Ben Godfrey believes Norwich City’s ability to get important results in pressurised situations will stand them in good stead for Sunday’s East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town (12pm).
City recorded an important triumph on the road last weekend as they beat Leeds United 3-1 at Elland Road to regain top spot in the Sky Bet Championship.
Godfrey believes the manner of that victory shows the team are growing as a collective.
“As nervous as you are in a game, you've got to look at getting a result in pressure situations and I think that’s what we did,” he said to canaries.co.uk.
“I think that’s why we played with such freedom. We stood up to the occasion and we played like we enjoyed it. It paid off for us.
“It was a nice change to have a bit more control over a game, compared to what we’ve had recently. I think as young lads, we’re maturing as well and that showed.
“To go to Elland Road and see out a game like that, there’s been games this season where at 2-0, you never know what could happen.
“To see that game out was such a good feeling, especially in that atmosphere as well.”
If Godfrey features on Sunday, it will be his second taste of the Norwich-Ipswich rivalry.
The 21-year-old came on as a half-time substitute at Portman Road in September and made an instant impression, earning a booking for a tackle on former Shrewsbury Town teammate Jon Nolan.
“Last year in League One, you could get away with tackles like that,” he continued. “I got the ball in the challenge and that wouldn’t be a free-kick last year.
“But in the Championship, they aren’t as lenient. That’s something I’ve had to learn.”
Godfrey says the Canaries are fully aware of the how significant the East Anglian derby is for supporters.
“I know how much it means to the locals around here, and as a team now, it means a lot to us too.
“We’ve got to win, not just because of the occasion but the league situation as well. It will be a good atmosphere and one that I’m looking forward to.
“We’re a good bunch of lads and we’ll give 100% on Sunday to get the job done for the fans.”