Darren's Derby vow
DARREN Currie has promised the Blues' fans that the players will be coming out 'all guns blazing' for Sunday's clash against Norwich City.The midfield maestro sees the East Anglian encounter as the biggest derby match of his long career and is determined the Town fans will be walking home with local bragging rights.
By Derek Davis
DARREN Currie has promised the Blues' fans that the players will be coming out 'all guns blazing' for Sunday's clash against Norwich City.
The midfield maestro sees the East Anglian encounter as the biggest derby match of his long career and is determined the Town fans will be walking home with local bragging rights.
Currie said: “By hook or by crook, we have to win this game.
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“Believe me, I know how much this game means to the fans and I can tell you it means the same to us players.
“For me, it will be the biggest derby match of my career by a million miles and I'm really looking forward to it.”
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While Currie, who played a part in both Blues' goals against Southampton on Tuesday with his corners, accepts a win is still just three points, he knows the game is much more important than that.
He said: “I know from a footballing point of view it should be about the three points and, to an extent, maybe it is but, if we win, everything else doesn't matter.
“Fans will accept us playing poorly but, most of all, we have to show the determination and will-to-win against our biggest rivals.
“People want to see those tackles going flying in and total effort. I know that is how it should be every game but in these big derby games it is vital.
“It is probably the one game of the season when performance can go out the window because the result is paramount.”
The Blues have had mixed news on the injury front, with a scan on Fabian Wilnis' groin injury showing it is not as bad as first feared and the defender's personal target of being back by the Leeds United game is now thought to be feasible.
Dean Bowditch also had a scan on a sore thigh but is fine and has also got over a knock to the head that left him dazed for much of the second half on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, an X-ray has shown Ian Westlake's ankle injury is worse than first thought and he is likely to be out for another eight weeks.
Blues boss Joe Royle continues his search for reinforcements but, while he hopes he can bring in a goal-taker and an energetic midfielder before Sunday, it would not be the end of the world if that didn't happen.
He said: “We are still trying and hope something can happen before the weekend, although it is looking less likely.
“If nothing happens, it is not terrible because we are looking for an edge rather than it being a problem.
“We are not far away as a team and we played some pretty good stuff in parts the other night.
“It is good news about Fabian and Dean, although Ian will be out longer than we thought.
“Dean will be fine for Sunday and I'm confident he will do well soon. All he needs is a first-team goal because we know he has the talent - all he needs is an end product.”
n There are still tickets available for Sunday's game, which is a 12pm kick-off due to police advice and is not being shown live on television, with about 400 clear-view and 1,000 restricted view seats on sale.
There will be no cash turnstiles on Sunday, so supporters have to pre-book today or tomorrow morning.