Anderson: ‘Apparently Ipswich Town are a small club, no-one expects us to beat Norwich’
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Ipswich Town goalscoring hero Paul Anderson has heaped the pressure on Norwich City ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final second-leg, insisting no-one expects “little” Ipswich to reach Wembley.
Substitute Anderson cancelled out Jonny Howson’s opener for the Canaries at Portman Road on Saturday, to leave the semi-final in the balance at 1-1, ahead of Saturday’s return fixture at Carrow Road (12.15pm ko).
The Blues’ starting XI that took to the pitch cost just £110,000, whereas Norwich had the luxury of £5m striker Gary Hooper on the bench, the relegated Canaries benefiting from hefty Premier League parachute payments.
Anderson, who replaced Luke Varney in the first half – the on-loan Blackburn striker snapping his Achilles tendon – said: “No-one expects us to win, no-one expected us to be in the play-offs, but we are here and we are loving it. The boys are 100% confident they can do it.
“All the pressure is on Norwich, they’re the favourites to go up, they finished third and should have got automatic promotion and they’ve got money to burn.
“We are small Ipswich apparently, so all the pressure is on them and we’ll be looking forward to the second leg, there will be no better place than their patch to do it (reach Wembley).
“Obviously Norwich have got the Premier League parachute payments and have had a taste of the Premier League, but Ipswich is a massive club, the history is huge, and when I say ‘little’, it’s a small town and what the club has achieved for a small town is unbelievable.”
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Town finished eight points adrift of Norwich at the end of the season and lost both league games to the Canaries, 1-0 and 2-0.
However, the Blues have garnered results against the best – notably promoted duo Bournemouth and Watford – who dropped a combined eight points against Mick McCarthy’s this season.
“We know we are a good team, regardless of the money we have spent,” explained Anderson, who twice lost Championship play-off semi-finals with Nottingham Forest.
“We might not play the fanciest football but we get the job done and today we showed we can play good football at times.
“We won’t be setting out to try and nick a result, we feel we can comfortably beat Norwich.”