Norwich City's fans have played a huge part in the Canaries' push for Championship play-off qualification, according to Grant Hanley.

The Carrow Road faithful were openly criticised by head coach David Wagner as recently as February after a 4-2 win over Watford, but the German has been generous in his praise since then.

Norwich captain Hanley also believes the club's supporters deserve credit for the atmosphere they've created in recent weeks, calling the recent 1-0 defeat of Ipswich the best he's experienced since moving to Norfolk in 2017.

"Every footballer and everyone who's played the game will tell you how big an influence fans can have, how big an influence the atmosphere around the stadium has," he said. "That can really help you.

"There have obviously been times this year where we've been struggling and the atmosphere hasn't been great.

"Credit to the lads for digging in and turning that around. None more so than against Ipswich, which was the perfect example of that.

"I'm not quite sure I've seen Carrow Road like that before, and without doubt it had a big part to play in how the game went."

The 32-year-old has had to miss out on that atmosphere for the large majority of the season as he's struggled with his fitness, but he's proud of the performances his team-mates have produced.

"When you’re injured your schedules are different, but you still have an overlap at the training ground in the week and you get to spend time with the lads," he continued, speaking to the Pink Un.

"Obviously I’m always in the dressing room and stuff at home games, trying to help with what I can and get involved with what I can.

"But it is difficult, and you feel like first of all you want to contribute on the pitch and you want to be doing your job, especially as one of the senior players.

"That’s something that I’ve found difficult, but it’s accepting that and trying to help in whatever way possibly off the pitch.

"The lads have done excellent. It was difficult for us, but I think the character we've shown and the improvements we've made. We've put ourselves in a position now where the play-offs are in our control."