'I've got no doubt we'll come through with a win' - Jamal Lewis ready for his derby debut
PUBLISHED: 21:54 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 21:57 15 February 2018
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Jamal Lewis admits excitement is building ahead of his first East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town on Sunday.
The 20-year-old has taken most things in his stride since an impressive step up to the senior ranks in recent weeks, but a tussle against City’s bitter rivals will be new ground.
“It would be the first derby I’ve been involved in so I’m looking forward to it,” he told the club’s official site.
“I’ve never even played one at youth level as Ipswich aren’t in our category. I’m totally looking forward to it, particularly with us having home advantage at Carrow Road.
“Everything we’re doing this week is working towards the game and the anticipation is building. Everyone knows what they’re doing and what they’re supposed to do.
“We’ve got a couple of new additions which has given us fresh legs. There’s always something special in the air for derby games, it’s a beautiful thing.
“Every game means a lot to me though, whether it’s a derby or a friendly. I want to play every game with the same intensity and mentality.”
Lewis has already proved he can handle the biggest stage after his goalscoring antics at Chelsea in a televised FA Cup replay.
“It was a great ball in from Timm (Klose) and it felt like it was in the air for a long time,” he said.
“When I saw it go in, it was a great moment and I felt we deserved to go through.
“If we can replicate those kind of performances in the league, we’ll rack up more wins. We’ve got to focus on that now.
“For the last few games, we’ve had a real togetherness about us. If we have that against Ipswich, I’ve got no doubt we’ll come through with a win.”