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Norwich City (1) 1 - 1 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2006-07

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Referee: S Tanner

Manager: Peter Grant

Carrow Road 15:00

Attendance: 25,476

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3207


 Dickson Etuhu (5)
 David Wright (62)


Michael SpillaneChris Martin (56)
Lee CroftJurgen Colin (68)


 Dickson Etuhu (80)
 Alex Bruce (76)



Tony Warner

Andy Hughes

Jason Shackell

Dion Dublin

Adam Drury

Lee Croft

Dickson Etuhu

Michael Spillane

Mark Fotheringham

Darren Huckerby

Robert Earnshaw



Paul Gallacher

Jurgen Colin

Robert Eagle

Kris Renton

Chris Martin

Match Report

Canaries silenced by quick-witted Wright

David Wright's scrambled equaliser gave Ipswich a point and denied Norwich the East Anglian bragging rights in yesterday's draw at Carrow Road.

Wright, who had a loan spell with the Canaries in 2005, reacted first to poke a loose ball home midway through the second half to seal a deserved point for Jim Magilton's side after Dickson Etuhu's early header had given the hosts a half-time advantage.

Peter Grant, the Norwich manager, had been given a boost before kick-off with the news Robert Earnshaw and Darren Huckerby were fit to start in attack. Huckerby had missed the defeat at Burnley last Tuesday after injuring his back in the warm-up while Earnshaw, who has recovered from a torn groin, was making his first start since 6 January .

The pair have scored 26 League goals between them this season and the pace and trickery of Huckerby created Etuhu's opener in the fifth minute. The former Coventry City man picked up a loose ball on the left before delivering a pinpoint cross, which Etuhu met with a glancing header beyond Shane Supple from five yards.

The Tractor Boys started the second half in brighter fashion and Francis Jeffers went close to getting an equaliser 10 minutes after the break. Gary Roberts beat Andy Hughes to the dead-ball line and his looping cross was headed over from 10 yards out by Jeffers.

Ipswich levelled through an opportunist finish from Wright. Roberts got beyond the Norwich captain, Adam Drury, and, after his cross had been blocked by Dion Dublin, Wright nipped in unmarked at the near post to poke beyond Warner.

Both managers felt justice had been done. Grant said: "I thought that game summed up our season as a whole, we just can't seem to kill teams off. We got an early goal and then created a lot of chances, we just couldn't put them away."

Magilton admitted: "I was desperate for the half-time whistle so I could get the lads into the dressing room and have a little chat with them. We didn't have any rhythm and we weren't using the ball well. But, credit to the lads for the way they played in the second half."

Kieran Daley (The Independent)

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