Haynes looking for a derby hat-trick
DANNY Haynes is looking to complete a unique hat-trick by playing - and scoring - against Norwich City on Sunday.The 18-year-old, who bagged his second senior Town goal in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United on Tuesday, has already scored against the Canaries this season when Town Reserves beat them 3-0 at Portman Road.
By Derek Davis
DANNY Haynes is looking to complete a unique hat-trick by playing - and scoring - against Norwich City on Sunday.
The 18-year-old, who bagged his second senior Town goal in the 1-1 draw with Leeds United on Tuesday, has already scored against the Canaries this season when Town Reserves beat them 3-0 at Portman Road.
He also starred in the 1-0 Academy under-18s win over City in front of more than 3,000 fans at Portman Road, playing a part in Billy Clarke's winner, and he also netted for the youngsters against Norwich last season.
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Now Haynes is looking to complete the set with an outing and goal at Carrow Road, despite going off injured on Tuesday.
Haynes said: “It would be an unusual hat-trick and I'm looking forward to it. I have had a good record of scoring against Norwich so getting one for the first team against them would be amazing.
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“I may be from London but I know how much these derby games mean. I love playing in them and have done well scoring for the Academy and the Reserves.”
The Londoner, who started his career as a trainee at Charlton playing as a defender, even spent a trial period with Norwich City in March 2004, before signing for the Blues as a midfielder a month later.
Although a former England youth player, Haynes' rapid progress has surprised even himself, but he feels he is maturing nicely, since making his debut at Leeds in September, and then playing in the youth team match against City.
Haynes said: “I feel I have developed since that game. I'm still the same person but my football has progressed and that has given me extra confidence.
“It has been an amazing four months since I made my debut. I did not think I would have played as much as I have done.
“When people get injured you have to take your chances and I have tried to do that.”
The fleet-footed forward bagged his second Town goal on Tuesday, following his opener against QPR last December in just his third substitute appearance.
He admits he is still learning and in new signing Alan Lee, he has another good teacher.
Haynes added: “I was searching for another goal so it was great to get that and after getting my first I know I can get even more.
“You always learn from the experienced player and with me playing the same position as Alan he is a great player to learn from.
“I don't mind being the target man or coming in from the right. I just want to play.”
Although Haynes limped off with suspected cramp in the draw with Leeds, he is confident he will be fit for Sunday's derby game.
Haynes went on: “We have got a great chances of kicking on and getting into the play-offs. We have played really well in the last few games and that has given us all extra belief. We really think we can get to the play-offs.
“There is always a team that emerges from the pack and I don't see why that can't be us.
“It is about belief. We believe that we will win games and we should have won against Leeds so now we feel we can go to Norwich and do well.”
Blues Reserves lost 4-0 against Coventry City at Rugby Town's Butlin Road, last night.
Sito Castro and Kevin Horlock completed 90 minutes in what was a disappointing performance against the Sky Blues second team.
Ipswich Town Reserves: Price, Moore, Sito, Skard, Casement, Mitchell, Peters, Horlock, McDonald, Proudlock and Knights. Subs: Trotter, Peturrson, Clarke, Short and Lordan.