Lee gets Huckerby's vote

Canaries legend Darren Huckerby says ex-Tractor Boy Alan Lee can smash his way to Norwich City hero status on Sunday.Huckerby was the last man to score a City winner at Portman Road, but says he's dreaming of only one scoreline on Sunday - and it's Lee who makes his dream come true.

Canaries legend Darren Huckerby says ex-Tractor Boy Alan Lee can smash his way to Norwich City hero status on Sunday.

Huckerby was the last man to score a City winner at Portman Road, but says he's dreaming of only one scoreline on Sunday - and it's Lee who makes his dream come true.

“We can do it,” said Huckerby. “I think it will be a tough game but hopefully we can nick it - Alan Lee, one nil.

“I think he's a great addition to the squad. He gives you something that we haven't had for a little bit.

“He just has to go and put himself about and smash a few people.

“Even though he played for Ipswich I have always liked him as a player and I am sure he will forget all previous ties and go and knock a few people about, which you do need.

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“He is pivotal, he will be a massive factor in this game. Without him we haven't got the presence I don't think to win the game. He has to go and be nasty - that's what he's good at, that's his job and it would put them on the back foot.”

Huckerby also insists that one of his former team-mates, at the other end of the pitch, will have a big role to play.

“Jason Shackell has been immense since he came back - it just shows what a ridiculous decision it was to let him go, but he has come back and he's shown everybody what I always knew - that if he gets his head sorted out he could be a Premier League player. But he has got to do it more often and he's got to believe in himself, and I think he has done since he came back.”

Huckerby is currently back in California with the San Jose Earthquakes, but keeps a close watch on the affairs of the club he served so well for almost five years - and he knows the consequences should City lose on Sunday.

“The consequences of us not winning are disastrous,” he said. “There is no other word for it.”