David Wagner admitted an epic Championship derby against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road this weekend offers the perfect pick-me-up, after Easter Monday's 3-1 defeat at Leicester City.

The Canaries’ play-off charge was dented in a lacklustre offering, despite Gabby Sara’s first half opener. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Stephy Mavididi and Jamie Vardy sealed a Foxes comeback to add even more spice to the title-chasing Blues’ tussle on Saturday.

Wagner is in no doubt his side will respond, with pride and points on the line against their rivals.

“100pc. Come on. It is derby time, Carrow Road, home game. Everyone, us included, are looking forward to Saturday, and then we will be ready to compete again,” he said. “Nobody knows for one sure what the focus would have been if we would have won or drawn this game.

"Now it was a defeat. Good to clear everybody's head, to show and speak about what we have to do better, and what we have done better in recent weeks and months. And then go for it. We have to make sure that we are top in both departments - in ball possession and out of ball possession and we have a few days to prepare.

“Leicester was huge, and against Plymouth was huge, and we had some huge games before the international break.

“From where we came from, every game in the last three or four months was huge. This is why I have so much trust and belief because we've lost games on this journey but we always recovered and were able to go for the next one.

“Speak about it, speak about the truth what we have to do better, where we were not at our usual levels, speak about our demands as well. And then obviously it is derby time on Saturday. It's a huge one.

"It's up to me to make sure that everybody should have the biggest fire in his belly, but we have to be calm in our head as well. Because at the end of the day, it's about the three points. And this is what we will fight for.”

Wagner confirmed after defeat in the East Midlands that Ipswich’s visit will come too soon for wide player Jon Rowe, who scored twice in the Portman Road league draw earlier this season but is in the final stages of his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Emergency centre back Jacob Sorensen suffered a suspected hamstring problem 10 minutes into Monday's Leicester defeat, and will now be assessed fully by the club’s medical department in the coming days.

Wagner spoke to the media on Monday afternoon at the King Power stadium