Boss expecting big match atmosphere and has preparations in place if it goes to penalties
Mick McCarthy is expecting a hostile atmosphere at Carrow Road on Saturday - and he will love it!
The Town boss will lead his side into the most important East Anglian derby ever with the teams locked together at 1-1 and a place at Wembley at stake in the Play-Off final.
Norwich will kick-off as favourites but Mick is not fazed by that or the prospect or the game going to penalties.
“It will be an electric atmosphere I’m sure,” the boss told the Club website.
“Their supporters will be hostile towards us but you get that when you are away, especially big derby games. When you add in the millions that are at stake it just adds to it all.
“It will be a fantastic occasion, a real big match atmosphere and I love that.
“There wasn’t a lot between the teams last week and it could go to penalties at the weekend, or it could be settled in 90 minutes, or 120 minutes. Who knows?
“We will see but we have to prepare for penalties in case that is what happens. All the players have been taking them in training and I’ve been saying to them ‘don’t worry, there is only £130 million on it!’
“You can sort out which five players will be taking them to a degree but what if it goes to seven, eight, nine penalties or more?
“If you are knackered after 120 minutes and you can’t start giving the ‘keeper the ‘eye’ and try to fool him into going the wrong way, then just smack it. If you hit the target, I'll take what happens.”
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Norwich: Lewis Grabban completes his three match suspension for his red card at Rotherham and will miss the game.
Town: Luke Varney is expected to be out for six months with a ruptured achilles sustained during the first-leg at Portman Road last weekend but Town have no new injury concerns.
A foot in both camps
David Wright and Alan Lee are now working as coaches for Town’s Academy. Both are former Blues, both scoring in derby games for Town. Wrighty was on target in the 1-1 draw at Carrow Road in April 2007, with Alan opening the scoring in a 2-2 draw at the same venue seven months later. Whisper it but they both also had loan spells in the yellow and green shirt as well.
Referee: Roger East
Assistants: Mark Scholes, Michael Salisbury
Fourth official: James Linington
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