Norwich City 2, Ipswich Town 0
Jonathan Redhead Lee Croft and Matty Pattison are Norwich City’s heroes after their goals fired the Canaries to a 2-0 win over fierce rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road this afternoon.
Lee Croft and Matty Pattison are Norwich City's heroes after their goals fired the Canaries to a 2-0 win over fierce rivals Ipswich Town at Carrow Road this afternoon.
Croft's 25-yard blockbuster with an hour gone and Pattison's close range strike with less than ten minutes remaining handed Glenn Roeder's side a deserved three points.
But the Canaries were also indebted to David Marshall for an excellent save from Jon Walters to keep the scores at 0-0 early in the second half and again from Danny Haynes to prevent the Town man from equalising as City kept their first clean sheet for more than two months.
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90 +3: City make their final change as Arturo Lupoli comes on for Hoolahan. 90: Veliche Shumulikoski is booked for a lat challenge on Hoolahan in the centre circle.
89: City make another changes with Mark Fotheringham coming of for Bell.
89: A moment of panic for City as Marshall has to rush out to collect the ball and collides with Haynes. Ipswich players and fans appeal for a penalty as Haynes goes sprawling, but a corner is given, which City clear.
84: Glenn Roeder makes City's first change of the afternoon, with Darel Russell coming on for Croft.
83: Town try to rescue the game but Doherty blocks a shot from the edge of the box and Owen Garvan fires over the bar. It's his last contribution as he is replaced by Richard Naylor.
82: GOAL for City! Pattison doubles City's lead. With McAuley off the pitch receiving treatment, the Canaries take full advantage. Bell's free-kick from the left-wing is not cleared and from six yards out, Pattison sends a rocket into the net off the underside of the bar. 2-0
79: David Wright is lucky to stay on the pitch after tangling with Croft. It appears an identical collision to the one he was booked for, but this time the referee does not even blow for a foul.
75: The referee speaks to Croft and Bruce after the pair tussle near the corner flag, but decides against booking them.
71: Another sweeping City move almost releases Pattison on goal but David Wright steps across to intercept.
69: Town start to threaten and Volz's left foot volley is deflected over the City bar for a corner. From the kick, Marshall makes another superb save to deny the visitors, this time from Haynes near post header.
66: Another change for the visitors as striker Jonathan Stead comes on for Counago as Ipswich chase an equaliser.
63: City go close to adding a second. Croft feeds Lita who fires inches wide from the edge of the box.
61: Ipswich make a substitution with Danny Haynes coming on for the anonymous Darren Ambrose.
60: GOAL for City! Lee Croft hits an absolute beauty from the 25 yards out. Pattison lays the ball to him and the winger takes aim and his powerful right-foot drive flies into the top right corner past Richard Wright.
58: David Wright is the first Town player to be booked after a blatant pull on Lee Croft. Bell's subsequent free-kick from the right-wing is cleared by the Town backline.
57: A great one-two on the edge of the Town box between Hoolahan and Lita gives the Irishman a chance to fire a volley towards goal but he hits it just over.
53: Omozusi needs treatment from the city physio after apparently injuring himself trying to take a free kick. However, he quickly on his feet again.
51: City have a lucky escape as Walters goes clean through but Marshall saves the home team by plunging to his right to keep the scoresheet blank.
46: No substitutions at half time as Ipswich kick off the second half, with Norwich attacking the Barclay End.
Norwich City and Ipswich Town are deadlocked at 0-0 after a pulsating first half at Carrow Road. The home side dominated proceedings with Sammy Clingan going the closest to opening the scoring when his 30-yard drive was deflected onto the crossbar and out.
45: A stirring finish to the first half from City earns a late corner. The ball is cleared to the edge of the box but Clingan's shot is blocked as the referee blows for half time.
44: the home side produce the best move of the game. Wes Hoolahan dummies Clingan's pass. Lita then flicks it on to the onrushing Matty Pattison. The South African shoots under pressure from the edge of the box but it is straight into the hands of Richard Wright.
43: City win a corner after Lita chases Bell's thorough ball. Bell's kick is cleared but City battle back to earn themselves another flag kick. This time Richard Wright is obstructed and the referee gives Ipswich a free-kick.
41: Ipswich create their best chance of the half. A sweeping passing moves sees Walters pick up the ball on the edge of the City box. But he smashes the ball well over the bar when he should have done much better.
35: The Canaries almost open the scoring. Clingan's blast from 30 yards out deflects off Bruce and hits the bar with Richard Wright well beaten. Incredibly, the referee gives a goal kick.
31: City concede a free-kick on the left edge of their own box after Bertrand blocked Walter's cross with his hand. The ball eventually goes out for a goal kick as City struggle to clear.
30: Town win their first corner of the game after fine play down the right between Moritz Volz and David Norris. From the corner, Alex Bruce heads over David Marshall crossbar from six yards out.
29: After another spell of City pressure, Ryan Bertrand fires a 35-yard volley high, wide and not very handsome.
21: At the other end it's Omozusi to the rescue again as Counago shapes to shoot from the edge of the box.
20: Huge shouts for handball at the River End as Bell's cross is blocked by Gareth McAuley but the referee says no.
12: Jon Walters almost breaks clear of the City defence, but Elliott Omozusi rushes back to cover at the last minute before Walters can go clean through.
10: Canary midfielder Sammy Clingan becomes the player to see a yellow card from referee Lee Probert for a foul on David Wright on the edge of the Town box. Replays suggest he may have got some of the ball.
9: Leroy Lita forces Richard Wright into a fine save to tip over his powerful header from a Bell right-win corner.
5: City have their first chance from a right-wing free-kick. David Bell lays the ball square for Jon Otsemobor and the full-back curls the ball just over the bar from 25 yards out
2 minutes: Town are the first to threaten as Pablo Counago just fails to get on the end of a great left-wing cross from David Wright, as the visitors attack the Barclay End in the first half.
Norwich City: Marshall, Otsemobor, Omozusi, Doherty, Bertrand, Croft, Clingan, Pattison, Bell, Hoolahan, Lita.
Subs: Nelson, Drury, Russell, Fotheringham, Lupoli.
Ipswich Town: Richard Wright, David Wright, Volz, McAuley, Bruce, Norris, Garvan, Shumulikoski, Ambrose, Counago, Walters. Subs: Supple, Naylor, Miller, Stead, Haynes.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)