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Dereham set to savour Carrow Road showdown

PUBLISHED: 20:09 06 February 2011

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Dereham Town are looking forward to facing Norwich City in the Norfolk Senior Cup semi-final at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, pleased to be underdogs.

Magpies’ boss Matt Henman said: “I think the lads will enjoy being the underdogs. Last year we were firm favourites and were beaten by Mattishall so I think it will benefit us to be the underdogs.”

“It will be a great occasion, I am sure,” he added. “The lads are looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to be involved in something really special. Everybody is dying to play.

“There’s a good relationship between the clubs. We play Norwich City in pre-season friendlies but this is the real thing. At the end of the day, we want to win and they want to win. It’s a great opportunity to get to the final.

“We need to enjoy the occasion. We’re hoping for a lot of support at Carrow Road. I think there’s a lot of interest in it.”

Henman was pleased with Saturday’s 0-0 draw with in-form Stanway in the Ridgeons Premier, keeping a clean sheet despite going down to ten men after half an hour and Shaun Marshall saving two penalties.

“It was a fantastic performance and superb commitment,” he said, adding that it had given them confidence for the big game.

“We had ten men in the second half – it was a really gutsy performance and a great away point. We were looking for a good reaction after last week’s loss and it felt like a win for us.

“Ian Morgan got a red card for a tackle, a really, really harsh decision. We dug in and created a couple of chances. In the second half there were two very harsh penalties, Shaun Marshall saved them.”

He pointed out that Stanway, although in the bottom half of the table, had recently started getting good results - including beating Wroxham the previous weekend - after a new manager came on board and it was a much-changed squad.

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