Ipswich’s win drought goes on as Norwich frustrate rivals

Ipswich and Norwich drew 1-1 in a firecely-contested East Anglian derby. (Reuters pic)

LONDON: Ipswich were denied their first win of the Championship season as arch-rivals Norwich managed a 1-1 draw in the East Anglian derby on Sunday.

Paul Hurst’s strugglers took the lead in the 57th minute through Gwion Edwards, but Moritz Leitner equalised for Norwich 14 minutes later in a fiercely-contested clash at Portman Road.

The result means Ipswich remain in the relegation zone, one place above bottom club Reading, with Norwich climbing to 17th.

Ipswich were dominating the play, and they deservedly took the lead in the when Edwards’ shot was deflected in after on-loan Burnley forward Jon Walters won a header in the penalty area.

But Norwich drew level when a shot from Leitner from just outside the penalty went through a crowd of players and into the Ipswich net.

In the day’s other second tier action, Bristol City moved into the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Blackburn 4-1 at Ashton Gate.

Blackburn took a 13th-minute lead in bizarre circumstances as City allowed a low in-swinging corner from the right by Charlie Mulgrew to enter their net unaided, with goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää flat-footed and no one defending the near post.

However, Lee Johnson’s side were level at half-time thanks to Josh Brownhill’s effort.

City completed their revival in the second half with further goals from Marley Watkins, Famara Diédhiou, and Marlon Pack.