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Plymouth promise to help City

PUBLISHED: 10:14 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:48 03 July 2010

Plymouth keeper Romain Larrieu has promised the Canaries his side will go all out to beat City's relegation rivals Barnsley at Home Park in Sunday's Championship finale.

Plymouth keeper Romain Larrieu has promised the Canaries his side will go all out to beat City's relegation rivals Barnsley at Home Park in Sunday's Championship finale.

Norwich's televised defeat against Reading confirmed Argyle's league status but the French stopper insists that could work against Barnsley who need a point to condemn Bryan Gunn's men to League One.

“We have to be very professional because we need to finish with a win so we can take that into next season,” he said. “Hopefully, we can play with some freedom now and give the fans something to shout about. It was always going to be a tough season. A lot of new players came in last summer and it's really hard to gel as a team when there are so many changes. We have got a young squad now and they will only be better for having had this season in the Championship.”

Argyle boss Paul Sturrock revealed he had to rely on his wife for Carrow Road updates.

“I didn't watch the game. I sat in one room while my wife and a friend were in another one,” he said. “I heard a lot of shouting in the second half so I could tell Reading had scored. My wife came in and told me it was 1-0, and she then returned later on and said it was 2-0 with 10 minutes to go.

“It's a huge relief for everyone involved with the football club that we are staying in the Championship. I'm especially pleased for the players because they have worked very hard throughout all the ups and downs of the season. They have responded properly over the last seven or eight games because we have gone to some difficult places and got results.”

Sturrock insists his men would have completed the job against the Tykes after last weekend's battling goal less draw at QPR.

“I was reasonably confident because three teams would have had to overtake us on the last day of the season,” he said. “It would have been nice if we had done it four or five weeks ago. But we live to fight another day and a lot of our young players will have learned a lot from this season. Now I have got the summer to get things sorted out so we are ready for the start of next season.”

Nottingham Forest counterpart Billy Davies labelled his side's own relegation reprieve as his 'proudest moment in football' after the Canaries' failure to beat Reading.

“I have no doubt it is my proudest moment in football so far and that says something when you look at my track record,” said Davies, who guided East Midlands rivals Derby into the top flight two seasons ago. “I am very proud to have kept this football club up. I am very proud of the players and very proud of everyone connected with Forest because this is an outstanding achievement.

“I have to say we owe a big thank you to everyone at the club, to the players, the coaching staff, the other staff and the fans.”

Davies avoided watching City's Carrow Road demise to spend his evening at the cinema.

“Don't ask me to tell you what a single moment of the film was about. I spent the entire time under my seat trying not to think about what was happening,” he said.

“A few years back, when I was waiting for West Ham to beat Ipswich to guarantee Preston a place in the play-offs, I went to the cinema. I did the same thing, it was my way of switching off and letting what would happen, happen. I have come out to so many messages congratulating us and I am so proud about that.”

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