They played "Blue Monday" before kick-off and it will be one today for Norwich City's fans. For five unbeaten games, over the course of eight years, the Norfolk side had made Portman Road, the ground of their fiercest rivals, a home from home. That all changed thanks to two goals from Danny Haynes and what the hosts' manager Jim Magilton called "an impressive, high level of performance".
The 18-year-old has scored at every level against the Canaries, including the winner at Carrow Road last season but when he was introduced for Billy Clarke, the match was all-square. Within a minute, he directed a header past Paul Gallacher from eight yards to give the Suffolk side the lead and his curled effort from 18 yards, in off the post in injury time, secured Ipswich a win at home in the East Anglia derby for the first time since February 1998.
That match finished 5-0 to the Tractor Boys and was a depressing way for Peter Grant to sign off his last local derby as a Norwich player. This was his first such match in charge as the Canaries' manager as it was for Magilton, his Ipswich counterpart. There can be little doubt as to who will be the more satisfied. Grant did not attempt to disguise his side's shortcomings, saying: "We were awful."
However, the way things went initially for the hosts, it looked as if recent history had every chance of repeating itself. The visitors had come with a defensive formation, and had not created anything of note when Darren Huckerby put in a cross after 26 minutes.
The Ipswich full-back Matt Richards mis-controlled the ball, sending it rolling across his six yard box to Luke Chadwick who took the simple chance. It was the perfect way to begin his Norwich career, but the winger who joined from Stoke on loan last week ended his debut prematurely, with a suspected shoulder injury.
It took 14 minutes for the hosts, who had lost five of their last eight games, to equalize. Their best work stemmed from their right flank through Gary Roberts, and he combined with Clarke to slip the ball to Sylvain Legwinski, who scored from eight yards.
Yet despite being outplayed for most of the afternoon, Grant's men did waste a chance to regain the lead when, after 72 minutes, Jurgen Colin's cross was headed over by Robert Earnshaw from 12 yards. Haynes was not so wasteful.
Goals: Chadwick (26) 0-1; Legwinski (40) 1-1; Haynes (77) 2-1; Haynes (90) 3-1.
Ipswich Town (4-4-2): Pollitt; Bates, Bruce, De Vos, Richards; Roberts, Walton, Legwinski, Harding; Clarke (Haynes, 76), Lee. Substitutes not used: Supple (gk), Naylor, Garvan, Macken.
Norwich City (4-5-1): Gallacher; Colin, Doherty, Shackell, Drury; Chadwick (Eagle, 84), Robinson, Etuhu, Hughes (Dublin, 61), Huckerby; Earnshaw. Substitutes not used: Ashdown (gk), Thorne, McVeigh.
Referee: T Kettle (Berkshire).
Booked: Ipswich Town Legwinski, Walton; Norwich City Hughes, Robinson.
Man of the match: Roberts.
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