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Ipswich Town v Norwich City

21 August 2016


THE SPOILS were shared in the East Anglian derby as City played out a 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Both goals came in the opening 45 minutes, with Cameron Jerome firing the Canaries in front prior to Jonas Knudson drawing the hosts level on the stroke of half-time.

Ipswich were the better team in the early throes; they had a goal chalked off for offside and were causing problems through Daryl Murphy, but when the Canaries got the ball down they always carried a threat.

Their opening goal, four minutes before the half hour mark, came as a result of a flowing move - Ivo Pinto and Wes Hoolahan were both involved, with Jonny Howson teeing up Jerome to finish off the post from 18 yards.

Alex Neil's men looked in control for the remainder of the half until its very last minute, when Ipswich worked the ball well across to Knudsen, whose low, arrowed shot beat Michael McGovern.

In a second half of less quality, City's best chances each fell to half-time substitute Steven Whittaker, who saw an effort cleared off the line and a drive hammer back off the post.

Ipswich had their moments too with McGovern called into action late on to keep out Freddie Sears, and in the end it was the right result as Norfolk and Suffolk took home a point apiece.

There was one change to the Canaries' line-up from the midweek win over Bristol City as Youssouf Mulumbu came in for his first start since February.

Josh Murphy was the man who dropped out, with Howson moving to the right flank to accomodate Mulumbu alongside anchorman Alexander Tettey.

City welcome Jacob Murphy back to the squad as the youngster took his place among the substitutes, while Ipswich made one change from their stalemate at Wolves on Tuesday.
City looked distinctly untroubled as the break drew closer; they were playing all the football and had the cushion of a one-goal lead thanks to Jerome's earlier strike.

But just after the fourth official had signalled an extra minute of time to bring the half to a quiet close, Portman Road erupted when Knudson's hit found the back of the net.

Just before the interval is never a good time to concede, and City's hangover spilled into the second half when they never quite reached the same levels of creativity in the final third.

Neil will be disappointed that his side ceded the advantage, but the draw extends City's unbeaten start to life back in the Sky Bet Championship.

It's also now seven derbies in a row where Ipswich haven't tasted victory, a record that certainly leaves the Canaries' fans with the local bragging rights even after this result.

In terms of the table, Neil's men sit fourth at the close of the weekend's action, with a trip to Birmingham City their next league fixture on Saturday.

GOALS: Tractor Boys: Jonas Knudsen (45) - Canaries: Cameron Jerome (26)

IPSWICH TOWN: Bialkowski, Chambers (c), Webster, Berra, Knudsen, Douglas, Skuse, Bru (Bishop 70), Ward, Sears (Varney 89), Murphy. Subs not used: Gerken (GK), Smith, Kenlock, Dozzell, Pitman.

NORWICH CITY: McGovern; Pinto (Whittaker 45), Bennett, Klose, Brady; Tettey, Mulumbu (Ja. Murphy 61); Howson(c) , Naismith (Canos 80), Hoolahan; Jerome. Subs not used: Jones (GK), Martin, Bassong, Lafferty.

REFEREE: David Coote


City will play Coventry City for the second time in a month on Tuesday when the Sky Blues visit for the EFL Cup Round Two match at Carrow Road.

Neil's men entertained the Sky Bet League One outfit in a pre-season friendly in July and will now face them in a competitive fixture, with tickets still available HERE.

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