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Teemu Pukki says derby atmosphere will spur City on

31 August 2018

City striker Teemu Pukki is looking forward to his first derby game and believes the rivalry and atmosphere will spur his team on for a win.

The Canaries take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Sunday (kick off noon), in the first East Anglian derby of the season.

And Pukki, who joined City in the summer after spending the last four seasons playing for Danish Superliga side Brondby, said fans have prepared him for the importance of the game.

“Before I came I had heard about the derby and knew that it was the big game here,” he said. “I was told by fans many times to make sure we beat Ipswich and there are some construction workers where I live who also told me that we have to beat them.

“In Denmark there is a really big derby between Brondby and Copenhagen and there were some really good games with a good atmosphere. It is never easy to play, it is always a special game and atmosphere, so I am really looking forward to seeing the derby here. The atmosphere makes the game more intense and I like it.”

The Canaries have not lost the derby match to Ipswich for the last 10 games, and Pukki believes the confidence picked up from Tuesday’s away win at Cardiff City will help them on the pitch.

“It was a Premier League team and a win away 3-1 and I think we could have scored a couple more goals too,” he said. “It’s important for the team to get the third win and it is nice to go through to the next round of the cup as well.

“Ten games is a lot of games and I heard last season it was close [between Norwich and Ipswich] and in the end we got a draw. I believe the pressure is more on them to win this game.

“But the game starts 0-0 so we need to work hard and play our good game. And it is important for us to get the points too so we are going there to win.” 

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