Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says Blues need to prey on expectant home crowd
After the first nerve-shredding instalment of this extended edition of the East Anglian derby it’s all to play for at Carrow Road.
Norwich will surely be the happier of the two camps this week, knowing they go into their home leg on Saturday (12:15pm) needing any sort of victory to ensure a coveted Wembley place.
But after last weekend’s tense 1-1 draw, Mick McCarthy will be pleased we’re not having to chase the tie, which could have seen us quickly picked off.
Overall, I felt a draw was a fair reflection of a hard-fought match where both sides created chances, though it was a shame we didn’t take more advantage of a Norwich defence that looked decidedly shaky.
Bartoz Bialkowski was slightly the busiest of the goalkeepers, but John Ruddy certainly had to be at his best to keep out Freddie Sears and then Luke Varney early on.
It was a brave move by McCarthy to set up with a front three, and it almost paid dividends.
Varney has been a great loan signing and it was horrible watching him carried off with an achilles injury.
I thought Cole Skuse was outstanding again, and with the vision of Teddy Bishop and Kevin Bru in front of him, the midfield had a good balanced look to it.
It will surely be a four that lines up on Saturday though, with goalscorer Paul Anderson.
Initially, I felt Tommy Smith had been fouled for Jonny Howson’s opener, but he just wasn’t strong enough against Jerome.
An early goal on Saturday could be vital in front of an expectant home crowd.
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Finally, there was a new meaning to ‘raising the roof’ when Ross Morgan punched a hole in his ceiling celebrating our equaliser!
It was great to see Anderson offering to pay for the misfortune though.