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24 February 2017

David McGoldrick looks ahead to Sunday's showdown at Carrow Road and says Blues go there in confident mood

David McGoldrick says he’s hoping someone can follow in the footsteps of Danny Haynes and help Town to derby glory this weekend. 

Blues go to Carrow Road looking for a first derby win since 2009 and a first on away soil since Haynes grabbed a last gasp winner in February 2006. 

Haynes went on to become a thorn in the Canaries’ side, earning the nickname ‘Derby Dan’ and Didz is fully aware of what the game means to the fans. 

“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,” the Republic of Ireland international told Ipswich Player HD. 

“I know about Danny Haynes and his goals against Norwich and I also know 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.”   

Team news
Steven Naismith is available for the Canaries after recovering from a hamstring injury. Ivo Pinto and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu could also be in contention.

Luke Chambers and Toumani Diagouraga have both missed training through illness this week. Freddie Sears is a concern with a groin problem while Teddy Bishop picked up a similar injury while playing for the U23s at Palace on Monday. Luke Hyam and Tommy Smith are both set to be in the squad after recovering from long term injury but Tom Lawrence misses out through suspension and Steven Taylor is still sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Where we stand 
Norwich - 8th 
Town - 13th 

Last time we met
Jonas Knudsen’s goal just before the break helped Town to a point in August against a Norwich side just down from the Premier League. Jonathan Douglas thought he had given Blues an early lead but it was ruled out, incorrectly as it turned out, for offside. The Canaries took the lead through Cameron Jerome before Knudsen levelled things up. Steven Whittaker hit the post in the second-half but Town edged the play and certainly deserved at least a point.

Key players 

Wes Hoolahan
The Republic of Ireland international arrived at Carrow Road in the summer of 2008, joining from then-Championship side Blackpool. He was inaugurated into Norwich’s Hall of Fame in March 2012 and with over 200 League appearances and 40 goals, he signed a new two-year deal earlier this season. Picked out by Town boss Mick McCarthy as a danger on derby day.

Freddie Sears 
Came in for the suspended Tom Lawrence against Leeds last week and took eight minutes to make his mark, putting Blues ahead in the 1-1 draw. Played in both legs of the meeting between the two clubs in the Play-Offs in 2015 and knows what atmosphere to expect at Carrow Road. Links up well with David McGoldrick and that partnership will be key to Town finding a way to goal.

Match officials
Referee:  Oliver Langford 
Assistants: Neil Davies and Matt Foley 
Fourth official: Simon Hooper

Sky Bet odds
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Ipswich Player HD will have live commentary from Carrow Road, kick-off midday and reaction from Mick McCarthy and the players on the full-time whistle. Our social media channels will also bring you every kick and all the reaction.

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