NORWICH City ran riot at Portman Road in a ruthless display to clock up their biggest ever derby win - and edge ever closer to the riches of the Premier League.
Two first half goals, from Andrew Surman and a Gareth McAuley own goal, were added to after the break as the Canaries underlined their promotion ambitions against their mid-table rivals, who flirted with relegation until Roy Keane was sacked.
Simeon Jackson added a third from a quick break-away after 73 minutes before Town’s Jimmy Bullard hit a stunning strike into the top corner to briefly give the Blues, enjoying the lions share of possession, some glimmer of hope at 3-1.
But as Town committed more and more men forward, Norwich broke twice to devastating effect and sealed their biggest ever win over their rivals with further strikes from Russell Martin and liverpool’s on-loan striker Daniel Pacheco.
Paul Jewell described the result as “embarassing” while Paul Lambert praised his players’ creative spark and said the performance was up there with any they have managed in a fairytale season, since coming up from League One.
The result moved Norwich into a second place automatic promotion spot in the Championship, ahead of Cardiff City, who take on league-leaders QPR in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ipswich remain in 12th place, their highest standing of the season, six points adrift of the play-offs before Friday’s games, although Jewell remarked the end-of-season lottery was never realistically on his mind.
Att: 29,258 (away - 2,125)
* See Russell Claydon’s Ipswich Town column in next week’s paper for more reaction.