Lewis Grabban: Norwich City promotion push 'will get tougher'

Lewis Grabban
Norwich's Lewis Grabban has scored against Ipswich twice this season, having netted the only goal in the reverse fixture in August

Striker Lewis Grabban claims Norwich City's attempt to win promotion back to the Premier League has been made more difficult by their surge in form.

Sunday's 2-0 derby win over Ipswich put them third in the Championship and within one point of the automatic promotion places with 12 matches to go.

"It will only get more difficult," Grabban told BBC Radio Norfolk.external-link

"Now that we've moved into the higher bit of the league, teams will try raise their game."

Norwich City's six-game winning run
7 Feb: 4-0 v Blackpool (H)10 Feb: 3-2 v Charlton (A)
14 Feb: 2-0 v Wolves (H)21 Feb: 3-0 v Watford (A)
24 Feb: 2-1 v Blackburn (A)1 Mar: 2-0 v Ipswich (H)

The ex-Bournemouth forward, who has scored five goals in the past five matches, continued: "Every game at this time of year is tough, but we just have try keep getting the results."

While both leaders Derby County and second-placed Middlesbrough faltered at the weekend with losses, Norwich extended their winning run to six matches.

And Grabban said manager Alex Neil's emphasis on simplicity has resonated with the squad since his arrival in January, with the Canaries having only lost once under the former Hamilton Academical boss.

"He has got the lads going and the lads are responding to him, that is evident in the results we have had," said Grabban.

Bradley Johnson, who was set up for his 10th goal of the season in Sunday's win by Grabban, insists Norwich will not be distracted by their league position.

"It is realistic that we can finish in the top two, but have to take it game by game and put in the same shift that we did against Ipswich," said the midfielder.