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26 February 2015

Essential reading on the Canaries' East Anglian rivals


Nickname: The Tractor Boys
Manager: Mick McCarthy
2013/14: 9th
Ground: Portman Road
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 44 miles (1 hours 14 minutes)

Ipswich Town continued their Sky Bet Championship promotion bid on Tuesday night with a 4-2 win over Birmingham City at Portman Road to stay within five points of leaders Derby County.

That result followed a 1-0 home defeat to Reading three days earlier, with the Blues having lost four of their last nine league matches.

Town edge the head-to-head record between the two teams with 40 victories to City's 37, although the Canaries have won the previous three meetings.

Those clashes include Norwich's 1-0 success at Portman Road in August, as Lewis Grabban's header took the visitors to the top of a fledgling league table. Read the Match Report from that gameHERE.

The last time Ipswich visited Carrow Road, a rampant home side ran out convincing 4-1 winners courtesy of a historic hat-trick from striker Grant Holt.

City have avoided defeated when hosting their Suffolk neighbours since 2006, and have been on the wrong side of the result in Norfolk just twice since 1992.

Mick McCarthy has been at Ipswich since November 2012, helping to steadily transform them from relegation candidates to promotion hopefuls.

The 56-year-old came back into football management with the Blues after a brief spell out of the game following an largely successful six-year stint at Wolverhampton Wanderers, which had ended nine months earlier.

Born in Barnsley and graduating through the Tykes' youth system, McCarthy represented the Republic of Ireland at international level 57 times during a distinguished playing career as a central defender.

He retired in 1992 while at Millwall, but immediately took over as the Club's manager ahead of leaving the post in 1996 to succeed Jack Charlton as Ireland boss.

McCarthy guided the Green Army to the second round of the 2002 World Cup, only to see his side cruelly eliminated on penalties by Spain prior to resigning from the role later that year.

Returning to domestic football, he took Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Premier League in 2006 and 2009 respectively, but was dismissed by both when facing the prospect of relegation.

Since taking the reins at Portman Road, McCarthy has amassed a win percentage of just over 42 per cent in all competitions with 50 victories from 119 games.

Goalkeepers: Dean Gerken, Bartosz Bialkowski, Paddy Kenny, Michael Crowe.

Defenders: Jonathan Parr, Tyrone Mings, Luke Chambers, Tommy Smith, Christophe Berra, Sean St Ledger, Ben Wyatt.

Midfielders: Cameron Stewart, Cole Skuse, Paul Anderson, Stephen Hunt, Richard Chaplow, Kevin Bru, Jay Tabb, Luke Hyam, Alex Henshall, Dylan Connolly, Eddie Bishop, Matthew Clarke, Darren Ambrose.

Forwards: Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Luke Varney, Noel Hunt, Freddie Sears, Darren McQueen.

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