Paddy’s Pointers: Five observations from Norwich City’s 1-1 Championship draw against Ipswich Town
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Our Norwich City correspondent Paddy Davitt delivers his snap verdict from Portman Road
1. Sore heads - Timm Klose has probably never headed so many balls away in one game in his entire career. Both him and Ryan Bennett were tested routinely by the aerial presence of Daryl Murphy. Town's equaliser came from a throw-in and it looked at times that incessant pummelling was having the desired effect but City's centre-back duo emerged unscathed in the second half.
2. Ivo Pinto - Pinto is rapidly emerging as a key figure in this Norwich line-up. His trademark overlapping burst brought the opening goal and his absence after the interval was keenly felt, albeit Steven Whittaker did slam the foot of a post with a snapshot. But there is no doubt City looked a far better attacking unit with Pinto in the ranks.
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3. Personal duels - Town may claim a moral victory despite the points being shared. In those personal duels there was no doubt Ipswich held the upper hand. Time and again, second balls were snaffled by the men in Blue to stunt City's attacking urges and trigger another aerial bombardment.
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4. Coat of paint - Fine margins and all that but Norwich HAD reason to thank and curse the woodwork in equal measure. Cameron Jerome's smack in the first period kissed the inside of Bartosz Bialkowski's right-hand post and nestled in the goal but Steven Whittaker had no such fortune in the second period when his angled shot thudded back into play.
5. Context - Bragging rights may have been the currency, and the chief motivation for Ipswich's committed display, but Norwich know the bigger picture is an instant Premier League return and in that context this is another point nearer the end game. There is always the Carrow Road return to rub their neighbours' noses in it.