Ipswich 3, Norwich 1
CHRIS LAKEY Two goals in the final 15 minutes by former Canaries Youth team player Danny Haynes earned Ipswich the bragging rights in the East Anglian Derby today.
Two goals in the final 15 minutes by former Canaries Youth team player Danny Haynes earned Ipswich the bragging rights in the East Anglian Derby today.
Haynes put Town ahead on 76 minutes, less than two minutes after coming on as a sub, and then made it a miserable day all round for the Canaries by netting a third in stoppage time.
It was a win that Town thoroughly deserved after dominating the second half at Portman Road.
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City had taken the lead on 25 minutes through Luke Chadwick on his debut. But six minutes before half-time it was all square when Sylvain Legwinski fired home from 10 yards.
Town took the game to City after the break and the margin of victory could have been even more embarrassing for City.
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Not since a 5-0 romp in February 1998 have the Tractor Boys recorded a home victory over their fierce rivals.
Town were on top for almost the whole game, but fell behind against the run of play to a debut goal from Luke Chadwick, who took advantage of a Matt Richards error.
Honours were even at half-time at the East Anglian derby at portman Road.
On loan midfielder Luke Chadwickgot his Norwich City career off to a dream start with a debut goal on 25 minutes, taking advantage of a defensive mistake by Matt Richards to steer the ball home from eight yards.
But, six minutes from half-time, Town were deservedly back in the game when Sylvain legwinski fired home from 10 yards.
Norwich boss Peter grant gave Chadwick his debut on the right flank with Youssef Safri not featuring in the match-day squad.
Grant also dropped Dion Dublin for Gary Doherty in the centre of the Norwich defence.
It became a busy morning for Doherty who had his hands full with the Ipswich strike force although Alan Lee and Billy Clarke were both guilty of missing opportunities which could have given Town a lead which they deserved.
The introduction of Haynes for Billy Clarke paid near instant dividends when he headed Gary Roberts' cross past Paul Gallacher in the 77th minute with just his second touch.
And he rounded off the win in stoppage time with a fine first-time curling effort that went in off the far post.
The home side started the brighter and Roberts had the first chance when he burst into the area and his shot deflected off Adam Drury.
Although the ball looped over goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, Jason Shackell was able to head off the line.
Alan Lee spurned a great chance to put the home side in front when he rose unchallenged to meet Matthew Bates' superb right-wing cross, but he headed over from seven yards out.
Norwich had their first effort on goal shortly afterwards, but Robert Earnshaw's shot went wide before Chadwick fired the Canaries in front in the 26th minute.
Darren Huckerby curled a right-footed cross in from the left which Richards succeeded only in knocking straight into Chadwick's path, and he made no mistake from eight yards out.
But Ipswich levelled five minutes before the break when Roberts fed Clarke inside the box and he picked out Legwinski, who kept his cool to net Ipswich's first goal in more than five hours of football from six yards out.
Ipswich were on top in the second period and Clarke's burst into the box forced Gallacher into a smart save at the near post.
The impressive Clarke then forced another save from the Canaries keeper, who could only parry his effort out to Richards, but he wasted the chance to atone for his first-half error by blasting high over the goal.
Norwich threw on Dion Dublin and changed to a 4-4-2 formation on the hour, but it was still Ipswich who looked the more likely to score the game's third goal.
And they nearly got it when Roberts' cross eluded everyone until the scrambling Gallacher tipped it behind.
Gallacher could then only clear a Harding cross as far as Legwinski but his powerfully struck goal-bound shot hit Gary Doherty and went to safety.
Earnshaw could have put the visitors back in front when he rose highest to meet a Jurgen Colin cross, but headed high over Mike Pollitt's goal before Haynes made his instant impact.
Pollitt made a brave save at the feet of Earnshaw after Shackell had nodded into his path, before Lee had a header cleared off the line by Collin and Roberts shot just narrowly over.
That left Haynes to have the final word with his second after Richards played the ball into his path.