Mick McCarthy says Saturday’s tie against Lincoln captures the magic of the FA Cup.
Town host the National League leaders who are chasing a return to the EFL they left in 2009 and they will be backed by the biggest travelling support to visit Portman Road since the stadium went all-seater in 1992.
“I think the competition lost a bit of its magic a few years back. With what is at stake in the Premier League, the interest from the big clubs got diluted a little. I can understand that but over the last two or three years, that magic seems to have come back,” writes the Town boss in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.
“Games like this one certainly capture what the FA Cup is all about. Lincoln are bringing close on 5000 fans I hear. They are flying at the minute, top of their league and will be confident and ready to give it a real go.
“Their players will relish the chance to show what they can do and they will believe it’s a game they can win.
“It’s one of those banana skins of a tie for us so we have to be professional and get the job done.
“It’s big game for us and it’s important that we win it. We want an FA Cup run. The Club has not had one for a while and if you get a run going, it can spark off something in the league as well.
“It should be a great atmosphere for a proper FA Cup tie.”
A crowd of close on 15,000 is expected at Portman Road, with tickets priced at £10 adults; £5 concessions; £2 U16s.