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19 August 2016

Forward relishing intensity of derby clash

NORWICH City have the qualities required to come out on top in Sunday's East Anglian derby at Ipswich Town (12pm), according to striker Cameron Jerome.

Bragging rights have largely remained in Norfolk in recent years, with the last meeting between the side's seeing City clinch a place in the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship play-off final with a 4-2 aggregate victory over two legs.

Jerome himself netted the final goal of that second clash, and he told the media on Thursday: "Everyone is talking about the match and that's the kind of pressure you want as a player.

"It's intense and I'm sure it will be a daunting task for us to go there on Sunday and get a result. Personally, I thrive under that pressure because I find it exciting.

"All the ingredients are there for it to be a good game. We've had the upper-hand in the last few years so hopefully we can continue that.

"We'll look to be aggressive and take our game to them. Anything can happen in a game like this, so we've got to be prepared.

"A few centre-forwards over the years have had a good record against Ipswich. Hopefully I can add to that."


Alex Neil's men go into the contest in impressive form, having taken seven points from their opening three games of the campaign.

Hitting the ground running has further bolstered confidence within the Canaries' ranks, as Jerome explained: "Morale is high because we're pleased with the start we've made.

"We worked hard in pre-season and the first few games have been pleasing. We've kept clean sheets and with the attacking force we have throughout the squad we can really hurt teams this year.

"There's two games before the international break which we want to get positive results from. If we're able to get a couple more wins then we can say it's been a good start."

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