Well, I’m pleased that’s over. Carrow Road has not been a happy hunting ground for us in recent seasons.
But being hard to beat is back in fashion at Ipswich Town — and I thought we battled hard and well to get a point on Sunday. If someone had told me in the aftermath of the horror show at Lincoln City we would negotiate an unbeaten run in a very tricky-looking February, and open the scoring on Sunday after a 27-pass move, I wouldn’t have believed it.
All in all it was a rather fun day. It’s safe to say it all went a bit crazy when we scored — I lost a shoe in the ensuing celebrations.
Norwich did create more chances and had more of the ball. As the home team chasing the play-offs, though, is probably expected. It would have been nice to have had a bit more going forward, but I thought we dug in well.
And Jonas Knudsen, despite some criticism from the stands earlier this season, is slowly turning himself into a cult hero.
When our defence was breached, Bartosz Białkowski produced some great saves, and was a well-deserving of his man of the match award.
It made it that little bit more annoying the goal we did concede should have been saved — but I’m not going to knock our Big Pole in the Goal. He’s been tremendous for us this season.
Should we have had a penalty in the first half? I don’t think there was much doubt.
But it wasn’t that long ago that Danny Haynes was punching one in during injury time in front of the Barclays end at Carrow Road — these things even themselves out.
Brentford are next up for Town —t Portman Road on Saturday (3pm). It’s nice to look ahead to a game with the feel-good factor back.
n On a more general subject —I can’t finish the column without my disappointment in the sacking of Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
A true gentleman, who gave their fans what will probably be the greatest season of their lives. Unfortunately, the modern game is all about the money and wealth. The soul and romance of our game was sold off and lost a long, long time ago...