Manager previews Saturday's trip to Ipswich TownNEIL Adams was in no mood to downplay the importance of the East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town as he gets ready to lead the Canaries at Portman Road this Saturday (12.15pm).
City make the short trip down the A140 for the first meeting between the two sides for over three years, and their manager reflected the supporters’ passion for the fixture when speaking to Norwich City TV ahead of the game.
“I’ve played in many of them, I’ve watched many of them and now we’re going to go down there and be coaching and managing in one of them. I know exactly what it means to the supporters,” he said.
“People outside of East Anglia often don’t understand how big it is. They have the Manchester derby and the Merseyside derby and the Midlands derbies and many others, but the Norwich/Ipswich rivalry is just as fiercely contested.
“Both sets of supporters want it as much as anything else. They’re great to play in once you’re out there you’re involved in it. Probably watching is not the easiest bit. They’re huge games and we know exactly what it means to the Norwich fans.”
After successive home wins against Watford and Blackburn Rovers and the boosts brought by newcomers Carlos Cuellar and Cameron Jerome, Adams says the Club is in good shape heading into the weekend.
“It’s not bad going into it on the back of back-to-back home wins and six goals as well,” he added.
“The atmosphere we’ve seen at Carrow Road, particularly on Tuesday night – it’s a good place at the minute. The spirit is there, the desire is there, they want to play and put right the wrongs of relegation.
“I don’t know whether there’s a good time to play the derby, sooner rather than later I don’t know, but we’re confident going into it.”
Despite the inevitable extra focus on Saturday’s match, Adams insists he will stick to the preparation methods that have helped reap rewards in the last week.
“We’ll treat it the same as any other game,” he explained.
“We’ll work out how we can hopefully win the game and take all three points.
“I watched their first game on TV and they looked competitive and organised. I think one thing we’re guaranteed from Ipswich on the day is 100% commitment and desire, which we have to match and better.
“They’ve got talented players but like I’ve said all along, it’s about us. It’s about how good we are, and if we’re at it and we play as well as we have done in the last two games then we’ll be confident to win the game.”