Norwich City’s Alex Neil is ready to play his part in an Ipswich show-stopper

Norwich manager Alex Neil is looking forward to pitting his wits against Ipswich. Picture by Paul Ch

Norwich manager Alex Neil is looking forward to pitting his wits against Ipswich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil vowed Norwich City will be ready for the biggest duel in East Anglian derby history when they face Ipswich in the opening leg of their Championship play-off semi-final.

City famously claimed the notable scalp of their bitter rivals on the way to lifting the 1985 Milk Cup, but the mega-money on offer for reaching the Premier League ups the ante for Neil ahead of Saturday's trip to Portman Road.

The 33-year-old is ready for a titanic two-legged battle as he bids to emulate his success in leading Hamilton to play-off glory 12 months ago.

'The magnitude of this game is a bit different. You have something like £100m riding on it, instead of up the road you had something like 10 bob,' said Neil, after Norwich's 4-2 weekend win against Fulham saw them finish third in the final league table. 'What is at stake is slightly different but regardless of the monetary prize at the end of it what drives me and the lads is wanting to play at the highest level. That is what we are here to do.

'I have been told this is the biggest derby between the clubs and we are really looking forward to it. It definitely adds something because a derby is an emotional occasion. We know what it means to the fans and I can assure everybody it means a hell of a lot to me and my players. We'll be ready to go to get us two results.'


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