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Carlos Edwards knows fans want to ‘hammer’ ex-Norwich City boss Paul Lambert

09:00 04 January 2013

Carlos Edwards

Carlos Edwards


Aston Villa v Ipswich: An FA Cup giant-killing won’t be the only thing on the minds of the 3,000 Super Blues travelling to Villa Park tomorrow.

The third round of the famous old competition will also give Town fans a chance of pay-back against Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert.

The Scotsman masterminded Norwich to successive promotions – in the process beating the Blues 4-1 and 5-1 during two dark days in the 2010/11 season.

Now Mick McCarthy’s men have a great chance to inflict more misery on the Premier League strugglers – and the fantastic travelling Town support the ideal opportunity for some revenge.

This fact is not lost on skipper Carlos Edwards who admitted: “I think most fans will travel just to hammer Lambert!

“For fans, it is a bit of a revenge. We will go there as players, not to get one over Lambert – we want to win the game first and foremost. We will leave the hammering to the fans and the players will hopefully do it on the pitch.”

McCarthy will ring the changes for tomorrow’s cup clash, revealing that Scott Loach, Michael Chopra and full debutant Elliott Hewitt will start while Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Luke Hyam are also expected to be given a chance to stake their claim.

Regardless of the personnel, the Blues skipper has called on the team to put in a performance befitting the biggest club cup competition in the world.

Edwards said: “A victory on Saturday, and a good run in the Cup, could kick-start the second half of the season.

“I haven’t ever had a good FA Cup run, it is something I would love to achieve in my career. But everyone should be bothered by this prestigious cup. I would chew someone’s hands off to play in the FA Cup. It is shown all around the world.

“As a player if you are not interested in the FA Cup, I don’t think you should be playing. I just hope the lads are really up for it.”

McCarthy added: “I’d like to beat Villa, but there will be a lot of changes – some through necessity, some through me wanting to have a look at some.

“I want these players to make a difference and have an impact. You only get one opportunity to make a good first impression. They have to make sure they take it.”


  • norwich finished up with a better manager and i can understand what he says at post match interviews.

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    david peters

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • An insignificant match as far as our season is concerned, the league is our main priority and Mick is correct, if reports are true that players are to be rested.. This will be Aston Villa reserves v Ipswich reserves.

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    jungle boy

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • This match is of no relevance to town, their main objective is to perhaps stave off the abyss and relegation.

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    ged scott

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • For the 1st time in my life will be an Ipswich fan tomo...a slightly sickening feeling, but I'm hoping for a 6-0.

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    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • I'm sure most fans just want to see Town win & Norwich lose - wasting time holding grudges against former emplyees of the latter for simply doing their jobs seems rather pointless.

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    Old Timer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Personally i think Lambert made the biggest mistake of his life going to Villa he had a job for life at Norwich but he has a reputation for walking out he did it at Colchester . Villa have a real chance of being relegated and he will almost certainly be out of a job. This game is not about revenge its all about beating a premiership team so COYB and do the buisness.

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    max ward

    Friday, January 4, 2013

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