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Norwich City 3-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Sunday, 10th Feb 2019 14:20

Two second-half Teemu Pukki goals and Onel Hernandez’s early opener saw Norwich City beat the Blues 3-0 at Carrow Road as Town continue their long wait for a derby victory. Hernandez put the Canaries in front in the second minute of a first half which saw Blues boss Paul Lambert and Norwich head of performance Chris Domogalla red-carded after the teams and staffs clashed in the closing stages. Town were the better side for much of the second half before Pukki goals on 65 and 81 sealed the win for the top of the table Norfolk side.

Skipper Luke Chambers, outcast left-back Jonas Knudsen, Trevoh Chalobah, Jon Nolan and Will Keane all returned to the Blues side but centre-half James Collins remained unavailable due to his hamstring injury.

Chambers, who missed the Sheffield Wednesday match due to a foot problem, partnered Matthew Pennington at the heart of the defence with James Bree at right-back and returning-to-the-fold Knudsen, who last played at QPR on Boxing Day having indicated he'd like to move on in January and who netted home and away in East Anglian derbies in 2016/17, on the left. Toto Nsiala dropped to the bench, while Myles Kenlock was missing from the 18.

In midfield, Cole Skuse was joined by Chalobah and Nolan with Teddy Bishop and Flynn Downes on the bench.

Up front, Keane started in the centre with Freddie Sears playing a more than usually advanced role on his left and Alan Judge more central with Collin Quaner not among the subs.

Norwich, second in the Championship following yesterday's games, were unchanged from the team which beat new leaders Leeds United 3-1 last week with ex-Blues striker Jordan Rhodes on the bench.

Prior to kick-off, with rain falling heavily, the Town support unveiled banners bearing the slogans ‘Fans not criminals’ and ‘Farke the police’ in reference to the draconian security measures put in place for away supporters for the match.

Town got off to the worst possible start with the Canaries taking the lead in the second minute. The Blues failed to clear Max Aarons’s cross from the right, Hernandez’s shot was blocked but the ball was headed back across the box by Mario Vrancic and the German turned home from close range.

Having got their noses in front and their tails up, Norwich continued to take the game to the Blues. On six Emi Buendia crossed from the left and Vrancic nodded well wide.

Two minutes later, Aarons got round the back of Knudsen on the Norwich right but Pukki stabbed wide at the near post.

Town took a while to get into the game but in the 16th minute they won two corners on the right. From the first Judge played a low ball in to Skuse, whose effort was blocked. Then, from the subsequent flag-kick, Chambers headed over.

On 20, after a promising Blues attack down the left had ultimately comer to nothing, Vrancic curled over from the edge of the box following a Canaries break.

But Town were starting to dominate play. On 23 a long spell of possession led to Judge hitting a shot from 20 yards which was blocked.

Three minutes later, Christoph Stiepermann shot wide with a powerful effort from the edge of the box, before play moved back to the other end with Judge overhitting a pass in for Keane inside the area.

The Blues were well in the game, however, with Judge becoming increasingly influential and moments later Chalobah shot over from the 18-yard line. On 32 Skuse was shown the first yellow card of the game for a foul on Vrancic having been spoken to earlier by referee Peter Bankes about a previous transgression.

Keane made the most of some hesitant Norwich defending in the 39th minute to tee-up Judge but the former Brentford man’s shot was little trouble for Tim Krul in the home goal. Two minutes later, Pennington slid in to prevent a through ball from reaching Pukki.

In the 42nd minute the Blues were forced into a substitution with Sears, who had hurt his knee in a challenge a few minutes earlier, making way for Ellis Harrison.

Moments after being introduced, the ex-Bristol Rovers frontman was involved as the Blues battled their way to a chance in the box, Judge eventually hitting a low shot from a tight angle which deflected behind.

Norwich were forced into a change just before the break with Vrancic succumbing to a knee injury which had hampered him all half.

Moments before the whistle the game erupted after Norwich’s players reacted to a Nolan challenge on Aarons. Judge in particular was shoved by Canaries players, then as the melee was beginning to subside there was a clash between some of the Norwich staff and Town players including Harrison.

Seemingly as a result, Canaries head of performance Chris Domogalla and Blues boss Lambert were involved in an exchange which saw the two of them separated by stewards with a police officer subsequently moving the Town boss away from altercation.

Eventually, when order had been restored, referee Bankes showed a yellow card to Nolan for his challenge and reds to Domogalla and Lambert, much to the delight of his old supporters in the home stands.

There was no time for further action before the whistle ended a half which Town won’t have been too unhappy with, aside from the early goal and their manager having been sent to the stands.

Having given away the lead in the second minute, the Blues weathered the Norwich storm which followed and had been in control for spells, albeit without having been able to carve out anything more than a half-chance.

Norwich had also had periods on top and had had the more dangerous moments in and around the area, however, without Bartosz Bialkowski having been forced into a serious save. Despite being behind at half-time Town remained very much in the match.

Boss Lambert took a seat next to general manager football operations Lee O’Neill and fitness coach Jim Henry in the stand ahead of the second half.

The Blues were first to seriously threaten after the restart in the 54th minute. After Chambers had taken the ball away from Hernandez as he broke through towards goal, Town counter-attacked with Chalobah finding Harrison on the right. The sub crossed low and the ball was bundled behind at the near post ahead of Keane.

Town continued to push and on 58 Norwich skipper Zimmermann did superbly to slide in and block Harrison’s shot from the right of the box after he had been played in by Chalobah. Two minutes later, Jamal Lewis was booked for pulling back Chalobah.

The Blues were well in control but without having carved out the chance which would get them back on terms. On 63 Norwich sub Tettey scuffed wide after Knudsen’s clearing header had fallen to him on the edge of the box.

Norwich’s victory was all but sealed in the 66th minute when Judge shot low just past Krul’s right post and then the Canaries doubled their lead.

Buendia played a pass from the right for Pukki to run on to and the Finn struck a low shot across Bialkowski and into the net.

Norwich should have made it 3-0 in the 70th minute when through two against one with Pennington grounded. However, Stiepermann’s pass to the unmarked Pukki was blocked by Chambers.

The Canaries had the ball in the net again in the 73rd minute when Pukki added a perhaps unnecessary final touch after Zimmermann had flicked on a corner from the right. Moments later, Town switched Skuse for Teddy Bishop.

On 76 Tom Trybull was booked for fouling Bishop, then three minutes later Stiepermann was also yellow-carded for tripping the sub, who signed a new contract yesterday.

With 1-0 minutes on the clock, the Canaries made it 3-0 with Pukki stabbing past the advancing Bialkowski from close range from Buendia’s ball through.

Downes took over from Nolan for the final five minutes with the Canaries replacing Stiepermann with Todd Cantwelll, then former Blue Rhodes for double-goalscorer Pukki.

The game erupted again seconds before the end of scheduled time after Downes had fouled Buendia on the halfway line. The Blues midfielder and Norwich sub Todd Cantwell were both booked.

There was no further action before referee Bankes ended yet another derby disappointment for the Blues, who following the weekend’s matches are now nine points plus goal difference from safety at the bottom of the table.

Having gone down to the early goal, the Town fans in the Jarrold Stand, who remained in good voice throughout, might have feared an even bigger defeat but they held off the early storm and the first period was ultimately an even enough affair.

The Blues had most of the ball for much of the first half but crucially without being able to create a serious chance to get them back on terms, a problem week in, week out for Town.

Norwich, however, bided their time and when they got the ball in Town’s half, they created opportunities for Pukki, who took his total for the season to 21 and claimed derby bragging rights once again, although 3-0 flattered the home side somewhat on the balance of the game overall.

Town will hope to bounce back from the result and make up some ground in their increasingly desperate attempt to avoid relegation when they host Derby County at Portman Road on Wednesday.

Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann (c), Godfrey, Lewis, Vrancic (Tettey 45), Trybull, Buendia, Stiepermann (Cantwell 85) , Hernandez, Pukki (Rhodes 88). Unused: McGovern, McLean, Hanley, Srbeny.

Town: Bialkowski, Bree, Chambers (c), Pennington, Knudsen, Skuse (Bishop 74), Chalobah, Nolan (Downes 85), Sears (Harrison 43), Judge, Keane. Unused: Gerken, Jackson, Bishop, Nsiala, Elder. Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside). Att: 27,040.

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lightingblue added 14:52 - Feb 10
Chambers is awful and should be put out to graze. I agree with Darren bent on sky. Let’s put the kids in. Evans and Lambert have the balls and admit relegation. Can somebody also explain to me about what’s wrong with Kenlock, Emmanuel, Dozzell, nyadem and the rest who don’t make the starting 11

BluePatriot added 14:56 - Feb 10
If you are gonna believe anything the MSM or brought for newspapers say you really
Don’t get it !! We need a goal scorer either from somewhere out there
Or from the squad we have. The talk to rid us of the owner is pathetic
and going nowhere! No one will buy this club as things stand
Things are looking up, I’m still sure we can somehow
escape the drop. We all need to be the Twelfth man for the next
15 games !!!

ITFC_Cotton added 14:56 - Feb 10
It's sad that in a game we lost 3-0 to Norwich of all teams people are saying "We played well".

No we didn't, this club has become a laughing stock. Terrible defending throughout from all including a left back who 1: doesn't want to be here and 2: is so bad no one else wants him. we hoofed the ball up and any chances we got were from Nodge defenders failing to clear or straight up giving us the ball.

We are the team that is going down WITHOUT a fight and all the touchline scraps and players praising the fans in the press isn't going to change that.

If you genuinely believed we played well today then you need your heads banging together.


manualthetisfanclub added 14:57 - Feb 10
Completely agree jas0999. About the game it’s self ,horrendous defensively, poor in attack, all huff and puff , this team and club are in a right desperate state! The only passion showed was deserving in a boxing ring! I’m all for passion, but this lot lack any quality at all! Play the kids(or our own), give them the playing time because their the ones who are our future! By the way I bloody can’t stand yellow and green!

ITFCsince73 added 14:57 - Feb 10
It’s the proper blokes I’d have out the squad tomorrow. But what do I know.
No one gave them a look last summer says it all.

Karlosfandangal added 14:57 - Feb 10
It’s not Evans that has destroyed the football club it the Prem league.

We can’t afford class players to can score goals if anyone thought we were going to get top players on loan in the Jan window are mad.

Lambert should have looked at players to get us out of div one and played them so we are ready for next season.

Town will never play Prem football again.

north_stand77 added 14:59 - Feb 10
Esseeja = Troll

Swn98 added 15:10 - Feb 10
TimmyH your all crying what was Mickmas record against Scum you were the ones who wanted him out!!!!!now your still crying.

blueherts added 15:11 - Feb 10
A midfield of Chalobah Skuse and Nolan . Nolan offers nothing . Skuse has been liability for too long and Chalobah for all his 'natural ability' flatters to deceive
Does afew good things then switches off
But my problem is with PL playing Judge in wrong position . Technically a decent player we need him and Bishop in middle.and poss Chalobah or Downes holding . Gutted that Lankaster is injured as he is a real talent . We will have a decent squad for league one .

Where was Quanar today ?

Three mistakes today 2 when we just have ball.away and one where Knudsen out of position surprise

Surprised by result No but saddest thing is norwich were poor and we never troubled them

Swn98 added 15:12 - Feb 10
ITFCsince73 BLAME BLAME BLAME excuses excuses excuses!!!!!!!!

blueherts added 15:13 - Feb 10
If only we a Pukki !

ITFCsince73 added 15:13 - Feb 10
And your laughing SWN98. Saddo.

Swn98 added 15:15 - Feb 10
jas0999 forty years ago that's the problem ask Blackpool and coventry fans history guarantees you NADA.

ITFCsince73 added 15:15 - Feb 10
Bluherts. We had, but got loaned out or not played. Unfortunately now injured.

blue86 added 15:15 - Feb 10
when will the nightmare ever end? to be fair I thought we played ok in patches, but as many other people have said, we just don't have a goal scorer. chambers and skuse both had poor games imo, and chambers is past it now he is just way to slow! i just hope we bounce back asap from league one, i know that sounds a bit negative but there is no way we will survive. i still have faith in lambert to rebuild us, but its not gonna be much fun for the rest of the season I'm afraid! i will always be a blue though! so will grit my teeth and look foward to better times ahead (I hope!) coyb.

CornishMariner added 15:16 - Feb 10
Had an interesting conversation with a Norwich fan last week - not so long ago, fans there were arguing with each other with plenty wanting rid of Farke and frustrated with the board. Football can change so quickly and it is a shame to see some people throwing abuse at other fans on here for what is, after all, just a set of opinions by amateurs. I have supported this club for 40 years and have always been proud of the way most Ipswich fans conduct themselves - we are frustrated and have different ideas about how to go forward but there is no need to hurl mistyped abuse at other fans. For my part I think the squad is suffering from the lack of an out-and-out striker. The nearest we have his Harrison so I hope he gets a run of games now. The main priority should be keeping hold of the young players so well can start again next summer.

Swn98 added 15:19 - Feb 10
ITFCSINCE73 no im lot laughing just bewildered by your opinions.

chopra777 added 15:20 - Feb 10
Dry rot in a house with a great history comes to mind. Whichever team we put out we cannot stop the rot. We will go down fighting and have to rebuild. Even if we beat Wigan,Reading and Bolton; that will not be enough. Today's game showed a lack of class in being able create chances on goal. So PL start to build your team for promotion and bring in the youngsters.

Swn98 added 15:22 - Feb 10
Only good ting to come out of today Scum will not go up automatically so at least we can watch them suffer in the play offs.

ITFCsince73 added 15:22 - Feb 10
SWN98. Mick the Mouth has gone now. 1 day I’m sure you’ll get over it.

blueherts added 15:24 - Feb 10
our midfield has been the problem.for years
Plus Pukki on a free was a decent bit re DIv One there are.plenty of.teams who have come.back stronger . And with our youth and Acad set up O believe we can but we need some better scouting as well.!

Marinersnose added 15:24 - Feb 10
Unfortunately it matters not whether you play well in possession of the ball as this Ipswich team has no cutting edge and is devoid of ideas in front of goal. Some are blaming PL but for me he has a limited number of players he could persuade to come to Ipswich. Defensively we are the worst in the league with Chambers and Knudsen nowhere near good enough for Championship football. Collins made a difference when he played but he’s obviously struggling with injury. It’s also worrying that Chalobah who many slate is again our best midfield player. Skuse is a 6 or 7 out of10 but this has to be his last in a starting role. Youth is the future. All in all Norwich played as if they are already in another league as we couldn’t hurt them in the final third.

osseyseleven added 15:28 - Feb 10
I Get Fed Up of saying same thing , until EVANS GOES our club will be in continual free fall , anyone thinking we will get relegated and then come straight back up is deluded.Evans May have been successful in everything else in life but has ZERO idea of anything to do with football.Football is a different animal to anything else in life to be successful in.......This is fact , the whole ground should be behind getting him to go........come on everyone please wake up......It has taken him nearly 100 million and 10 years just to understand the basic requirements of running a football club.INEPT in every way..........EVANS OUT of the biggest failings in football of all times

sirburley added 15:28 - Feb 10
I’m talking about his first comment about how any of the loan players are any better than our own. Don’t care about minus marks..this club is a joke and there’s only one person responsible for this mess. When I was a kid playing Norwich was a laugh cos we always won. Now we are an embarrassment. Mr Cobbold and sir bobby would be disgusted.

Cakeman added 15:39 - Feb 10
Summarised our season perfectly. Lots of effort but shortage of quality in key areas.
We have next to no threat at all when attacking and our defending when it matters is lacking too.
I thought Chalobah and Judge were excellent.
For a team that is top of the table I was surprised how quiet their crowd were. They only made some noise in the last ten minutes when they knew the game was won. I thought our support was excellent though.

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