Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says: New blue hero needs to step up to restore pride

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After three long years, the East Anglian derby finally returns to Portman Road on Saturday (12.15pm).

Following those two heavy defeats under Paul Jewell in 2010/11, which I’m sure we will be reminded of from the away end, it is time to restore some pride.

Christophe Berra’s injury-time equaliser at Birmingham City on Tuesday will be a world away from going into the derby cauldron on the back of three straight defeats.

The 2-2 draw featured some now very uncharacteristic defensive lapses.

We will need to raise the performance level considerably for Saturday though, while we cannot let the missed chances, which cost us in the 1-0 weekend defeat at Reading haunt us again.

David McGoldrick is so important to this side, and it was sensible to start him from the bench on Tuesday after being thrown back into the action after his six-month lay-off.

But he has to start on Saturday alongside Daryl Murphy against Naarwich.

Paul Anderson made a good return on Tuesday, with two assists and I would keep him in and start Alex Henshall, but I’m sure Mick McCarthy will stick with steady Jay Tabb.

Conor Sammon’s arrival on a season-long loan from Derby gives us more depth, following Paul Taylor’s loan to Rotherham, but leaves us with a player in a very similar mould to targetmen Murphy and Balint Bajner.

I totally agree with the decision to let Frank Nouble move on, he has the ability to unsettle defenders with his pace, but does little else to convince me.

Alex Mathie and Danny Haynes are two who have become heroes with derby performances, with Bryan Gunn on the other side of the coin.

Now it’s time for a new hero in blue to emerge.

n Blues stat: Ipswich hold the edge of the Old Farm Derby, with the Blues having won 60 to Norwich’s 55, with 26 of the games having ended in a draw.