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Grant Hanley: Fans give us the derby edge

14 February 2018

Grant Hanley wants to play his part in extending Norwich City's magnificent East Anglian derby run when they host Ipswich Town on Sunday (12pm).

The Canaries are unbeaten in the fixture since 2009, with James Maddison's goal giving them victory when the two sides met in Suffolk earlier this season.

Hanley featured in that match as a second half substitute, and is relishing the prospect of even greater involement this time around.

"I’ve played in those sort of games before and they are the games you want to play in," the 26-year-old told canaries.co.uk.

"The atmosphere the fans generated at Portman Road was special and I got a little taste of it. That’s made me want to experience it again.

"You could see what it means to the fans afterwards. We knew it would have been tough to take if we hadn’t won that game.

"When you win, it’s one of the best feelings you’ll ever have on a football pitch."

Hanley insists none of City's players are in danger of getting caught up in the occasion, with full attention being given to the job in hand.

"It’s important for the lads to stay focused because it’s such a huge game," the Scotland international added.

"It means a lot to a lot of different people. We all appreciate how much it means but it’s important to treat it as any other game and not let the game get the better of you.

"The game has an edge to it and it’s important to enjoy those moments because they're the ones you remember. The unbeaten run we've got in the derby is something the club and the fans are proud of and it's up to the players to keep the run going.

"I'm sure with the fans behind us on Sunday, we'll have an extra edge."

You can read a full interview Grant Hanley in this weekend's edition of 'OTBC'.


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