first_imgMick McCarthy is relishing leading Ipswich into battle against East Anglian rivals Norwich in the Championship play-offs.The Tractor Boys will head into the two-legged clash as the underdogs, having finished eight points behind the third-placed Canaries in sixth and having lost both their meetings with their neighbours this season.But while McCarthy has been mightily impressed by the job his managerial counterpart Alex Neil has done since arriving at Carrow Road in January, he insists Norwich hold no fear for his side.“They have beaten us twice, but I don’t think it does us any harm to be honest,” the Irishman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of Saturday’s first leg at Portman Road.“They have been outstanding since he [Alex Neil] came in and they beat us there [at Carrow Road] 2-0, but we didn’t really play against them.“I would have thought most people, innocent observers who have no vested interest in the game, will be thinking it is going to be Norwich [who win] so happy days [for us].“Norwich have got a terrific squad. We have got a squad that has been put together for next to nothing. We have spent £110,000 – £10,000 on Tyrone Mings and £100,000 on Freddie Sears – but it is brilliant.“We have got a great squad of lads. They are a real joy to work with, they all fancy it, they all want it, and every week they give everything.”last_img read more