Fab sets his sights on relegating Leeds

HAVING doused Norwich City's ambitions, acting Ipswich skipper Fabian Wilnis today set his sights on relegating Leeds.Wilnis was man of the match as the Blues hit back to draw 1-1 in yesterday's thrilling East Anglian Championship derby at Carrow Road.

By Elvin King

HAVING doused Norwich City's ambitions, acting Ipswich skipper Fabian Wilnis today set his sights on relegating Leeds.

Wilnis was man of the match as the Blues hit back to draw 1-1 in yesterday's thrilling East Anglian Championship derby at Carrow Road.

This earned then 2006/07 bragging rights over their Norfolk neighbours.

But 36-year-old Wilnis is in no mood to let go now.

He has surely done enough to earn a one-year extension to his contract, and he switched to Jason De Vos' central defensive role like a duck to water against City.

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“Leeds are fighting for their lives, and I have no agenda against them,” said Wilnis.

“But we have the bit between our teeth and if we play at Elland Road on Saturday as well as we have in the last few weeks I cannot see them stopping us getting a result.

“We have two games to play and we are up for both.”

Wilnis confirmed how proud he was to lead an Ipswich side out on such a significant occasion.

He has a history with Norwich having tipped them for immediate relegation after their last promotion to the Premiership.

Wilnis, who was proved right, added: “I have been with Ipswich for eight years, and walking out of the tunnel ahead of the team yesterday was one of my proudest moments.”

He confirmed that he is in talks with Ipswich about a new contract, and went on: “We conceded a sloppy goal when a central defender rather than a full back should have competed for a high ball.

“But we hit back to have the edge in the second period, and I expected us to nick it like we did 12 months ago.

“Darren Huckerby is a dangerous player, but he was Norwich's only serious threat.”

Wilnis made umpteen clearances and kept leading scorer Robert Earnshaw quiet in a superb end-to-end contest.

A draw was a fair result with David Wright scoring a 61st minute equaliser against a club where he was on loan for five games last season.

Dickson Etuhu had given Norwich the lead in the fifth minute, heading home a Huckerby cross.

CHAMPIONS Ipswich Town play their final Pontin's Holidays Combination east section game tonight when Northampton Town are the visitors to Portman Road (kick-off 7pm).

The Blues won the title in their previous match - a 2-2 draw at Luton Town - and are set to play one more game, a play-off against the south section winners.

Ipswich reserves, who have also won the Club Colours Suffolk Premier Cup, will be finalising their side later today.

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