At Anglian Home Improvements we are proud to announce that we are now sponsoring ITV sport for the regional news, which started Friday 26th.
This new sponsorship package follows the success of other sponsorship on shows such as, Pop Star to Opera Star, The 5 O’Clock Show, A Place In The Sun, Home or Away and the ITV weather.
And for those of you based in Norfolk, what better way to start sponsoring sport than with a local derby football games; Norwich City vs Ipswich Town.
As a Norwich fan I was a little disappointed my brother wouldn’t lend me his season ticket for this game, but with the BBC covering the game live, it was still a brilliant match to watch, and a result City fans will be delighted with!
Most local derbies are a heated affair and this one was no different, after just 3 minutes Grant Holt challenged Colback recklessly causing a few words to be shared amongst a group of players. Holt was booked as was Norris for his behaviour in the aftermath.
Norwich manager, Paul Lambert, was forced to watch this one from the stands after getting a two match touch-line ban for his conduct in the recent Reading match, but he was allowed to give a half-time team talk.
However, this did nothing to calm down Holt as on 13 minutes O’Dea dithered on the ball, letting in Holt to rob him and put him in on goal, where he made no mistake with his cool, calm finish in the bottom right corner of the goal.
Ipswich responded immediately with Priskin causing problems on the right flank, pinging a cross low into the 6 yard box, only for Ruddy to parry it out of the danger, in which loanee Lansbury had a left footed shot curl just over the bar.
Norwich striker Chris Martin then came close after strike partner Holt made a good cross from the left wing, only for Martin’s outstretched leg to put it wide.
In spite of the pressure from Norwich, the tractor boys managed to get an equaliser through Delaney, after a deep cross from Grant Leadbitter was nodded back across goal by Priskin, Delaney was the head on the end of it to make it 1-1.
The game was well battled for the next 6 minutes before a pin point pass from the impressive Arsenal loanee Lansbury, who picked out Holt’s diagonal run perfectly for him to slot it underneath Fulop.
To really rub salt in a wound, Ipswich had their goal scorer sent off for a professional foul on Holt, who was clean through on goal giving the referee no choice.
Ex Manchester United captain and now manager of Ipswich, Roy Keane, replaced Jason Scotland with Colin Healy in an attempt to solidify his defence as they were down to 10 men, and in need of an equaliser, but the second half continued to pile on the misery for Ipswich.
With Norwich controlling the tempo of the game, and limiting the possession of Ipswich it was no surprise when Holt scored his hat-trick to claim the match ball.
2 minutes later to add insult to injury, the Canaries scored again, this time through substitute Wes Hoolahan who got onto the end of Chris Martin’s superb ball, leaving Hoolahan to delicately chip the ball over the keeper and into the net.
Final score Norwich 4-1 Ipswich, a great result for the boys in yellow who now move up to 5th in the league, somewhere I doubt many of us expected them to be.
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