Norris expects Blues to face torrid time

DAVID Norris has warned his Ipswich Town team-mates they face a torrid time at his old club as they go chasing just their second away win of the season.

Derek Davis

DAVID Norris has warned his Ipswich Town team-mates they face a torrid time at his old club as they go chasing just their second away win of the season.

Norris signed for the Blues in January for a Plymouth record fee of £2m and knows first hand why teams go to Home Park in trepidation.

Although they only get around 10,000 fans in the old stadium the Argyle supporters help create a hostile atmosphere in a far-flung ground that few enjoy playing at.

Ipswich have one there once in seven visits, when Darren Currie scored both goals in a 2-1 victory back in January, 2005, and have been held into a draw on the last two trips.

Norris said: “It is true, we're all expecting a really tough ride on Saturday Some of the lads in the side who've played against Argyle at Home Park before I joined, told me how much they hated having to go there.

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"They said 'it's a long, long way to find a team in your face every minute of the match and the fans on your backs, too'.

"And given that the manager (Sturrock) is absolutely brilliant at making his team hard to beat, it'll be the same again for us on Saturday.

"But, of course, I'll be putting in 100 per cent for Ipswich to try and get the points to move us up the league."

The 27-year-old became a firm favourite during his six year stint at Plymouth after signing for them from Bolton for £25,000, although he Trotters got a hefty chunk of the sell on fee when he moved to Ipswich.

It will obviously be am emotional return to the south-west for Norris when town fly down there this afternoon but Norris is confident he will get a friendly reception.%3Cbody%3E%3Cdiv%20id%3D%22adDiv%22%3E%3CA%20HREF%3D%22http%3A//

He said: “It will obviosuly be emotional IIt is quite daunting and at the same time also really weird thinking about going to a place that was home for me for so long.

"Although I'd been with Bolton permanently and had loan spells at a couple of other clubs before joining Plymouth I think of myself as a one-club player before joining Ipswich. And that club was obviously Plymouth.

"I have great memories of playing for Argyle and like to think I had a great rapport with the fans.

"The Green Army were great to me in what was about five-and-a-half years at Plymouth and I really appreciated their support.

"I remember, particularly, when we played up at Portsmouth in the FA Cup earlier this year (January 26) and it seemed that I was about to be transferred.

"And even though everyone seemed to know that I'd be going, the Green Army gave me a great reception.

"That will stay with me forever."

Norris is expected to start for Town after being left out of the 16 for Ipswich's 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

Norris picked up a slight knock in the 2-2 draw with Swansea, but was passed fit on Monday.

He and Iván Campo were both fit but rested and manager Jim Magilton is expected to make a couple more changes to his starting side tomorrow.

Ben Thatcher is back in full training but it is unlikely he will be ready for a return to the squad this weekend.

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