Norwich City ran out 2-0 winners in the East Anglian derby, going above Ipswich Town in the process.
It was a clash of two footballing styles at Carrow Road, with Norwich opting to pursue a passing game while Ipswich continued to use the long ball method that has served them so well this campaign.
Mick McCarthy’s decision to deploy his team in a 4-4-2 formation came into immediate problems due to the Blues having no out and out wingers in the starting line up, with Jay Tabb, Richard Chaplow, Kevin Bru and Cole Skuse usually playing in the central midfield position.This led to Ipswich becoming very one dimensional with the Norwich backline looking comfortable on a majority of occasions when the ball came high over the top.
Freddie Sears – the most threatening Ipswich player by some distance – did have a chance to level the game before half time, but John Ruddy was off his line quickly to block the shot.
The importance of a strong bench was highlighted in the second half as Cameron Jerome made an instant impact after coming on. His shot from the edge of the box took a couple of fortuitous touches off Tyrone Mings and then Lewis Grabban, with the ball going in off of the latter.
The problems that were highlighted after Ipswich’s midweek win against Birmingham were there to see while the qualities that have seen Norwich win their last five games were always on display, and on this occasion proved to be the difference.