‘You could say the pressure is on Ipswich’ – Farke says there’s no favourite for East Anglian derby
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke believes the pressure is on Ipswich Town heading into this Sunday’s East Anglian derby at Carrow Road (12pm).
The Blues haven’t won against their cross-border rivals since April 2009 – losing six and drawing three of the meetings which have followed, including a two-legged Championship play-off semi-final.
Currently locked on 44 points slap bang in the middle of the second-tier table, it is the Canaries who go into this latest clash in the better form.
Farke’s men have lost just one of their last 10 games in all competitions (W5 D4), having twice drawn against Chelsea in the FA Cup, recently beaten Brentford (1-0 away) and Middlesbrough (1-0 at home) before coming from behind to draw 1-1 at high-flying Derby last weekend.
Town, meanwhile, have lost five of their last 10 (W2 D3) and go into this game off the back of a limp goalless home draw with rock-bottom Burton.
“Perhaps you could say the pressure is on Ipswich now to show a reaction,” said Farke, whose side won the reverse fixture 1-0 at Portman Road last October courtesy of James Maddison’s strike.
“We have a home game, we are in a really good shape and we know we can play in a self-confident way but in a derby there is no favourite. It is a special day for both clubs.
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“We can feel it every day now. The players are getting more excited and there are a few nerves.
“It is always an exciting week.
“We know the games against Ipswich are the most important of the year. Thankfully we had a brilliant away win and felt how nice it was to celebrate with our fans and make them happy.
“We know what it means to the supporters and we want to give them the same feeling.
“It also helps if the players feel how important it is for everyone who works at the club and the fans. It gives them extra motivation.”