‘I have the wolf from Wolves breathing down my back... it’s up to me to deliver’ - Holy on his form and battle with Norris

Tomas Holy (main image) knows he must be at his best to keep Will Norris (inset) out of the Ipswich

Tomas Holy (main image) knows he must be at his best to keep Will Norris (inset) out of the Ipswich Town team. Picture: ROSS HALLS/PAGEPIX - Credit: Archant

Goalkeeper Tomas Holy knows he needs to be at his best week in, week out if he is to keep his place in the Ipswich Town side ahead of Will Norris.

New Ipswich goalkeeper Tomas Holy being coached at Burton Albion. Picture Pagepix

New Ipswich goalkeeper Tomas Holy being coached at Burton Albion. Picture Pagepix

Holy has started the Blues' first three League One games, making good saves in each, but also having some nervous moments both in terms of commanding his penalty areas and his kicking.

He's likely to start again tomorrow night when Town host AFC Wimbledon, but the Czech goalkeeper knows he has serious competition in the shape of Wolves loanee Norris.

"I didn't expect it to be easy for me here like it was at Gillingham and, when he came in he was literally 'the wolf from Wolves' and he's breathing down my back," Holy said.

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Summer signing Tomas Holy has started Ipswich's first three league games. Photo: Ross Halls

Summer signing Tomas Holy has started Ipswich's first three league games. Photo: Ross Halls - Credit: Archant

"He (Norris) is so good, so good. But I think it's great for both of us because we push each other higher and higher and focus on the small details of things to try and get better.


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"We need to be better than we have been before if we want to be the No.1. We both want to be and that will push us on higher.

"I am 100 per cent sure he will get other chances, hopefully not in league games but definitely he will in the cups," he joked.

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"But it's up to me. If I do good performances the gaffer won't have a reason to change it, although he definitely will for cups which is a normal thing in every club.

"It will be an opportunity for Will who is breathing on my back.

"I have to focus on my job, that's it."

When asked if he is happy with his form at the start of his Ipswich career, the 27-year-old said: "My problem is that I'm a perfectionist and there are not too many times I'm happy with my performances and I always think I can do better.

"Last season I played around 50 games and maybe two or three times I felt I did really well and could be pleased with my performance.

Will Norris will battle Tomas Holy to be Town's first choice keeper. Picture: ITFC

Will Norris will battle Tomas Holy to be Town's first choice keeper. Picture: ITFC - Credit: Archant

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"Even after a clean sheet at Burton there were still things to work on, especially that thing that happened at the end (when his kick was charged down by Liam Boyce and fortunately dropped wide of the post). Let's not talk about that.

"Against Sunderland maybe I could have had better positioning before the goal we conceded and I still think about that. At Peterborough maybe for the second goal I could have done better, I don't know.

"It's kicks and decisions and things like this. People who have never been in goal might think it's a good performance but I say there are details that can be better for me."

Will Norris will battle fellow summer signing Tomas Holy (pictured) for the goalkeeper's spot. Photo

Will Norris will battle fellow summer signing Tomas Holy (pictured) for the goalkeeper's spot. Photo: Pagepix

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