Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 1-1 Championship draw against Ipswich Town
PUBLISHED: 18:48 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:50 18 February 2018
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his verdict from Carrow Road
1. Bedlam - Carrow Road shook to its foundations when Timm Klose headed Grant Hanley’s cross past the previously unbeatable Bartosz Bialkowski.
There not have been a play-off final place on this game. It might be two teams languishing in the middle of the Championship but that outpouring of contrasting emotions was tangible.
Klose was engulfed by his team mates and those on the bench who streamed onto the park. Daniel Farke stood with arms outstretched. Mick McCarthy looked crest-fallen. Football. What a game. Klose milked the applause at the final whistle and the jeers of the away fans. Who could blame him?
2. Mick McCarthy - Funny old game. Town fans greeted the substitution of Dominic Iorfa nine minutes before Luke Chambers appeared to have won the game with the sort of derogatory chants reserved for opposition fans.
He was seconds from a first East Anglian derby win and a place in Blues’ folklore.
The sad, dejected look at the final whistle after Klose had snatched away the victory will be one of the abiding memories of this modern-day melodrama.
It might be McCarthy’s last tilt at derby redemption. The fallout started swiftly on the final whistle with those expletive-laden television pictures from a jubilant McCarthy which seemed to be in the direction of his travelling support after the opening goal.
3. Nasty and nice - Christoph Zimmermann’s horrid early slice appeared to set the tone.
City looked nervy and edgy.
The magnitude of the occasion appeared to get to a few in the home ranks.
Town were well-drilled and aggressive and with Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn spiky up front.
City’s backline looked as uncomfortable as they had for many a week.
It might just give Championship rivals food for thought from this point. Farke must find the antidote to avoid Norwich getting bullied again.
4. Nelson Oliveira - Klose’s superb leap transformed the mood music.
But it is now 11 games and counting for the striker without a goal.
Oliveira is not the sole reason City’s attacking output continues to be so sparse but with Dennis Srbeny introduced in the latter stages the clamour will now grow after this latest blank for a change at the top end. In his defence Bartosz Bialkowski pulled off a fine low stop to claw out a goalbound second half effort.
But given City had to rely on one centre back crossing to another, even the manner of this thrilling comeback should not disguise the top end of the pitch remains a problem to be solved.
5. Wolves - City gave every last drop to salvage their 10-match unbeaten derby run.
We saw how much such exertions took out of them after Portman Road.
Wolves, away, is arguably the toughest assignment in the Championship at present, but there will certainly be no lack of belief or confidence heading to Molineux in midweek. Farke may shuffle his pack but there is no pressure now on this young band of Canaries, who should take so much from the stirring nature of their derby fightback.
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