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

By Phil ShepkaBBC Sport at Carrow Road
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



Formation 4-4-1-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 12Hunt
  • 16Hunt
  • 18Tabb
  • 28Clarke
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 3, Ipswich Town 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

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

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Elliott Bennett replaces Bradley Johnson.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Cameron Jerome.

As It Stood

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