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23 February 2017

Our guide to the Tractor Boys

NORWICH City host East Anglian rivals Ipswich Town on Sunday, February 26 (12pm) in the Sky Bet Championship. 

Here, we take a look at what City will come up against at Carrow Road.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is conscious that his side will need to keep a close eye on a certain Canaries playmaker when the two sides clash on Sunday.

"Wes Hoolahan for me is one who can be key for Norwich but they've got a lot of good players," McCarthy told the media on Thursday.

"It's a derby and we'll treat it that way. The points at stake are the same as any other game but we are well aware what it means to fans.

"We know the season hasn't been smooth sailing but winning against Norwich would certainly right a few wrongs."

The first East Anglian derby of the season ended all-square back in August, with the teams sharing the spoils following a 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Cameron Jerome gave City the lead after 26 minutes, silencing the home crowd by sweeping home via the post after a slick build-up down the right flank.

However, that goal was cancelled out on the stroke of half-time when Ipswich full-back Jonas Knudsen drilled home from the edge of the area.

Alex Neil's men could consider themselves unfortunate not to edge a typically feisty match, with substitute Steven Whittaker hitting the woodwork and seeing an effort cleared off the line.

The result extended City's unbeaten run against their rivals, having not been beaten by Town since April 2009.

Ipswich Town were founded in 1878 but didn't turn professional until 1936, subsequently being elected to join the Football League in 1938.

They have resided at Portman Road since 1884, becoming one of the first clubs to implement goal nets in 1890.

In 1995 Town found themselves on the wrong side of a record 9-0 Premier League thrashing by Manchester United, with Andy Cole scoring five times.

The Suffolk outfit have been in the Championship longer than any ever side currently in the division, having been ever-presents in the second tier since 2002.

City's Wes Hoolahan was once on trial with Ipswich, while defender Ryan Bennett was part of their Academy set-up as a youngster.

Goalkeepers: Dean Gerken, Bartosz Bialkowski.

Defenders: Steven Taylor, Jonas Knudsen, Luke Chambers (c), Tommy Smith, Christophe Berra, Jordan Spence, Adam Webster, Josh Emmanuel, Myles Kenlock.

Midfielders: Teddy Bishop, Cole Skuse, Paul Digby, Giles Coke, Kevin Bru, Grant Ward, Luke Hyam, Jonathan Williams, Jonathan Douglas, Andre Dozzell, Adam McDonnell, Danny Rowe.

Forwards: Leon Best, David McGoldrick, Brett Pitman, Freddie Sears, Shane McLoughlin, Tom Lawrence, Kieffer Moore.

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