Quinn not bothered by City's plight

ALAN Quinn celebrated yet another derby goal in front of his brother Stephen and has called on Ipswich to finish the season on a high.

Derek Davis

ALAN Quinn celebrated yet another derby goal in front of his brother Stephen and has called on Ipswich to finish the season on a high.

Quinn's equaliser after Dave Mooney had put Norwich City in front was the springboard for the Blues' 3-2 Old Farm derby win and he has no regrets if it helps send the Canaries down.

Town go to Cardiff on Saturday then entertain Coventry City on the final day of the regular season and Quinn's is looking for a repeat showing.


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He said: “I don't know who Norwich have next and I'm not really bothered.

“I'm just looking at us and getting another three points next week and finishing the season on a high.”

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Roared on by more than 25,000 of their own fans the Blues triumphed when Gio dos Santos scored from the spot followed by a Jon Stead finish even though Sammy Clingan pulled one back, also from the spot.

Quinn said: “The fans were brilliant - I just wish they were like that every week.

“The gaffer was under a bit of pressure but all week the training has been good and we have enjoyed it.

“The gaffer just said he would take the pressure and we should just enjoy the game and we did.

“It has been disappointing at home although our away from has been great.”

Quinn has previously netted in the Steel City derby, for both sides, but savoured this goal in front of his Sheffield United midfield playing brother.

He said: “It was a great win. I don't score many goals so I was delighted to get that one.

“It was a great ball in from Pablo and a lovely touch from Gio so I was pleased to get there and finish.

“We started the game very well and the only thing that was going to trouble us was set plays and it was a set piece and Mooney got a great head on it and they scored from it.

“We have come back in the game with my goal and then we have taken over the game and deserved to win it.”

The only black mark in an otherwise impressive display for the Irishman was when he conceded the last-gasp penalty after a push on Alan Lee.

He admitted: “It was stupid. I don't know what I was thinking. I thought I could beat Big Al in the air but I didn't. Maybe the referee thought he would even it up with the penalty but we hung on for the last couple of minutes.”

“It was a bit harsh although I did have my hands on him he fell over easily for a big lad.”

Quinn had no doubts though that Kevin Lisbie's penalty was rightly given.

He added: “It was a definite penalty to me with Kevin and I thought the referee was going to send the keeper off. It looked a straight red card but he never [gave it]. I was happy he gave the penalty and it was a great take by Gio.”

Unusually for the Blues they formed a pre-match huddle and Quinn explained: “Ben (Thatcher) took it upon himself to get us all together and said a few words. He said we had let the gaffer down last week against Doncaster and it was up to us.”

Quinn will get a chance to see his brother tonight as the Blades take on Reading in a live televised game.

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