Grant Hanley reveals all about his dramatic derby day heroics

Grant Hanley is up for the challenge of tackling Championship table toppers Wolves. Picture: Paul Ch

Grant Hanley is up for the challenge of tackling Championship table toppers Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's imposing centre back Grant Hanley tried to suggest his cool derby assist against Ipswich Town was a con job.

Hanley's retrieval work tight to the byline deep in stoppage time, and then pinpoint cross for Timm Klose to inflict more pain on the neighbours, bore the hallmarks of a clinical forward.

The Scottish international admitted appearances can be deceptive.

'It was a bit of a blur really. It is a situation I don't really find myself in,' he said.

'I was just trying to keep it in, was the first thing, and then to stick a cross in between the posts and hopefully someone will be there and big Timm got his head on it.

'It was a good feeling. We can take massive confidence from that.

'Wolves is another test and even though we had that high at the final whistle (on Sunday) all the lads will tell you we have to back that up now.

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'Credit to the boys to concede that late and still find that wee bit to come back.

'It really shows the character we have in the group here. If it had finished 0-0 we would have been disappointed, with the way we played in the second half, because their keeper had to make a couple of good saves from Madders' free kicks and we had one or two other chances.

'It was up there with the only other big derby I have played in, which was Blackburn versus Burnley.

'It was definitely up there with that one. I said beforehand these are the games and that is the atmosphere you want.

'That feeling at the final whistle is what you strive for.'

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Hanley is under no illusions such exertions are far from ideal preparation for Wednesday's trip to the runaway leaders.

The 26-year-old made his first Norwich start in Wolves' 2-0 league cruise at Carrow Road earlier this season but Hanley is confident City can produce a stronger showing at Molineux.

'If you are not 100pc at it you are in for a tough game and they were good at Carrow Road. But we feel we are a better team now,' he said.

'We'll play our game and look for a positive result.

'We've been good away from home this year - solid and organised.

'Wolves is a good team, but the pressure is on them.

'It's up to us to put what we've been training for on the park to get a result. We're on a good run which we need to keep going.'

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