ve all got different qualities. We’ve changed formation this season and we’ve changed personnel a bit. From game to game it’s been slightly different, but whoever I’ve been in there with I’ve enjoyed it. When the three of us have been in there it’s worked well. 

“We’re adapting well. The Manager has changed it when he’s needed to and it’s usually worked, so I think the lads are happy to do whatever is best to try and get the win.

“When you’re central, you tend to be much more involved in the game and I like to be in there and on the ball as much as possible.” 

The 24-year-old returns to his former club Norwich this Saturday, where he endured a frustrating 2012/13 season, making just three appearances for the Canaries.

However, Jacob does not want to dwell on his time in Norfolk and says he is really enjoying his football again since moving to Town.

“It was a frustrating time for me. I’d just come back from a knee injury where I was out for 10 months. I moved down there and I needed to get playing football again, but I never really got given the opportunity.

“But I’m looking forward to going back down there against an old team and hopefully I can put on a good performance and get the win. 

“Wherever you are, you want to be valued as a player and become a key man. It gives you confidence, your fitness levels are up and you feel like you can go out there and give your best for the team.

“I’m enjoying being here and playing regular football. When we’re playing well, I think we play as good a football as anyone I’ve seen. Hopefully we can push up the League and have a good go.”

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