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MICK RELISHING EXTRA BUZZ OF DERBY DAY

24 February 2017

Boss looking for Town to right a few wrongs for the season at Carrow Road

He may have been a manager for near on 25 years but Mick McCarthy says he still gets that extra buzz when approaching a big game like Sunday’s derby. 

The Town boss takes his side to Carrow Road for what will be his sixth East Anglia showdown and he is relishing the challenge, having admitted he has been surprised by the intensity of the occasion. 

“The TV cameras will be there on Sunday, there will be a bit more tension in the air, a lot of expectation. It’s a big game, a great game to look forward to and I much prefer that,” the Town boss told Ipswich Player HD. 

“Everywhere I have been, people think their derby is the biggest and it is to them but I was surprised at the intensity in our derby when I first came here. 

“Both Ipswich and Norwich are known for being friendly clubs, nice friendly places - except when they come up against each other. I wasn’t aware of that. 

“There is extra pressure on the game on Sunday because we all know what it means to the fans. 

“I wouldn’t think either set of supporters will be completely happy with the way their season has gone so it’s a chance for us to right a few wrongs perhaps.

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

Subscribers to Ipswich Player HD can watch the full interview with Mick now. The channel will also carry live commentary of the game, kick-off at midday.      


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