Lewis desperate for City to stay up and give him a derby return
Chris Lakey Joe Lewis says he'll be backing boyhood hero Bryan Gunn all the way tonight - because he wants to achieve his ambition and play Championship football at Carrow Road.
Joe Lewis says he'll be backing boyhood hero Bryan Gunn all the way tonight - because he wants to achieve his ambition and play Championship football at Carrow Road.
The 21-year-old from Broome, in Norfolk, helped Peterborough secure their second promotion in a row on Saturday with a 1-0 victory at Colchester and has set his sights on a return to the club where his career started as a budding eight-year-old.
"I had a season ticket at Norwich when I was 10, 11 years old and watched Bryan Gunn in goal and he was always an idol of mine," said Lewis. "To see him managing the club is brilliant and I have really got my fingers crossed for him more than anyone else that they stay up.
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"I'd love to play against Norwich next season. I am a born and bred Norfolk lad. I want to play at Carrow Road.
"A few years back it would have been ideally for Norwich, but I'm happy to go back there and play against them and hopefully try and get six points, home and away.
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"I'm still a Norwich fan. I'd like to see them stay up - especially now that Glenn Roeder has left the scene."
It was Roeder who sold Lewis to Posh in January last year - before he had ever made a senior appearance for the Canaries - Darren Ferguson splashing out a club record �400,000 fee - but it was a move which divided opinion among City fans.
But while Lewis was initially unhappy over the way he had been treated, he admitted after the game on Saturday that it could not have worked out better.
"At the time no, I wasn't too happy, but it was the best thing I could have done, it was the best decision I could have made," he said.
"I have come to Peterborough and played regular first team football. I haven't missed a game since I came here and at Norwich I don't think I would have got much first team football, certainly not as much as I have here and to get back-to-back promotions is beyond belief really.
"I'm absolutely delighted - it couldn't have gone any better. I think realistically we were looking at the top six, but obviously we wanted to get as far as we could.
"But we've done everything that was asked of us this season and more and to get promoted with a game to go is a massive achievement for the club and everyone associated with it."
It was a comfortable Posh victory in front of 1,500 travelling fans, with Lewis only really troubled in injury time when a Mark Yeates shot fizzed over his bar.
"I had it covered," he joked. "No, it was very, very close - as it left his foot I thought, 'I'm going to have to go full length here', and I think it wasn't far away from going in, but you get those bits of luck and in the grand scheme of things I think we deserved to win quite comfortably - 1-0 was quite flattering to them really.
"But we won, got the three points and clinched promotion, which is brilliant for everyone."