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19 August 2016

Former winger no stranger to derby meetings

DARREN Eadie says keeping 'cool heads' can be the deciding factor when Norwich City visit Ipswich Town in the East Anglian derby on Sunday (12pm).

The former City winger progressed through the Academy system at Carrow Road in the early 1990s, making his senior debut in the UEFA Cup against Vitesse Arnhem in 1993.

He went on to feature in a number of clashes against the Tractor Boys, and exclusively told "Staying on top of your emotions can win you the game.

"It's a big occasion, especially for the fans, and there's always an edge to it. It's important to stamp your authority on the game while keeping cool heads.

"When you're brought up in the area or come through the youth system, you automatically know what it means. All players quickly realise the intensity of what it's like though, once they've lived here a while.

"The players want to uphold that and make sure their team comes out on top. There's an opportunity to make yourself an absolute legend in one game, which is what players thrive on.

"If you score against Ipswich, you'll be remembered for ever. Scoring in the derby is probably the best feeling I ever had as a player; it's everything."

Eadie will be present at Portman Road on Sunday, forming part of Sky Sports' matchday coverage of the Sky Bet Championship clash. 

"It's great to do, but being a fan or working in the media is very different to being a player in terms of the build-up," he explained.

"As a player you used to be in a bit of a bubble in terms of being aware of it but being away from things. Watching it is far worse as it's out of your control, whereas as a player you can decide your own destiny.

"I obviously want Norwich to win but genuinely do wish Ipswich all the best. For me, there would be nothing better than a derby back in the Premier League.

"Norwich look very capable this season, although derby games are a great leveller. I'm more than hoping we've got enough to get that away win though." 

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