Marshall ready for Norwich hate mob
ANDY Marshall will return in goal for Ipswich in Sunday's all-important East Anglian derby.Marshall, axed for the weekend home draw with Grimsby, will be back to face former side Norwich.
By Mel Henderson
ANDY Marshall will return in goal for Ipswich in Sunday's all-important East Anglian derby.
Marshall, axed for the weekend home draw with Grimsby, will be back to face former side Norwich.
Town boss Joe Royle has yet to go public with his decision, but I understand Marshall will get the nod ahead of rookie James Pullen.
And the 27-year-old keeper knows exactly what to expect upon his first return to Carrow Road since his free transfer move to Ipswich in 2001.
Marshall said: "If I'm playing I know I will get a hostile reception. I am not naïve enough to think otherwise.
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"I know I upset an awful lot of people in Norwich, but hopefully there will still be a few who will chat to me!"
Marshall was the fans' choice as Player of the Year in his final season with the Canaries and made a total of 219 appearances for the club.
His home debut was in a 2-1 win over Newcastle on December 31, 1994, when he was given a standing ovation for his heroic efforts.
But he admitted: "I am under no illusions about going back. I know I caused a lot of grief among supporters, but being voted Player of the Year means I must have done something right.
"I signed for Ipswich because I wanted Premiership football, a bigger contract and a better career.
"Nowhere along the line did I tell Norwich I would re-sign for them. I always made it clear to the management at the club that I would be moving on.
"I know people like Nigel Worthington and Steve Foley don't hold anything against me and I still have a lot of friends on the playing staff.
"Supporters may think I misled them, but that is not the case. They may have wanted me to stay, but I made my decision.
"I know I'm not the most popular person around the place but that Player of the Year trophy is still my most prized possession."