Ipswich pair keen to topple Norwich; Hoolahan hopeful

Date published: Saturday 25th February 2017 2:52

Mick McCarthy: Feels pressure is on Norwich

Striker David McGoldrick and his manager Mick McCarthy are confident Ipswich can claim a first win against Norwich since 2009 in Sunday’s East Anglian derby at Carrow Road.

The Canaries, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, are just outside the play-off places in the Sky Bet Championship having endured a miserable run of three wins in 14 league matches between October and January.

They have returned to form of late, having won four and drawn two of their last seven matches, but Town forward McGoldrick claims his team-mates are relishing the trip.

He told Ipswich Player HD: “I have been here four years, I know how important the match is to the supporters. It’s the first game they look for when the fixtures come out.

“We haven’t beaten them in a while. It’s going to be a tough game, we know that. The onus is on them. They are at home and have slipped away from the play-offs just lately.

“We are playing well though and all the lads are looking forward to it. We go there in confident mood and we believe we can bring something back for the supporters.”

Ipswich boss McCarthy, whose side have lost once in their last six games, is wary of the threat posed by the Canaries but also believes they can take something from the game.

“We know Norwich are a good side. I thought, with the start they had, they would be in the top six,” he said.

“It’s not worked out like that at the moment and people might say there is extra pressure on them with them seven points adrift, but there is pressure on both teams, it’s a derby.

“We go there in confident mood though.

“We have played well in our last four games and should have had more points than we’ve got. The ones we have got are precious points, though, and we need to be at that level again on Sunday. I’ll settle for that.”

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan has never tasted defeat in the derby and hopes that run can continue.

He said: “We’ve had a good record against them over the years.

“It’s a special occasion, you only get two a year so you’ve got to enjoy every minute of it. The play-off games were great to be involved in but you move on and worry about the next one.

“Where we are at the moment, we have to win games. We’ll take each one as it comes and the next one is Sunday so it’s the most important one.

“Everyone’s going to be up for it and we’re looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully we can get the three points.”

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