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BOSS: FANS CAN MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE

19 August 2016

Mick hoping for repeat of Play-Off atmosphere but wants no derby day fear factor

Mick McCarthy is relishing Sunday’s derby and is looking for the Blue Army to repeat the atmosphere of the last clash between the teams at Portman Road. 

Paul Anderson’s goal gave Blues a 1-1 draw in the Play-Off semi-final first-leg against Norwich in May 2015 in front of a passionate home support.   

“I remember walking out for the Play-Off game here against Norwich and it was a fantastic occasion,” the Town boss told the Club website.

“It was a real ‘hairs standing up on the back of the neck’ moment. We need that level of support again on Sunday. It really can make a difference to the players, to all of us.               

“We’ve been looking forward to the game and I hope the supporters are as well.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of derbies in my career and sometimes you get the feeling amongst supporters that they are looking forward to it on one hand, and not looking forward to it on the other. 

"There is almost a ‘scared to get beat’ worry but you’ve got to play the game to win it. The rewards are there if you do, the brickbats are there if you don’t but that’s football and games like Sunday, big games - that’s what we are in football for.”

Kick-off at Portman Road is midday. It’s an all-ticket game. The Fanzone opens at 9.30am, with alcohol served from 10.00am. Live music will be provided by Talk of the Town.


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