Dereham boss looking for Norwich City upset in cup
Dereham Town boss Matt Henman believes 'attack may be the best form of defence' ahead of the Magpies' Norfolk Senior Cup fourth round tie at home to Norwich City this evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
While Dereham will be underdogs going into tonight's match they need look only as far as last season for inspiration when they beat the Canaries in the semi-final of the competition at Carrow Road before going on to beat King's Lynn 4-1 in the final.
Much will depend on the kind of side Norwich decide to send to Aldiss Park but Henman is hopeful of causing another upset.
'We always try to be organised and we have got to try and stop them but we also have to try and impose ourselves on them,' he said.
'We have to try and get our dangerous players on the ball and may be attack is the best form of defence for us.'
Dereham currently sit in fifth place in the Ridgeons Premier League but Henman admits this evening's clash will be competely different to the type of football they face on a weekly basis.
'The game is going to be very different to what we normally play but I think it has come at a good time for us. We have been a bit inconsistent in the league recently and it maybe gives us a chance to take a bit of momentum in the league.
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'I'm sure whatever side they put out will be a strong one. Their movement on and off the ball will be something that we're not used to in the Ridgeons League and it will be interesting to see how we respond to it. Hopefully, we will be able to cope.
'The most important thing for us is to work really hard and make sure that we don't make it too easy for them. I think it's going to be a brilliant game of football.'
The Canaries are likely to send mostly youngsters for the tie although manager Paul Lambert could be tempted to give the likes of Aaron Wilbraham, Adam Drury and Simon Lappin some game time.
Academy boss Ricky Martin took charge of last season's game between the two sides and looks likely to take the reins once again.
But whatever side the Canaries bring down, Henman is hoping for a bumper crowd.
'There's quite a few games on but I think ours is the best of the bunch – it's a good chance for people to see us up against really quality opposition.'
Elsewhere in the competition, Norwich United are at home to Diss and the Planters are boosted by the return of Adrian Ager and Lee Hunter.
They also hope to see midfielder George Wilson return from injury but will have to wait on a last minute fitness test.
United will be out for revenge over the Tangerines after a late winner saw Diss take all three points in their league encounter in October.
Ridgeons Premier League leaders Wroxham travel to Fakenham
In the league, Wisbech will be looking to get their campaign back on track following defeat at home to Brantham when they entertain CRC.