City striker completes personal derby double

LEWIS Grabban claims Norwich City's 2-0 win over Ipswich Town on Saturday was for the supporters after once again playing a key role in an East Anglian derby success.

The 27-year-old bundled home from close range in the second half to put the result beyond doubt following Bradley Johnson's 24th minute opener, having also scored the winner in the reverse fixture at Portman Road back in August.

Victory saw the Canaries leapfrog their local rivals into third place in the Sky Bet Championship, and after the game Grabban told Norwich City TV: "I'm happy for the fans because they've got to brag twice now.

"It feels good to score, but it's better to get the win against a close rival. I'm just happy to get the win, and the three points.

"Cam [Jerome] has cut inside and gone for the shot so I'm obviously going to go for the rebound. Fortunately enough it came off me, and I was able to get the goal.

"We coped with their threats quite well, and in the end our little bits of quality came through and we got the goals."

The former Bournemouth forward has been in fine form lately, scoring five times in City's last five outings in a run which has formed part of a six-game winning streak.

However, Grabban claims individual success is of less importance than that of the team more generally ahead of facing Wigan on Wednesday night, commenting: "We're winning games, so that’s the main thing and scoring goals is secondary to that.

"I’m just happy we’re in third position and hopefully we can keep going to get into that top two. This is when it matters; we’ve got 12 games to go and hopefully we can continue this form.

"Alex Neil has got the lads going, and we're responding to him, which is evident from the results we've had. He makes it clear he wants hard work, then after that our qualities come through.

"Every game at this time is going to be tough, especially now we've moved up into the higer part of the league. Everyone's going to raise their game, so it's only going to get more difficult.

"We just have to keep trying to get results."
Wigan Athletic, Wednesday March 4, 7:45pm


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