No fluke – Jacob Murphy’s homework pays off as he follows Nathan Redmond’s lead to pick Bartosz Bialkowski’s weak spot and earn Norwich City a derby draw off arch rivals Ipswich Town
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Initially it felt like Jacob Murphy's second half potshot should have been kept out by Bartosz Bialkowski.
Ipswich Town's Polish goalkeeper was in imperious form for the most part, but he struggled to get down low to the winger's sharp drive and the Canaries had their much-needed equaliser.
In truth, it still seems apparent the keeper should have got a solid hand to the shot – but what we now know is that Murphy's effort hit exactly the target he wanted, and for that he can claim all the credit he wants.
'I like watching goals, whether it be from the Premier League and then against opposition we're going to play against, because you've got to identify weaknesses in backlines and in goalkeepers,' said Murphy.
'So you have always got to do your homework beforehand. I enjoy it and it's part of the job. I like watching goals, I like seeing what I can do to maybe score a goal when I get in certain positions.'
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Finding Bialkowski's weak point and taking advantage was something that proved beyond his team-mates, as Ipswich held out for a first league point at Carrow Road in almost 10 years.
But it could have also been far worse and with City desperately scratching around for the form to press their claims for a play-off berth, that disappointment overrides their East Anglian derby salvage mission.
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There's no doubt next Saturday's trip to sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday could make or break City's season, given they already sit six points off the top six.
'We're not happy with a point,' admitted Murphy. 'I thought the game plan did work well and we should have taken all three points. We had a lot more possession, a lot more chances than them and then obviously conceded the goal.
'We got back into the game but we're bitterly disappointed we only got a point.
'The boys were confident going into this game. We knew what would hurt them and we stuck to it. I think they only had one shot on target throughout the whole game. So we showed dominance but to just get a point was not what we wanted.
Ipswich's eight-year wait for a derby success goes on. Murphy added: 'Long may that continue – and hopefully we're not going to be in the same league as them next year.'