Football - Whittaker keen to get on goal trail

Steven Whittaker is hoping to show Norwich manager Chris Hughton that he is a defender who can help share the club's goalscoring burden.

The full-back has been in and out of the team since scoring a splendid goal in the club's first Barclays Premier League match of the season against Everton.

At Carrow Road on Sunday against Swansea he will be striving to emulate the wonder goal he netted last term against Michael Laudrup's team which was the pick of the bunch in a 4-3 away victory.

Whittaker, a 29-year-old Scot who in 2009-10 scored 11 goals in a campaign for Rangers, said: "That was a nice run and finish last season. Obviously at Rangers we did a lot of attacking, so as a full-back you became that third man joining in to create chances and score rather than doing a lot of defending.

"It's a lot different down here. The competition's a lot harder. But it's something I enjoy doing, joining in and scoring goals if I can."

Norwich have not been blessed with too many goals this season, just 14 in 15 league matches, although the two they scored last weekend to defeat West Brom at The Hawthorns eased the pressure on Hughton and his management team.

It was a performance which boosted the confidence of Norwich in general, coming days after a damaging 5-1 defeat by Liverpool, and Whittaker in particular.

Whittaker said: "I have been outside(the first team) for a bit. I kept my head down, worked hard and waited for the opportunity. When the manager said I was going to play at the weekend I was pretty keen to impress.

"Maybe we got some luck on the day but we definitely worked harder than we probably worked in any other game. The manager showed us the stats and we covered a lot of ground. The application was there and there were a lot of positives. We were disappointed with the performance at Liverpool but the reaction has been the right one."

Norwich go into the Swansea match with the knowledge that they have never lost to the Welsh club in the Premier League, having won three of their four matches and drawn the other. A win would see them leapfrog Swansea in the table.

Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel could return to the squad after recovering from a prolonged toe muscle injury, although former Celtic frontman Gary Hooper is in a rich vein of form, having scored five goals this season. More pointedly, every time he has scored, Norwich have won.

Hughton, however, sees the former Celtic star as much more than a goalscorer.

"We know his qualities and that if we are able to provide the opportunities for him he has every chance of scoring goals," Hughton said.

"He's working hard. His fitness levels are very good but we have to provide him with a service. He is one of those players who can create something in very tight areas.

"I don't want to see Gary just as a goalscorer but as a hard-working member of the team. It says on his CV that he has always scored goals and, so long as we provide him with a service, you'd like that to continue."