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

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Referee: David Coote

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 12:00

Attendance: 23,350 (Away 1992)

Manager: Neil Adams

Match Number: 3665

Goals

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 Jonas Knudsen (45)
Away
 Cameron Jerome (26)

Substitutions

Away
Ivo PintoSteven Whittaker (46)
Youssouf MulumbuJacob Murphy (61)
Steven NaismithSergi Canos (80)

Cards

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Away
 Alexander Tettey (64)

Teams

Away

Michael McGovern

Ivo Pinto

Ryan Bennett

Timm Klose

Robbie Brady

Alexander Tettey

Youssouf Mulumbu

Steven Naismith

Jonny Howson

Wes Hoolahan

Cameron Jerome

Substitutes

Away

Paul Jones

Steven Whittaker

Russell Martin

Sebastien Bassong

Sergi Canos

Kyle Lafferty

Jacob Murphy

Match Report

Jonas Knudsen cancels out Cameron Jerome's opener in tight East Anglia derby

The River Waveney splits Suffolk and Norfolk but nothing could separate the sides here, as Ipswich Town and Norwich City shared the spoils from the East Anglian derby.

Norwich will make the short trip along the A140 the happier side, while Ipswich will think about what might have been had they not been denied a perfectly good goal for offside.

That would have seen them take the lead in the first half and Ipswich had not beaten their rivals at the last six attempts. For Norwich, this turned out to be lucky number seven.

It was with their first shot on target that the visitors scored but Cameron Jerome’s goal was cancelled out by Jonas Knudsen.

Neither of the two teams that sit just 40 miles apart could claim the bragging rights after that. Ipswich were on top for the majority, Norwich had the more clear-cut chances, but there wasn’t to be a winner.

These familiar foes last met in the Championship play-off semi-final in May 2015 when Norwich came out on top before being promoted to the Premier League.

They were sent back down after only one season but a win here would have taken them joint top.

It took just 14 seconds for the first foul to be committed as the animosity got going from the offset.

Within two minutes, Ipswich had the ball in the back of the net, only for it to wrongly be ruled out by linesman Nigel Lugg.

Jonathan Douglas was stood on the line of the six yard box when Daryl Murphy found him, and the 33-year-old midfielder tapped it in. It was tight but replays showed it should have stood.

A lack of luck for Ipswich, who had not kept a clean sheet in any of the last 16 East Anglian derbies. Then, in the 26th minute, Norwich made it 17.

Good work by Daniel Ivo Pinto on the right wing led to Jonny Howson having the ball inside the box. The 28-year-old teed up Cameron Jerome, whose 18-yard hit went in off the post.

The striker said beforehand that he wanted to be the hero and now he was, as he celebrated in front of the Portman Road faithful.

It took the sting out of Ipswich but, in first-half stoppage time, they got their equaliser.

Freddie Sears fed Jonas Knudsen and the 23-year-old cut back on to his weaker right foot, though you wouldn’t know it. The Denmark international aimed for the corner and found it.

It was the least Ipswich deserved.

Norwich thought they had scored in the 53rd minute when a scuffed shot from half-time substitute Steven Whittaker was heading for the goal, before Adam Webster cleared it off the line.

With 15 minutes to go, it could have went either way, and Whittaker went close again.

Ipswich defender Christophe Berra’s poor clearance gifted him the ball but the post came to the home side’s rescue.

And with that, the tie dubbed El Tractico – among other titles – ended in a draw.

Kieran Gill (Mail Online)

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