David Wagner is convinced Norwich City will show their ‘real face’ for the biggest East Anglian derby in a decade against Ipswich Town.

The Canaries’ Championship play-off push stalled in a 3-1 Easter Monday defeat at Leicester, but later defeats for Coventry City, Preston and Hull meant they remain four points clear of the chasing pack in sixth spot.

Ipswich’s late comeback to sink Russell Martin's Southampton kept Kieran McKenna’s side top of the pile, to set up a Carrow Road epic on Saturday.

Both clubs are chasing promotion to the Premier League for the first time since the Canaries’ knocked Town out at the play-off semi-final stage in 2015, on the way to Wembley success.

“We are better than what we've shown (at Leicester),” said Wagner. “We know what went wrong. We know how to put it right. The target is to finish in the top six. And this doesn't change because of one result.

"Now it's about showing your real face on Saturday, in another big game which we have at home. Because it is a derby it is more noise, more excitement, which I totally get, but it is up to me to make sure we are calm.  

“I have so much trust and belief in the guys, after what they've shown in recent weeks and months, that we will recover.”

Wagner was unhappy at City’s passive play in possession against the Foxes.

“We were below-par and this was, apart from the result, maybe the most disappointing thing,” he said. “Against Leicester you will have to defend for a spell, maybe even a longer spell, which is totally fine if you are well-drilled and organised, which we were, but then in ball possession you have to put your passes together, you have to show some qualities, some bravery, some individual moments as well where you impress yourself.

“That doesn't mean automatically we should have won the game, but we should have competed more in ball possession against them. It can happen. I quickly can put this to bed because we will speak about the truth.

"The truth is there were some positives, but in ball possession we were below-par and not good enough to get some points.”