Championship - 2nd Leg
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Norwich City 3-1 Ipswich Town (agg 4-2)

Norwich celebrate
Norwich players celebrate Cameron Jerome's goal in the 3-1 win over Ipswich

Norwich secured a Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough after beating 10-man rivals Ipswich Town.

With the score level at 1-1 after the first leg, Norwich got the breakthrough when Christophe Berra was sent off for handling Nathan Redmond's shot and Wes Hoolahan scored from the spot.

Tommy Smith equalised from close range, but Redmond's strike swung it back in the Canaries' favour.

Cameron Jerome tucked in a third to seal victory and a trip to Wembley.

The result leaves Ipswich needing to prepare for a 14th straight season in the Championship and still without a win at Carrow Road since 2006.

But it gives Norwich a shot at an instant return to the Premier League against a side who finished one place below them in the table and beat Brentford 5-1 on aggregate in their semi-final.

Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan fired Norwich ahead from the penalty spot

The Canaries' form under boss Alex Neil has been remarkable, having now won 16 of their 24 games since he replaced Neil Adams.

The 33-year-old Scot, who was this week still doing his coaching badges, is on for a second straight promotion after guiding Hamilton into the Scottish Premiership last year.

Ipswich, who have now lost at the semi-final stage in seven of their eight play-off campaigns, had the first opening of the match but top scorer Daryl Murphy could not keep his header down.

In a first half epitomised by high intensity but a lack of cutting edge, the closest either side came to a goal was when City skipper Russell Martin's turn and shot was cleared off the line by Ipswich's scorer last weekend, Paul Anderson.

The start of the second period belied that of the drab first, as Redmond curled a shot towards goal and Berra stuck out a hand on the line to turn it behind.

Championship play-off semi-finals
Friday, 8 May: Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough
Saturday, 9 May: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City
Friday, 15 May: Middlesbrough 3-0 Brentford
Saturday, 16 May: Norwich City 3-1 Ipswich Town

The referee had no option but to send the Scotland international off, and Hoolahan sent keeper Bartosz Bialkowski the wrong way from the spot.

But, despite having a man less, the visitors levelled when Murphy knocked down a free-kick into the path of Smith, who kept his cool to round John Ruddy and roll the ball home.

The scores were not level for long though, as four minutes later Redmond found space in the box to fire home low and hard under Bialkowski.

Jerome missed a golden chance from Jonny Howson's cross with the goal gaping but he soon made amends, tucking the ball underneath the onrushing Bialkowski from Redmond's pinpoint ball through.

Redmond wasted two more chances to extend his side's lead, but it did not matter as some Canaries fans celebrated at the final whistle with a mini pitch invasion.

Christophe Berra
Christophe Berra was sent off for handling Nathan Redmond's goalbound shot
Wes Hoolahan
Wes Hoolahan was named in the Norwich team instead of Graham Dorrans
Tommy Smith equalised for Ipswich's 10 men
Tommy Smith equalised for Ipswich's 10 men
Stephen Fry
Fan Stephen Fry was at Carrow Road to see Norwich reach Wembley for the first time since 1985
Nathan Redmond and Elliott Bennett celebrate with Norwich fans after the final whistle
Nathan Redmond and Elliott Bennett celebrate with Norwich fans after the final whistle

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23Olsson
  • 22Redmond
  • 8Howson
  • 27Tettey
  • 4JohnsonBooked at 30minsSubstituted forBennettat 87'minutes
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forDorransat 74'minutes
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forHooperat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Hooper
  • 17Bennett
  • 21Murphy
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 41Dorrans

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6BerraBooked at 49mins
  • 3Mings
  • 17BruSubstituted forTabbat 71'minutes
  • 8SkuseBooked at 90mins
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forHuntat 83'minutes
  • 27BishopSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 71'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 12Hunt
  • 16Hunt
  • 18Tabb
  • 28Clarke
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
26,994

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 3, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Ipswich Town 1.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tyrone Mings.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Elliott Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Elliott Bennett replaces Bradley Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

Offside, Norwich City. Graham Dorrans tries a through ball, but Gary Hooper is caught offside.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Cameron Jerome.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Noel Hunt replaces Paul Anderson.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by John Ruddy.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 3, Ipswich Town 1. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a through ball.

Sebastien Bassong (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Graham Dorrans replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Offside, Norwich City. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jay Tabb replaces Kevin Bru.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick replaces Teddy Bishop.

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Cameron Jerome (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Ipswich Town 1. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt saved. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth462612898455390
2Watford462781191504189
3Norwich4625111088484086
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich4622121272541878
7Wolves4622121270561478
8Derby4621141185562977
9Blackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton461418145460-660
13Sheff Wed461418144349-660
14Nottm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield461316175875-1755
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham461116194667-2146
22Millwall46914234276-3441
23Wigan46912253964-2539
24Blackpool46414283691-5526
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