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Norwich City (0) 2 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2008-09

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Referee: Lee Probert

Manager: Glenn Roeder

Carrow Road 13:15

Attendance: 25,472

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3281


 Lee Croft (61)
 Matty Pattison (82)


Lee CroftDarel Russell (85)
David BellMark Fotheringham (89)
Wes HoolahanArturo Lupoli (90)


 Sammy Clingan (10)
 David Wright (59)
 Jon Walters (64)
 Velice Shumulikoski (89)



David Marshall

Jon Otsemobor

Gary Doherty

Elliot Omozusi

Ryan Bertrand

Lee Croft

Sammy Clingan

Matty Pattison

David Bell

Wes Hoolahan

Leroy Lita



Stuart Nelson

Adam Drury

Mark Fotheringham

Arturo Lupoli

Darel Russell

Match Report

Magilton misery as Canaries show grit

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton admitted his team could not cope as Norwich subjected their old rivals to a pressure cooker atmosphere.

After the home side had grabbed their first Old Farm derby win in six attempts through goals from Lee Croft and Matty Pattison, Magilton said: 'Norwich's intensity was very high and at times we did not match that.'

The high tempo was simply too much for an Ipswich side that suffered their third successive away defeat, particularly as too many of their players were off form.

Magilton added: 'It's the first time I've tasted defeat in a derby game like this as manager and it doesn't taste particularly nice.

'Norwich didn't afford us time and space, closed us down particularly quickly and started brighter than we did.'

Yet Ipswich could and should have taken a crucial lead after 50 minutes when the normally reliable Jon Walters broke clear from his own half with Gary Doherty appealing in vain for off-side.

But Norwich keeper David Marshall stood tall until the last possible moment and he turned aside the shot.

Ten minutes later, Norwich made the breakthrough when Wes Hoolahan gave Pattison the chance to set up Croft whose 22-yard effort swerved spectacularly into the right corner of the net.

And though Marshall still had to make an instinctive close-range save to deny a header from substitute Danny Haynes, Norwich were home and hosed in the 82nd minute.

This came after Norwich's on-loan striker Leroy Lita ran over to the referee to tell him that Ipswich's Gareth McAuley had blood coming from a head wound.

It meant he had to come off to have it wiped clean and David Bell swung over the free kick with the big man still on the sidelines.

Ipswich sub Jon Stead could only head the ball against Pattison, who from close range smashed the ball against the underside of the bar and into the net.

Only McAuley and the excellent Alex Bruce at the heart of the Ipswich defence came out of this derby with much credit while Northern Ireland international Sammy Clingan was a revelation in the Norwich midfield.

Norwich manager Glenn Roeder was both relieved and pleased as his side were only three points off the bottom before the game and are now five points clear of the relegation places.

He added: 'Our lads were hugely motivated and I didn't have to give them any passionate speeches. Now we've got to build a run from this and I can't think of a better launch pad. We have to go to Watford on Wednesday and take a point or three.

'This result is certainly the equivalent for me of when I managed Newcastle to beat local rivals Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.

'And it was certainly as important as the 3-0 win over QPR last season that virtually guaranteed our safety.'

Ipswich chief Magilton was left to rue yet another poor performance on TV, saying: 'We've saved all our worst performances for the cameras.'

Ian Gibb (Daily Mail)

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