Norwich City’s snowball effect will soon melt away - Town star

IPSWICH TOWN: Brian Murphy has revealed that there is no talk on relegation in the Blues camp.

And the goalkeeper, who won his place back for the 1-0 defeat at Hull City last Saturday, sees Sunday’s Championship opponents Norwich City’s bubble bursting soon.

“We’ve lost three games in a row and apparently we’re rubbish,” said the 27-year-old.

“There’s been no talk of relegation in the dressing room – it has never come into it.

“If we are struggling after February, our fans can rightly have a go at us.

“It was weird to hear our own fans cheering Barnsley in the last home match, but we know if we beat Norwich it will give our supporters bragging rights, and that’s important.”

And talking of the Canaries, who have adjusted to life in the Championship well along with fellow promoted clubs Leeds United and Millwall, Murphy went on:

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“Norwich have done well. But it’s a snowball effect, which hasn’t yet melted and gone away.

“With West Brom in the Carling Cup quarter-final on Wednesday and Swansea at home next Saturday lunchtime some good results and it will put a totally different perspective on things.”

Four Blues players are set to reach their half centuries this month as the season comes to a head. Speedy Trinidad international Carlos Edwards is due to make his 50th appearance on Sunday while Damien Delaney, Jack Colback (both 48) and Connor Wickham (46) are also close to a half century of Town matches.

The Canaries are expected to set a new all-seater crowd record beating the 26,315 that watched last weekend’s Championship visit of Leeds United when their opponents brought 2,300 fans.

Ipswich have sold their allocation of 2,450 tickets with an attendance figure of 26,450 anticipated comfortably beating the 25,522 for the 2-0 Premiership win over Manchester United in April 2005.

Win, lose or draw on Sunday, the mood of Blues fans could be altered at tea time when the draw for the third round of the FA Cup takes place.

Town will be ball number 19 with Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Serge Pizzorno (Kasabian) pulling out the balls live on ITV at 5.45pm.

Third round games will be played on the weekend of January 8 and 9.

Carlos Edwards Ipswich Town appearance record:

League: 37 (8 subs), FA Cup 1 (1), League Cup 2 – with total of four goals.

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