Ipswich 1-1 Norwich: Nervy draw leaves it all to play for in second-leg

first_imgThe 96th East Anglia derby and play off semi-final first leg ended in a gritty 1-1 draw at Portman Road, with rivals Ipswich and Norwich both having the second leg at Carrow Road in mind.First half goals from Jonny Howson and Paul Anderson couldn’t separate the two sides as a frantic first 45 minutes was replaced by two solid defensive performances in the second.Howson’s 41st minute strike opened the scoring for the visitors, the Canaries midfielder slamming a first-time shot past Bartosz Bialkowski after great work from Cameron Jerome down the left flank.Jerome eased past Ipswich defender Tommy Smith, before pulling a cross back to the penalty spot where Howson was there to score his ninth goal of the season.Substitute then Anderson equalised for the hosts deep into first half injury-time.Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy spilled two earlier chances before Anderson, who replaced the injured Luke Varney, followed up the rebound from six yards out.In an entertaining first half, the Ipswich could have taken the lead in the first ten minutes, only for a brilliant double save from John Ruddy to keep out efforts from Freddie Sears and the injured Varney.Alex Tettey clipped the outside of the post for the visitors with a curling effort from outside the area which left Bialkowski rooted to the spot.A minute later, Bradley Johnson rose above Luke Chambers but heads just wide from six yards out.  The second half was provided with very little entertainment, as both sides seemed to be cautious to take the draw with it all to play for at Carrow Road in a week’s time.Mick McCarthy’s side created the only decent chance in a quiet second half just over the hour mark; Kevin Bru crossing into the box and former West Ham striker Sears heading over.The Tractor boys could now face the second leg at Carrow Road without Varney, as the striker was stretchered off, with a serious looking leg injury. Ipswich v Norwich 1last_img read more