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Norwich City v Ipswich Town

26 February 2017


NORWICH City had to settle for a point from the East Anglian derby as they drew 1-1 with Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

The first half was a typically closely-fought affair that City just about edged, certainly in chances - Cameron Jerome skewed a shot wide and Bartosz Bialkowski pulled off a superb reaction stop to prevent a Jonas Knudsen own goal.

City were just on the cusp of taking control and their pressure increased at the start of the second as Mitchell Dijks first saw a goal disallowed for handball and then Bialkowski was once again at his best to deny Steven Naismith.

Ipswich remained in the contest, however, and on 63 minutes they edged ahead when Jonas Knudsen converted Jordan Spence's cross at the back post.

It took the Canaries just six minutes to draw level; Jacob Murphy, who had let Knudsen go for the opener, made amends by stepping outside his man before drilling a shot from 20 yards that was too hot for Bialkowski to handle.

That gave the home side confidence, with Alex Tettey drawing another fine stop from the Ipswich 'keeper before substitute Alex Pritchard found him in his way after a low drive.

Alex Neil's men pushed for the winner as Ipswich retreated for a point, but it didn't come and the local rivals shared a draw for the second time this season.

Neil welcomed back two key players to the fold as Ivo Pinto and Steven Naismith returned from injury to go straight back into the starting eleven.

Steven Whittaker and Yanic Wildschut were the two to drop to the bench from last weekend's loss at Burton Albion.

Continued absentees for the Canaries included Nelson Oliveira and Graham Dorrans, while Youssouf Mulumbu still didn't make the squad while he nurses a thigh injury.

Ipswich's goal came against the run of play so it was vital that the Canaries got back into the contest quickly if they were to get over that disappointment.

Murphy provided one of City's primary threats throughout the 90 minutes and his well-struck effort proved one save too many for the in-form Town goalkeeper.

He may have felt he could have done better, however, as he did manage to get a hand to the stinging drive - but as the net bulged, Murphy wheeled off to celebrate the goal that earned his side a point.

The draw put the Canaries back above Preston North End and into 8th place in the Sky Bet Championship.

There are 12 matches now remaining for Neil's side as they continue their push to earn a top six finish and a shot at promotion straight back to the Premier League.

GOALS: Canaries: Jacob Murphy (69) - Tractor Boys: Jonas Knudsen (63)

NORWICH CITY: Ruddy; Pinto, Martin (c), Klose, Dijks; Tettey, Howson; Ja. Murphy, Hoolahan (Pritchard 79), Naismith (Jo. Murphy 76); Jerome. Subs not used: McGovern (GK), Whittaker, Wildschut, Lafferty, Bennett.

IPSWICH TOWN: Bialkowski; Knudsen, Chambers (c), Berra, Skuse, McGoldrick, Spence, Ward, Sears (Moore 74), Kenlock (Smith 56), Huws (Diagouraga 81). Subs not used: Gerken (GK), Pitman, Bru, Emmanuel.

REFEREE: Oliver Langford


City now face a trip to play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

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