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Press Conference

Timm Klose: It's a huge game for us and the fans

16 February 2018

Timm Klose hopes a victory in the East Anglian derby on Sunday will set up the rest of the season for Norwich City.

City’s recent form has them sitting eight points outside the play-offs and Klose hopes he and his teammates can carry on their feel-good factor when Ipswich visit Carrow Road.

Speaking to the local media in Friday’s pre-match press conference, Klose said: “Of course it’s a different game. It’s huge for the fans and huge for us as well.

“We know if we win, it could give us a good push for the last couple of weeks with one eye on the play-offs.

“The couple of derbies I’ve played against them have been a struggle because they [Ipswich] know what to do in the Championship.

“They fight for the balls, fight for the little metres on the pitch. Sometimes it’s not pretty but it’s effective.

“I think for us, it’s important to take things game-by-game especially with the situation we are in at the moment.

“If we can win this game on Sunday which is a huge one for us too, that would give us another good push in the right direction."

City have recently switched to a back-three and Klose says he is enjoying the partnership being created between himself, Christoph Zimmermann and Grant Hanley.

“At the moment, it’s pretty good on the pitch," he added. "Each player has a good understanding, especially between us three at the back.

“It’s always good to have three centre-backs on the pitch because if one makes a mistake, you still have two centre-backs to clear the ball.

“That defensive thinking is also a positive thing to have in the team. Sometimes with all the quality we have up-front you need those players who think a little bit defensively and I think that’s an advantage for us at the moment.”

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