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Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says: City are favourites, but we can’t be complacent

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman

If last weekend was the biggest East Anglian Derby in a generation, then this weekend’s second leg already eclipses it.

With the tie evenly poised at 1-1, both teams will know just how close they are to reaching the Wembley final.

It goes without saying that not winning was a disappointment but the draw was probably a better result for Norwich.

It was important not to give Ipswich a lead to protect going into tomorrow’s match at Carrow Road, as we’ve seen at times this season how City can struggle to penetrate a team who essentially park the bus.

It was always going to be a cagey affair at Portman Road but I would have liked to have seen us bring the ball down and play a bit more in midfield.

We did have more of a control over the ball when we brought Wes Hoolahan on in the second half but the decision to not include him in the starting line-up for a bit more steal in midfield was an understandable decision — especially with the physical threat of Mick McCarthy’s side.

The man who came in, Alex Tettey was fantastic and the key to winning that midfield battle.

Although I would consider us favourites, winning the tie is no foregone conclusion.

For me, I would bring Wes back into the side and look to take a grip on the tie early on.

If we can get the first goal, Ipswich will have to come and attack us and hopefully with the guile of Wes and the pace of Nathan Redmond we would be able to catch them on the break and finish off the tie.

I remember the play-off final in 2002 and the sea of yellow and green that engulfed the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, and now we’re just 90 minutes away from being able to watch the Canaries at the home of football.

For a lot of Norwich fans, that is a lifelong dream and a dream that is so close, yet so far.

Whatever happens, let’s create a raucous atmosphere at Carrow Road and back the boys until the bitter end.

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