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Last Updated: Monday, 16 May, 2005, 06:30 GMT 07:30 UK
Worthington vows to battle back
Norwich boss Nigel Worthington
Norwich manager Nigel Worthington has vowed they will battle back quickly after relegation from the Premiership.

The Canaries dropped out of the top flight after a 6-0 thrashing at Fulham.

Worthington said: "We have a group of players that I want to keep together. We will stand up and be counted and be ready to go again next season.

"We're down, but I wouldn't have done anything differently. I would still play the same football and the work rate and spirit has been first class."

Worthington added: "It was a bad day for us. We conceded far too many goals for our liking, but I want to give credit to the players for what they have done this season.

"For us to come into the final game of the season with our destiny still in our own hands is a great achievement, but we are disappointed.

"We didn't pick up too many points away from home, but you can't have everything in life."

And Worthington warned top-flight clubs there will be no easy pickings from Norwich's talented youngsters such as goalkeeper Robert Green and striker Dean Ashton, who will now be at the centre of transfer speculation.

He said: "Everybody has ambition - players, manager and staff - and I'm sure there will be some managers out there thinking they can get players out of here at a price.

"Let me send a message that it will be at a price. This is because I want to hang on to all my players, and also all my good young players are on long-term contracts.

"It would need to be very attractive for Norwich's board and myself to do any business."

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