Ipswich Town have eyes on sweet revenge

Ipswich Town wide player Carlos Edwards has claimed that the Tractor Boys are on a revenge mission in tomorrow's East Anglian Championship derby return against Norwich.

Ipswich Town wide player Carlos Edwards has claimed that the Tractor Boys are on a revenge mission in tomorrow's East Anglian Championship derby return against Norwich.

Edwards was part of a visiting side humbled 4-1 at Carrow Road in November and admitted he was surprised by the intensity of that cross-border battle.

'I've played in a few derbies for Sunderland and they are crazy but I was surprised how intense the match was against Norwich,' Edwards told the club's official site.

'It was a great atmosphere but we didn't match up to the occasion. It was a poor performance from us but hopefully we can go some way to putting that right against Norwich on Thursday.

'It gives us a second bite of the cherry. Norwich are going for promotion so that adds a bit more spice to it as well. I'm sure it will be a good game, an exciting game but the supporters probably won't mind too much what the game is like as long as we win. You are aware of the importance to the supporters. You want the victory for them.'

Town boss Paul Jewell is looking forward to his first taste of East Anglian derby action. Jewell has guided Town to mid-table safety after succeeding Roy Keane at Portman Road but the Tractor Boys could move within just three points of the play-offs if they inflict a derby defeat on the Canaries. However, Jewell knows the size of the task ahead.

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'We know we've got a massive game on Thursday,' he said. 'It's a local derby and people have been telling me since I got here that the atmosphere's going to be sensational.

'We've got a very tough game against a really good team in Norwich and it's a game which we're really looking forward to.

'We've been on a decent run. I think our away form has been really, really good. I think we're difficult to beat. Thursday is a big game for the fans as well as the players against Norwich and all our energies and focus must be on that, not looking back.'

Ipswich clinched a fourth win in their last five league games at Bristol City on Saturday with another wonder strike from teenage sensation Josh Carson. The Northern Irishman had scored twice in his third senior game for the club during Ipswich's last home league win against Crystal Palace earlier this month.

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