Angus Gunn won't let his heart rule his head when Norwich City face off against Ipswich Town in the East Anglian derby at Carrow Road on Sunday (12pm).
The self-declared City supporter grew up watching his boyhood team contest derbies, but went several steps better in October by operating between the sticks as they earned a 1-0 victory over Mick McCarthy's side.
Despite his unquestionable allegiances, the 21-year-old remains fully aware he has a job to do once this weekend's game gets underway - and professionalism significantly overrides emotion.
"The supporters went home happy and hopefully we can emulate that this weekend. We deserved it on the day so now we just need to get our heads down and focus on this game.
"Before and after the game, it definitely means a lot more to me than most other games. Being a fan, I've got good memories of recent years.
"As soon as it gets to 12 o'clock, I've got to focus on my job and treat it as any other game."
The young stopper believes there is more at stake than the traditional bragging rights, with the knowledge a win would lift Daniel Farke's men above their biggest rivals in the league table.
"We've just got to focus on the task because the main thing for us is the three points," he added.
"We're in good form and are working well in this formation. It's worked pretty well and in the last few months we've kept quite a few clean sheets.
"Going into a derby game it doesn't really matter how you're playing, it's just about getting the job done on the day. We have to focus."