Ipswich Town 1 Norwich City 1

Cameron Jerome fired Norwich City ahead in Sunday's Championship 1-1 draw at Ipswich. Picture by Pau

Cameron Jerome fired Norwich City ahead in Sunday's Championship 1-1 draw at Ipswich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City battled to a hard-fought point to remain unbeaten in the East Anglian derby since 2009 after a 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town at Portman Road.

Cameron Jerome slammed Alex Neil's men in front but City were made to pay for a lapse in concentration in first half stoppage time when Jonas Knudsen lashed home a low strike.

Town were a constant threat from set pieces all afternoon with City offering only a sporadic threat on the counter after the interval but Neil's men remain unbeaten this season from their opening four league games.

The Scot made one change to his starting line up from the side that beat Bristol City 1-0 in midweek with Youssouf Mulumbu making his first start of the Championship season in a solid-looking central midfield alongside Alex Tettey.

Captain Jonny Howson was pushed into a wider role down the right with Josh Murphy dropping out of the matchday squad. Fit-again twin Jacob was on the bench with Sergi Canos but John Ruddy, Martin Olsson, Alex Pritchard, Graham Dorrans and Matt Jarvis were all injury absentees.


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Mick McCarthy also made one change to the team that drew 0-0 at Wolves with Kevin Bru coming in for Teddy Bishop.

Jonathan Douglas hooked the ball home from a deep free kick in the second minute but home celebrations were cut short by the assistant's offside flag.

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Daryl Murphy had Michael McGovern back-pedalling in the 19th minute but his lopping header dropped onto the top of the Northern Irishman's net.

City were second best in the opening quarter but cut through with surgical precision to open the scoring in the 26th minute when Jerome slammed home a low drive via the base of a post from Ivo Pinto's initial surge and first time passing from Steven Naismith and Howson.

Naismith hooked over in the 36th minute following another burst from Pinto as Norwich look to pin the hosts' back after a frenetic start.

City looked to be coasting to the interval but switched off for one final long throw-in which reached Knudsen who slammed a low right-footed shot beyond McGovern.

Neil made one enforced change at the interval with Pinto replaced by Steven Whittaker.

The Scot was denied a goal by Adam Webster's goalline clearance in the 53rd minute after Jerome had out-jumped Knudsen at the far post.

Neil made his second change of the contest with Murphy replacing Mulumbu signalling Norwich's intent to try and take the fight back to the Blues.

Town earned a slice of fortune via the woodwork in the 74th minute when Whittaker's angled strike from 10 yards hit the base of Bartosz Bialkowski's left-hand post and rebounded back into play.

Norwich spurned a chance to win in deep in stoppage time when Murphy burst free but guided a left-footed shot beyond Bialkowski's far post.

• Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Webster, Berra, Knudsen, Douglas, Skuse, Bru (Bishop 70), Ward, Sears (Varney 89), Murphy. Subs (not used): Gerken, Smith, Kenlock, Dozzell, Pitman.

• Goal: Knudsen (45)

• Norwich: McGovern, Pinto (Whittaker 45), Bennett, Klose, Brady, Tettey, Mulumbu (Jacob Murphy 61), Howson, Naismith (Canos 80), Hoolahan, Jerome. Subs (not used): Jones, Martin, Bassong, Lafferty.

• Booking: Tettey (dissent, 64)

• Goal: Jerome (26)

• Time added on: 1 minute / 3 minutes

• Referee: David Coote (Notts)

• Attendance: 23,350 (1,992 away fans)

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