Alex Neil lays down Ipswich derby day gauntlet to his Norwich City squad

Cameron Jerome lashes home Norwich City's equaliser in Tuesday's 2-1 Championship win at Blackburn.

Cameron Jerome lashes home Norwich City's equaliser in Tuesday's 2-1 Championship win at Blackburn. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil has challenged his Norwich City players to seal the deal and cap a superb week for the club in the Championship promotion stakes by beating bitter rivals Ipswich.

The Canaries have triumphed on the road at both Watford and Blackburn over the past six days to set up an epic Carrow Road derby clash against Town on Sunday.

Norwich will climb above Ipswich if they complete another league double, and strike a major blow in the race for the Premier League.

'It's a great game to be involved in. I am really looking forward to it,' said Neil. 'More importantly than playing well is winning the game. I think if you play well and get beat then no one is happy so we have to make sure we are ready and do our very best.

'We said this would only be a good week if we picked up a fair amount of points and performed well otherwise it could have gone the other way and be disheartening for us. I am confident with these lads. Everyone can see how hard they are working.'

Neil insists City's promotion rivals will be well aware the Canaries are now on a charge after seven wins in nine games since his arrival.

'I think the teams around us already know what Norwich is capable of,' he said. 'I don't think any of them will be under any illusion if we really hit a bit of form and top gear then we will take some stopping.

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'We have given ourselves an opportunity to catch teams above us. We know the task we have got. We had no room for error when I first came in, but if we are neck and neck with six or so games left then it's a mini league. The bottom line is now if we win more games than Watford and Brentford we stay above them. That wasn't the case before.

'If we can get ourselves into a better situation again, where with eight or so games to come we are in that mini league and level pegging with the guys at the top end, we would fancy our chances.'