Ipswich v Norwich 2.9.18

Ipswich v Norwich 2018 away.

The electric derby was all set to be interesting as Norwich were unbeaten against the Tractor Boys over the last 10 years. In that time Norwich have Won 6,Drawn 4,Lost 0. During the build up over the week I felt nervous thinking about it and I did my best to not to go on Twitter and get involved in all the negativity surrounding the game.

It will be Paul Hurst’s first derby as an Ipswich manager and they will be looking for their first win since April 2009. He used to manage Grimsby between 2014 and 2016 and he got them out of the Conference League to the Football League. Then he went on to manage Shrewsbury between 2016 and 2018 getting them to the Paint Trophy final where they lost to Lincoln. Also he got them to the League 1 final where they lost to Rotherham at Wembley.

The 1st half was cagey and quiet. Both teams took a while to settle in to the game because of the high pressure atmosphere. Teemu Pukki ran up the wing and found Jordan Rhodes who wasn’t closed down and he should have put Norwich in front. Ipswich was still playing McCarthy’s style of football which was very direct and in your face. There were some moments there and Kayden Jackson should have had a red card for kicking out Grant Hanley in the face. The 1st half finished 0-0 at the break I still had confidence that there was more to come for Norwich in the 2nd half.

In the 2nd half both teams come out strong and on 57 minutes Gwiong Edwards gave Ipswich the lead which looked like it would put an end to 10 years of pain in derby for Ipswich. On 71 minutes Moritz Leitner found the bottom corner after he shot outside the box to gave Norwich an equaliser and Teemu Pukki came close to finding the winner. However Norwich remained unbeaten in this fixture for 10 years and never gave up. For Ipswich when is their win going to come? As an Norwich fan and I felt proud and it felt like a win.

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