Norris wants to keep up the good work

IPSWICH TOWN: Blues midfield king pin David Norris wants to be free to walk around the streets tomorrow night.

He is likely to be one of Roy Keane’s senior players in the weakened starting line-up for tonight’s Carling Cup first round tie at League One Exeter City (kick-off 7.45pm).

And the 29-year-old knows the importance of carrying on the good work after an impressive 3-1 Championship victory at Middlesbrough at the weekend.

“The win at the Riverside made it a lot easier to go into work and to walk around the streets,” said Norris.

“We enjoyed our Saturday night as it was a great result and a great performance.

“It was a nice feeling and it’s just what we wanted to get points away from home in our first game.

“And against one of the better teams and after one of our strongest tests because I’m sure Middlesbrough will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.

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“But if we do badly at Exeter all that will soon be forgotten.

“We don’t want that.”

Norris is expecting a difficult match particularly with Carlos Edwards and Mark Kennedy joining Damien Delaney, Connor Wickham and Luca Civelli on the long-term Blues injury list.

“I’ve never player at St James’ Park but watched a couple of games when I was at Plymouth,” added Norris.

“It’s a massive game for them and I’m sure they will be up for it - as I was when I used to play against ‘bigger’ sides in cup competitions.

“It’s a potential banana skin for us, but if we are focussed and not complacent we can win through.”

Norris, who says that he is okay after suffering a stiff back after Saturday’s match, says he would like to see some new faces join the playing staff.

“The three new lads who have arrived during the summer have all settled in well,” added Norris.

“We have good lads and it’s a good dressing room to come into to.

“To bolster the numbers a bit would be good, but our youngsters are stepping up to the plate, which is good.”

And Norris revealed the important part young Luke Hyam is having in the side, going on:

“Neither Grant Leadbitter or myself particularly want to sit although we’ll do it of course if asked.

“Luke being in the team gives us the freedom to go forward – and it works well with Luke providing an outlet.

“What we need now is consistency as teams that win things are the ones who show the most consistency – starting with a good show tonight.”

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