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Iwan Roberts

Russell Martin, left, celebrates after scoring against Coventry in midweek. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

It was honours even down at Portman Road – and I have to be honest, neither team did enough to win the game.

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Iwan, what's the score? Norwich City's two-goal hero Iwan Roberts celebrating his two goals against Ipswich following derby success in March 2000. Picture: Keith Whitmore

We haven’t had to wait long for the first East Anglian derby of the new season have we, with the short trip down the A140 facing the lads and a couple of thousand Norwich fans on Sunday.

Cameron Jerome scored his first goal of the new season during Norwich Citys opening day victory at Blackburn. Photo: FOCUS IMAGES

I was driving back down the M6 last Saturday night after the Birmingham v Cardiff game when I was passed by a few Norwich City fans making the long journey back home after that terrific opening day win at Ewood Park.

Ian Clarke

City fans in fine form at Portman Road - but they are still demanding more from their team. 
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The nights are drawing in, the Olympics are over, the new Bake Off series is about to begin – and the kids will soon to be back at school.

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Left to right: Jacob Murphy, Wes Hoolahan, Cameron Jerome and Steven Naismith all found the net for Norwich City at Blackburn Rovers. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Four goals scored and there could have been several more.

Norwich City must look to the future and build around young players like James Maddison, says Ian Clarke.

Can you believe that we are just days away from the first anniversary of the play-off final at Wembley?

David Hannant

Martin Olssons late winner against Newcastle would have been lost on some City fans. Picture: PA

It’s derby day weekend, so of course I will address the game we all look for first on fixtures day – but first I have something of an axe to grind.

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Robin Sainty

Jonny Howson and Norwich didn't quite clean up at Ipswich, but a draw wasn't the worst outcome. 
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I would have happily taken a point from the derby had it been offered to me before kick-off.

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Kyle Lafferty prepares to enter the fray during against Bristol City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

On the surface, two clean sheets and four points against two well-organised teams who are both tipped to be pushing for promotion seems like a decent week’s work, and that conclusion would be supported by the league table, with City going into tomorrow’s derby in second place on goal difference.

Wes Hoolahan in action against Hannover in pre-season. 
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In terms of their accuracy as a method of predicting future events pre-season friendlies are on a par with sifting through the entrails of chickens.

Melissa Rudd

Norwich City striker Steven Naismith is replaced by Kyle Lafferty at Birmingham.  
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A wake-up call, an off day, an abject performance. Whatever way you describe the 3-0 thumping at Birmingham, the raw details of such a dismal defeat remain painfully hard to accept.

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Grant Ward of Ipswich Town and Steven Naismith of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Portman Road, Ipswich
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Win, lose or draw, derby days are always draining experiences.

City striker Cameron Jerome, whose substitution provoked some of the disquiet among some fans. Picture: Sean Dempsey/Focus Images

Carrow Road hasn’t been averse to booing in recent years. But with the obvious exception of an opening day mauling against Colchester, I can’t remember it coming in the first home game of a season.

Chris Goreham

Alexander Tettey of Norwich shows his frustration as the Birmingham players celebrate their sides 3rd goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at St Andrews, Birmingham. 
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The trip to Birmingham always felt like the first crossroads in Norwich City’s season.

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Cameron Jerome and Ryan Bennett challenge Town's Christophe Berra. Pictures: PAUL CHESTERTON

Being in the Championship is like trying to give up alcohol, smoking or chocolate.

City fans were left frustrated by their sides display in the 0-0 draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Focus Images

It was an alarming weekend for Norwich City season ticket holders and not just because Sheffield Wednesday provided a stern reality check as to what life as a Championship promotion favourite can be like.

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