Exclusive interview with long-serving defenderADAM Drury is sure the Carrow Road crowd will roar its team on in this weekend’s play-off semi-final second leg against Ipswich Town.
All ground tickets are taken for Saturday’s return fixture (12.15pm) as the Canaries look to claim a victory over their fiercest rivals that would send them to a Wembley final for the first time in 30 years.
Drury, who played 361 times for the Canaries between 2001 and 2012, has followed the Club closely this season after retiring in September, and he is certain that Alex Neil’s men will get the fans’ full backing.
“On Saturday the atmosphere is going to be brilliant. Everyone is going to be behind the team and that’s what it is going to need, everyone pulling in the same direction,” he told canaries.co.uk in an exclusive catch-up ahead of the game.
“No matter what happens in terms of how the game’s going, that’s what you want. I know that’s how the Norwich fans will be – they were like it when I was there and they’re still like it now.
“Because of the magnitude of the game, there are going to be moments where passes go astray or things aren’t going quite to plan, and that’s when that crowd can make that bit of difference.
“There were games before when we were on the back foot, but then the roar from the crowd gives you that little bit more to help you get over the line.”
The former left-back was part of the last City team to compete in the play-offs back in 2002, before captaining the side to the Championship title in 2004.
After Paul Anderson earned Ipswich a draw at Portman Road in last Saturday’s first leg, Drury believes the tie is perfectly poised, adding: “I think it was a fair result. Going ahead was a good thing for Norwich but then they conceded just before half-time, which was unfortunate.
“Being away from home and the way the atmosphere was, you’d take that and then hopefully you can get the job done at home.
“I don’t think you could have set it up any better really, for a home leg. Everyone knows what’s at stake. It’s easy to say but you’ve got to try to not get too tense. The more relaxed you can be, the better you’re going to play. I’m hoping the Norwich lads do that.”
“It couldn’t have been scripted any better by a writer.”
The Canaries had to settle for place in the end of season knockout format despite an impressive charge for automatic promotion under Neil, who was appointed as Neil Adams’ replacement in January.
Drury is full of plaudits for the job the Scot has done, commenting: “The turnaround since the new manager has come in has been remarkable. Just the general feel about the place, and obviously the way they’ve played, has been better.
“When they have lost a game or drawn, they’ve bounced back straight away. He’s got them playing for him, and that’s what you need as a manager. You need to get everyone going in the same direction and he’s done that.
“They’ve been doing all their talking on the pitch. Hopefully they can do that for a couple more games.”