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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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portmanteau added 13:29 - Feb 11
As far as I am aware there is no debt. ME's accountants obviously keep a record of how much the owner has ploughed into the club. It appears it is near 100 million now which means roughly he has put in 10 mill per year. Small change to a man of ME's means though of course the club is grateful for it. I don't see him demanding the 100 million to be repaid to him as a condition of any sale. He can of course bump up the price to try and recover some of his outlay but no- one is going to pay 100 mill plus what he wants for the club, players etc. We really need him to stay as owner, I doubt there are many buyers out there. Perhaps now that relegation is a cert he may realise that if he still wants to own a club , it requires a good bit more than 10 mill a year. Lets be hopeful.

Dolphinblue added 14:02 - Feb 11
Walktheline. Chill, you will give yourself a hernia, your views have already been exposed and their flaws revealed, laid bare at the bottom of the table for all to see. You were wrong, accept it, live with it and WE will have to face the consequences of it in league one.

Dolphinblue added 16:08 - Feb 11
1. Numbskull fans created a toxic atmosphere at Portman Road, even booing young players. On this site every player was bashed to an unacceptable level until Super Mick was hounded out!
2. They knew it all. Get a young manager from the lower leagues who knows the modern game, we did IT FAILED.
3. Get players from the lower leagues, they will be hungry, we did it FAILED.
4. Play all our youngsters they will be better than established pros, fact is all followers managers know they not quite up to it, so it FAILED
5. Super Mick knew what he was doing even if you did not, get him back and allow his GENIUS TO MASTERMIND OUR REDEMPTION.
6. We are dead and buried after the WORST SEASON IN THE CLUBS HISTORY! Its over.

cat added 16:30 - Feb 11
Dolphinblue- who’s to say where would be had McCarthy stayed, we were dropping like a stone from the October 2017, and had it not been for them straight wins at the start of that campaign when injuries forced him into being more expansive then we could have dropped last season. I can’t speak for others, but I purchased a season card on the back of him going and I suspect many others did to. Anyway, it counts for ‘jack’ now so best you move on and deal with it.

Dolphinblue added 17:03 - Feb 11
There is some truth to yr words Cat but this season has been a disaster beyond belief and sometimes fans expect to much. I do not think next season will be easy either, not matter what league yr in success comes from good club management and planning, we are starting from ground zero. Super Mick did not leave the club at ground zero and l do not think we would have relegated with him in charge. But as l say there is truth to yr words.

warktheline added 17:27 - Feb 11
What's up with this site ! Why do you delete humorous posts!🤣......freedom of speech and all that! Mickites!

warktheline added 17:28 - Feb 11
Delete Dolphin for telling me to 'chill' snowflakes!

cat added 17:36 - Feb 11
Fair play to you on your opinions ‘Dolph’ reading your earlier post I was preparing to engage in a bit of aggressive banter mode, but no need as your reply was courteous.
I reckon losing Dids & Garner, (for personal reasons) Wags and Webster (for their own financial gains) are the reasons why it’s gone tits this season and not being able to replace them, whether that’s down to M.E or there was no quality replacements available remains to be seen, but your right, it has been a disaster.
Whatever happens though I’ll be renewing next season, new grounds and we might even win a few by a good margin, it ain’t all bad, but it certainly ain’t good either.

Dolphinblue added 17:37 - Feb 11
Also believe that Waghorn etc would have stayed under Super Micks amazing man management skills as would have Barts form...yes it was a ruinious day when Mighty Mick left. Bet he is chuckling to himself now at the Helm of a great nation. Whilst we are languishing in league who cares Super Mick will be at the World Cup!

blueherts added 17:39 - Feb 11
Dolphin have you EVER changed anything in your life ? or tried something new ? sometimes things just do not work out but you know what - Teams have actually gone down to Division One and come back up .

Dolphinblue added 17:44 - Feb 11
Again Cat hits me with reality, we will renew and maybe league one will be fun but big shame. I did love old Mick, he was a character but move on. Ok no more Mick posts, its out of my system now. LEAGUE ONE HERE WE COME ON YOU BLUES!

blueherts added 17:47 - Feb 11
Well done Dolphin ! Div One - a new adventure !

wayway added 20:36 - Feb 11
Super Mick!!! Ha ha Ha Ha Ha Ha

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