Magilton misery as Canaries show grit
Ipswich boss Jim Magilton admitted his team could not cope as Norwich subjected
their old rivals to a pressure cooker atmosphere.
After the home side had grabbed their first Old Farm derby win in six attempts
through goals from Lee Croft and Matty Pattison, Magilton said: 'Norwich's
intensity was very high and at times we did not match that.'
The high tempo was simply too much for an Ipswich side that suffered their
third successive away defeat, particularly as too many of their players were
Magilton added: 'It's the first time I've tasted defeat in a derby game like
this as manager and it doesn't taste particularly nice.
'Norwich didn't afford us time and space, closed us down particularly quickly
and started brighter than we did.'
Yet Ipswich could and should have taken a crucial lead after 50 minutes when
the normally reliable Jon Walters broke clear from his own half with Gary
Doherty appealing in vain for off-side.
But Norwich keeper David Marshall stood tall until the last possible moment
and he turned aside the shot.
Ten minutes later, Norwich made the breakthrough when Wes Hoolahan gave Pattison
the chance to set up Croft whose 22-yard effort swerved spectacularly into
the right corner of the net.
And though Marshall still had to make an instinctive close-range save to
deny a header from substitute Danny Haynes, Norwich were home and hosed in
the 82nd minute.
This came after Norwich's on-loan striker Leroy Lita ran over to the referee
to tell him that Ipswich's Gareth McAuley had blood coming from a head wound.
It meant he had to come off to have it wiped clean and David Bell swung over
the free kick with the big man still on the sidelines.
Ipswich sub Jon Stead could only head the ball against Pattison, who from
close range smashed the ball against the underside of the bar and into the
Only McAuley and the excellent Alex Bruce at the heart of the Ipswich defence
came out of this derby with much credit while Northern Ireland international
Sammy Clingan was a revelation in the Norwich midfield.
Norwich manager Glenn Roeder was both relieved and pleased as his side were
only three points off the bottom before the game and are now five points clear
of the relegation places.
He added: 'Our lads were hugely motivated and I didn't have to give them
any passionate speeches. Now we've got to build a run from this and I can't
think of a better launch pad. We have to go to Watford on Wednesday and take
a point or three.
'This result is certainly the equivalent for me of when I managed Newcastle
to beat local rivals Sunderland 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.
'And it was certainly as important as the 3-0 win over QPR last season that
virtually guaranteed our safety.'
Ipswich chief Magilton was left to rue yet another poor performance on TV,
saying: 'We've saved all our worst performances for the cameras.'
Ian Gibb (Daily Mail)