Norwich City survived a late Ipswich Town onslaught to win the first East Anglian derby in more than three years.

A tense atmosphere at Portman Road was broken midway through the first half when Lewis Grabban's back-header from five yards put City in front.

Daryl Murphy missed a superb headed chance for Ipswich and Grabban failed to add to his tally from two opportunities that saw him through on goal.

Town drove forward in a breathless final 15 minutes but the Canaries held their nerve to win a third successive derby.

The 40-month wait for the Suffolk-Norfolk grudge match would have weighed more heavily on Town fans, who had to endure 4-1 and 5-1 drubbings at the hands of their old rivals three years ago.

Ipswich v Norwich head to head

Competition Ipswich wins Draws Norwich wins

League

38

4

31

Total

40

17

37

And while another derby day defeat will hurt just as much, Ipswich showed they have the commitment and endeavour to challenge a Norwich side who are set up to secure an immediate return to the Premier League.

It was a first taste of the East Anglian showdown for Town manager Mick McCarthy, but his counterpart Neil Adams has experienced the tension of the fixture as a player during his years in a yellow shirt, and his emotion was evident after the final whistle as he marched over to the visiting supporters, waving both clenched fists in the air.

Adams' side has been more expensively assembled than McCarthy's team of budget buys, and it was a more ruthless edge in the final third that proved the difference for the Canaries.

Grabban, one of Norwich's summer arrivals, scored his fourth goal in four games for the club when he directed Tettey's chipped ball into the box beyond Dean Gerken, in an otherwise cagey opening period.

Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty

Norwich striker Lewis Grabban is congratulated by Kyle Lafferty after his winning goal in the derby

There was a momentary pause as the Town defence looked for an offside flag, but Christophe Berra, stricken on the floor near the goal-line, played the striker onside.

Grabban could have made it a much more comfortable afternoon for Adams, particularly in a very open second half, as he chipped over the bar when through one-on-one and saw another effort cleared off the line by Tommy Smith.

Those chances had come after Murphy had inexplicably planted a header wide of John Ruddy's post in a moment that lifted the home crowd, but turned out to be their clearest opportunity.

Ipswich piled late pressure on the City defence as David McGoldrick shot from a tight angle and Berra was inches away from connecting with a loose ball, but Norwich were able to survive unscathed.

Norwich manager Neil Adams: "I have played in East Anglian derbies and it means just as much to win as a manager. It is not an easy place to go but I and the players knew exactly what it meant to our supporters. It is only three points but this is a massive game for the supporters."

McCarthy on Ipswich v Norwich

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "It was a hard-fought game - the goal changed the course of it and the momentum. Losing 1-0 allowed them to catch us on the break in the second half although we had a gilt-edged chance with Daryl Murphy's header.

"It is no disgrace in how we played against a side who will be challenging. It is just difficult when it is your nearest and not so dearest."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich Town

  • 01 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 03 Mings Booked
  • 11 Anderson (Sammon - 72' )
  • 19 Hyam (Bru - 71' )
  • 08 Skuse Booked
  • 18 Tabb (Henshall - 72' )
  • 09 Murphy
  • 10 McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 02 Parr
  • 14 Bajner
  • 17 Bru
  • 21 Hewitt
  • 23 Henshall
  • 32 Sammon
  • 33 Bialkowski

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 05 Martin
  • 24 R Bennett (Garrido - 7' )
  • 06 Turner
  • 02 Whittaker
  • 27 Tettey
  • 04 Johnson
  • 09 Lafferty Booked (E Bennett - 53' )
  • 14 Hoolahan (O'Neil - 83' )
  • 22 Redmond
  • 07 Grabban

Substitutes

  • 03 Cuéllar
  • 10 Jerome
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 18 Garrido
  • 21 Murphy
  • 26 Rudd
  • 29 O'Neil
Ref: Keith Stroud
Att: 25,245

Match Stats

Shots

12 17

On target

2 8

Corners

5 3

Fouls

13 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Norwich City 1.

90:00 +3:06

Offside, Norwich City. Lewis Grabban tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

90:00 +1:41

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

90:00 +0:50

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

90:00 +0:50

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:04

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:04

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

88:33

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:33

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Norwich City).

87:47

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:47

Foul by Gary O'Neil (Norwich City).

87:20

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

87:20

Gary O'Neil (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:37

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

84:33

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

83:25

Hand ball by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

82:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary O'Neil replaces Wes Hoolahan.

81:35 Booking

Booking Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:28

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

81:28

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:26

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

80:26

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Norwich City).

79:19

Attempt saved. Javier Garrido (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

78:15

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Turner.

76:35

Attempt missed. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

75:47

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Turner.

74:10

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

73:14

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

72:31

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

72:26

Attempt blocked. Elliott Bennett (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Tettey.

71:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Conor Sammon replaces Paul Anderson.

71:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Alex Henshall replaces Jay Tabb.

70:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Luke Hyam.

70:00

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but Jay Tabb is caught offside.

69:15

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:15

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

68:47

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

65:23

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:23

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Norwich City).

64:43

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:43

Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

64:06

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

61:15

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

60:28

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Tommy Smith is caught offside.

59:43

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

58:37

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

57:58

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by John Ruddy.

57:56

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a headed pass.

57:26

Offside, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

52:57

Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

52:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Elliott Bennett replaces Kyle Lafferty.

51:51

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Javier Garrido with a through ball.

51:19

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

51:19

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:45

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a cross.

48:27

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

48:27

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:50

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

47:50

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

46:55

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

46:55

John Ruddy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:49

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Norwich City 1.

45:00 +7:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Norwich City 1.

45:00 +6:06

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +6:06

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

45:00 +5:30

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

45:00 +4:57

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Turner.

45:00 +4:56

Attempt blocked. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

45:00 +2:24

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

45:00 +2:24

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:43

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross following a set piece situation.

44:00

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

44:00

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:06

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Chambers following a corner.

42:42

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

39:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:42

Delay in match Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) because of an injury.

38:02

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:02

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

36:23

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

35:59

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Gerken.

35:32 Booking

Booking Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:12

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:12

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

29:27

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

28:33

Attempt missed. Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

28:30

Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:43

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cole Skuse following a set piece situation.

26:46

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:46

Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

26:02 Booking

Booking Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:58

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

25:58

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:38

Attempt missed. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

24:51

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

24:51

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:17

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

24:17

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Norwich City 1. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexander Tettey with a headed pass following a corner.

22:32

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

21:57

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

17:43

Attempt saved. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

16:37

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

16:37

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:48

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a headed pass.

8:55

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:55

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

8:06

Offside, Norwich City. Javier Garrido tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

6:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Javier Garrido replaces Ryan Bennett because of an injury.

2:50

Delay in match Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) because of an injury.

2:21

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:21

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

1:00

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

1:00

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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