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Summary

  1. Jonny Howson puts Norwich in front
  2. Paul Anderson equalises for Ipswich
  3. Luke Varney taken off injured
  4. Final at Wembley on 25 May

Live Reporting

By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Mick McCarthy

    So, after a tense first leg, there's nothing separating Ipswich and Norwich, with Paul Anderson's equaliser at the end of the first half cancelling out Jonny Howson's opener.

    Although it was slightly lacking in high-quality moments, it was an intense derby game that leaves things nicely in the balance ahead of the second leg next Saturday.

    We'll see you here again, same time next week.

  2. That's not all folks....

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Ipswich Town

    Time to catch your breath after an intense East Anglian derby.

    But not for long as that was the first of four Football League play-offs we're covering this weekend.

    This evening at 19:45 BST it's the first of the League Two play-offs as Plymouth take on Wycombe.

    On Sunday at 12:15 BST, Preston take a 1-0 lead over Chesterfield back to Deepdale for the second-leg of their League One play-off clash.

    Later that evening it's back to League Two as Stevenage take on Southend at 18:35 BST.

    BBC Sport will be providing live text commentary on all of the play-off games.

  3. Post update

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Norwich City boss Alex Neil tells Sky Sports:

    "It's level-pegging. Obviously we'll be at home in the second leg and we'll want try to take advantage of that.

    "It was quite a strange game because I felt, in the first half there wasn't much in it, but we had some of the better chances.

    "Then I felt the longer the game went on, the more of the ball we had, but we had less chances.

    "I think both terms go in level-pegging so I'm expecting a similar encounter at our place."

  4. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Max Baggins-Craig: Great game, I was promised more goals though. Both clubs deserve promotion, but Norwich have put more into their season.

    Hugh Smith: That Redmond looks quite a player. bet he'll be in the Prem next season whatever happens to Norwich in the playoffs.

  5. Post update

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Norwich City goalscorer Jonny Howson tells Sky Sports:

    "Obviously a bit disappointed to concede just before half time.

    "It's set up nicely now. We look forward to next Saturday.

    "I don't think we're favourties next week. When you've got teams going for it so much, there are no easy games. It's all on one game now."

  6. Post update

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    David Pleat

    Ex-Tottenham manager, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Ipswich played with tremendous fire in the second half but the match was short of quality. Both goalkeepers were under-utilised and I'm sure they work harder in the warm-ups then they had to do in this game.

    "It was a tense game, a close competitive game but we never expected a classic. The excitement is there, the game is poised for the second leg and there is everything to play for."

  7. Post update

    FT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    A nervy finish for Ipswich in the end, but they avoided conceding late on, as Brentford did last night.

    That's only the seventh draw between these two teams at Portman Road, in 49 meetings.

  8. FULL-TIME

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    That's it. The teams will go to Carrow Road next Saturday on level terms.

  9. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Ipswich

    Nathan Redmond gets up to meet a Wes Hoolahan cross but his header is tipped over the bar by Bartosz Bialkowski.

    The resultant corner is cleared. We've got three minutes of stoppage time.

  10. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    We've had commitment, strength, desire and some fine defending, but as yet, no moments of real quality. One bit of brilliance could be the difference.

  11. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    This game has been simmering. You sense it hasn't quite reached it's climax yet. Is there a late twist in store, for a second day in a row in the Championship play-offs?

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Cameron Jerome is replaced by Gary Hooper, as Norwich perhaps play their trump card. Can the former Celtic man provide some play-off magic?

  13. YELLOW CARD

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Ipswich goalscorer Paul Anderson is booked for a foul on Russell Martin.

  14. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    A half chance for Norwich, as Bradley Johnson climbs highest to meet a Nathan Redmond corner, but can't direct his header on target.

  15. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    David Pleat

    Ex-Tottenham manager, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Most of the plaudits will come for the Ipswich defence at the moment who are playing very well and protecting Bialkowski.

    "For all of the play today the only downside, not enough shots at goal."

  16. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    End-to-end stuff all of a sudden, as Ipswich defend well at one end and then Daryl Murphy sprints away at the other, but his shot is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Another change for the hosts and Jonathan Parr comes on for Teddy Bishop.

  18. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Portman Road

    Ipswich v Norwich

    "It's time to bring out a footballing cliche - knifedge. This game is on one.

    "It would take a brave soul to predict which way this will go, and nerves are certainly palpable in Portman Road.

    "Every Norwich mistake and Ipswich chance is greeted with an almighty cheer. Someone could make themselves a hero today - that may be the talismanic the David McGoldrick, back on the hosts' bench after injury."

  19. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Norwich have had a good six or seven minute spell in the Ipswich half now. Can they make their pressure count?

    Christophe Berra
  20. SUBSTITUTION

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Now the hosts make a change of their own, with Jay Tabb replacing Kevin Bru.

  21. Plenty at stake...

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Don't forget the Championship play-off winner is in line for a £120m windfall with the final at Wembley on 25 May billed as the richest game in world football.

    You can understand why things are pretty tense at Portman Road.

    QPR
  22. SUBSTITUTION

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Norwich make a change and Wes Hoolahan is on for Graham Dorrans.

  23. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Nathan Redmond slips an inviting through ball in to Bradley Johnson, who has acres of space on the edge of the area but his powerful shot is deflected wide.

    Now it's the Ipswich fans' turn to breathe a sigh of relief.

  24. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Freddie Sears with a big chance with an unchallenged header from seven yards out, but it goes over. A let off for Norwich.

  25. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Freddie Sears wins a corner for Ipswich, chasing down Sebastien Bassong. That's woken the home crowd up again, as he calls for more noise. But Norwich clear the corner.

  26. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Bradley Johnson shoots from outside the area but his effort is comfortably saved by Town keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

  27. YELLOW CARD

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Cameron Jerome is booked for clipping the heels of Christophe Berra. It is a little soft, considering some of the strong challenges we've seen here in this East Anglian derby.

  28. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    John Ruddy

    You can really sense the tension. Both teams know the game is in the balance and it could easily swing either way.

  29. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    A relatively quiet start to the second half here so far. Ipswich need the crowd to liven up again a bit and continue their momentum after Paul Anderson's equaliser just before the break.

  30. YELLOW CARD

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Norwich's Graham Dorrans is booked for a cynical, late challenge on Paul Anderson.

    The Ipswich man looked like he might sprint away down the left flank and it was very much a case of Dorrans 'taking one for the team' as some players say. A bad foul.

  31. KICK-OFF

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    We are back underway for the second half of this first leg.

  32. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Max Baggins-Craig: Boom and they're straight back in it. This game has much promise for two deserved play-off teams. Keep em [goals] coming I say.

    I think we're certainly in for an exciting second-half Max!

  33. Post update

    HT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Portman Road

    "Fair play to Ipswich. Their heads could have dropped after Luke Varney's injury and Jonny Howson's goal, but backed by a vociferous crowd, they are level.

    "Paul Anderson, Varney's replacement, kept a very cool head to slot home in pressured circumstances. This game has all the classic derby makings."

  34. A winner surely?

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    In the 48 games between these two sides at Portman Road, there have only been six draws.

    Who is going to make themselves a hero in the second-half and grab a winner then?

    Ipswich Norwich Info
  35. Post update

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    David Pleat

    Ex-Tottenham manager, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "We are all set for a great second half. Mick McCarthy did a jig of excitement after that Paul Anderson goal for Ipswich.

    "Ipswich have shown a bit more passion in the last 10 minutes when previously Norwich had been allowed to play. It is going to be a exciting game now. Ipswich are right back in the game and deserve to be."

  36. Post update

    HT: Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Ipswich fans

    Portman Road is bouncing as the players go off at the break. That's completely changed both managers' half-time team talks.

    Both teams had spells of dominance in that half, so 1-1 is probably just about right so far.

  37. HALF-TIME

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City

    Well, we have a game ladies and gentleman. Ipswich with that vital goal in added time at the end of the first-half.

    Norwich will be frustrated that they let their lead slip.

  38. GOAL

    Ipswich Town 1-1 Norwich City (Anderson)

    Game on! Substitute Paul Anderson finishes from six yards out after John Ruddy's save from Fredie Sears spilled out to Daryl Murphy - his rebound was blocked and the ball bounced nicely to Anderson, who could hardly miss.

    What a noise around Portman Road. We've had quite a finish to the first-half here.

    Paul Anderson
  39. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-1 Norwich City

    David Pleat

    Ex-Tottenham manager, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Cameron Jerome got the wrong side of Luke Chambers and put in an early ball. It was a simple finish from Jonny Howson - he side-footed the ball across his body into the goal. It was a good early pass from Jerome and that did the damage.

    "Ipswich must not over-commit themselves and get caught by a second goal. In fairness, Norwich have been a bit better at getting the ball into the box."

    To listen to live commentary, click on the play button at the top of this page.

  40. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-1 Norwich City

    Six minutes have been added on here, after that injury to Luke Varney.

  41. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-1 Norwich City

    Well, that wasn't in the script for Mick McCarthy's side.

    After that goal, it's fair to say that things got a little bit feisty between the two sets of supporters, but the police and stewards have calmed things down.

    The Norwich fans are in dreamland. They've won their last four derbies and, as things stand, they could make that five.

  42. GOAL

    Ipswich Town 0-1 Norwich City (Howson)

    We have a breakthrough, and the visitors are in front.

    Cameron Jerome does really well down the left and bursts away from Tommy Smith before squaring the ball in towards the on-rushing Jonny Howson, who finishes very neatly into the bottom corner.

    Jonathan Howson
  43. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Daryl Murphy is unmarked and rises well to meet a Luke Chambers cross, but his glancing header across goal goes wide of the far post.

  44. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Cameron Jerome is stretching his hamstring a little bit, which will be a concern for Norwich fans.

    He's having a decent game so far, using his strength well, as he so often does.

  45. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    The substitute has a chance immediately but Paul Anderson can't get his header on target. We remain goalless here.

  46. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Portman Road

    "It's safe to say chances that been few and far between, but the match has still been as enthralling as you'd have expected before kick-off.

    "Norwich have Jon Ruddy to thank after that superb early double save, but Alex Neil's side appear to be growing into the match in front of the intimidating Town fans.

    "Speaking of which, some of the chants show there isn't much love lost between the two sets of fans."

    Daryl Murphy
  47. SUBSTITUTION

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    This doesn't look good for Luke Varney. Sad to see, especially in such a big game.

    The Ipswich man is taken off on a stretcher, and there is sympathetic applause from all around the ground.

    Paul Anderson comes on to replace him.

  48. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Luke Varney has gone down off the ball. His body twisted as he fell in agony. That looked painful, and when you're injured without any contact with another player, it can often mean it's a pretty bad one.

  49. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    The visitors are having some joy down their right flank and another good chance finds Bradley Johnson at the far post, but he heads wide.

  50. CLOSE!

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Alex Tettey

    Norwich inches away from the opener. Alex Tettey hits a curler from outside the area and it clips the outside of the post! Bartosz Bialkowski didn't move in the Ipswich goal.

    The home fans breath a sigh of relief.

  51. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Nathan Redmond finds Steven Whittaker on the overlap and he sends in a dangerous cross for Jonny Howson, but Luke Chambers jumps well to block his header.

    That's Norwich's best move of the match so far.

  52. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski sends a simple long clearance astray, out for a throw on the halfway line, and Mick McCarthy is furious with him.

    John Ruddy's double save remains the only goalmouth action we've seen so far.

  53. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Steve Smith: It's time to see Ipswich back in the top flight. 2-1, today; 0-0 at Carrow Road

    Ross Potter: As much as I hate to admit it, our record against Norwich recently has been terrible, and can't see us changing that today.

    Goalless so far. Who's going to make the difference today?

  54. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Norwich have had a lot of the ball so far, but are yet to have an effort on goal. Alex Tettey is getting stuck in in midfield

  55. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Daryl Murphy is undoubtedly Ipswich's biggest threat going forward. He has 27 goals in all competitions so far this season. Norwich will need to keep him as quiet as possible today, but he is already looking lively.

  56. GREAT SAVE!

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    The game sparks in to life. Ipswich with a huge chance.

    Daryl Murphy does well to burst into the area, squares the ball to Freddy Sears and John Ruddy pulls of a good save to deny him, before stopping Luke Varney's follow-up header as well. Excellent goalkeeping

  57. Post update

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    Both sets of fans are making plenty of noise. No clear opening for either side yet, although the ball did fall for Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans within shooting distance but he couldn't connect with his volley - cue taunts from the home crowd.

  58. KICK-OFF

    Ipswich Town 0-0 Norwich City

    We are underway in arguably one of the most important East Anglian derbies of all time...

  59. Here we go...

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    The teams are out at Portman Road. To say the atmosphere is lively would be a real understatement.

    Don't go anywhere!

  60. Advantage Boro...

    Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough

    Brentford v Middlesbrough

    Of course, this year's Championship play-offs have already begun, with Middlesbrough beating Brentford 2-1 in last night's game at Griffin Park.

    Fernando Amorebieta's deflected strike in injury time gave Boro the advantage going into the second leg.

    Who will prevail on 25 May at Wembley in what is famously billed as the richest game in football?

    Read our BBC Sport feature here.

  61. It will be a tense atmosphere - Neil

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Alex Neil

    Norwich manager Alex Neil says he wants his side to take the game to Ipswich right from the off.

    "The early kick-off doesn't concern us. We played at lunch-time last week and won," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "We're in good form, and everything we've done up to this point suggests we're strong contenders in the tie.

    "I'm excited. I like competing, whoever I'm up against, and we always play to win, whatever's at stake.

    "It will be a tense atmosphere, it will be really vocal, it will be strong, it will be physical, and we've got to start on the front foot and try to implement our game on them."

  62. Fans believe in the team - McCarthy

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Mick McCarthy

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has said he does not believe it is vital for the Tractor Boys to take an advantage to Carrow Road.

    The two teams will have to wait another week until the second-leg on Saturday, 16 May

    "The fixture won't be over until the final whistle goes at Carrow Road," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

    "The fans trust and believe in the team, and so do I. I just want two good performances, and whatever will happen, will happen.

    "Everything's fine, everybody's very relaxed. I think the club and fans have a team they can be proud of, off and on the pitch, and whatever happens over the next two or three games, my pride in them won't be diminished.

  63. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Ben Howell: Norwich to take one goal lead back to Carrow Road and finish the job there #prideofanglia #bestteamwillgothrough

    What do you think Ipswich fans? Is Ben right?

  64. Play-off derbies of the past...

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    This is not the first time that local rivals have met in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

    In 2007, West Brom enjoyed a 4-2 aggregate win over their black country rivals Wolves, but went on to lose to Derby in the final.

    More recently, the play-off semi-finals brought us the so-called 'M23 derby', with Crystal Palace beating Brighton over two legs on their way to promotion.

    Going back a bit further in time, Sunderland fans will have fond memories of beating Newcastle 2-0 on aggregate in 1990.

  65. Lee Clark resigns

    In other Championship news...

    Lee Clark

    It has already been a dramatic day in the Championship, with Lee Clark resigning as Blackpool manager.

    Clark, 42, won three of his 33 games in charge since arriving at Bloomfield Road on 30 October.

    The Seasiders' relegation to League One was confirmed on 6 April and their last game of the season was abandoned following a pitch invasion by disgruntled fans.

  66. We've got it covered

    Football League play-offs on the BBC

    BBC Sport

    Three games down, 12 games to go in this season's Football League play-offs.

    BBC Sport will be providing a live text commentary of every single play-off game - whether it's in the Championship, League One or League Two - including all three finals at Wembley on 23-25 May.

  67. Crunch time

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Phil Shepka

    BBC Sport at Portman Road

    "It's a glorious Suffolk day for what Norwich manager Alex Neil has billed as one of the biggest East Anglian derbies in history.

    "Neil's Canaries were hoping to avoid the proverbial lottery of the play-offs by going up automatically, but missed out despite 15 wins from 22 since the Scot took charge at Carrow Road.

    "The Norfolk side have had the upper hand in recent meetings of the two, winning all of the last four, with an aggregate score of 12-2.

    "But Ipswich and Mick McCarthy will be delighted to be in the play-offs for the first time in 10 seasons, despite working on a shoestring.

    "Town don't have the greatest play-off record, losing in the semi-finals in six of their seven attempts, but as we are all too aware, literally anything can happen at crunch time."

  68. Get Involved

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Who are you backing today, then? Which of these sides will hold the advantage before the second leg next Saturday?

    We want to hear your views.

    Get in touch via the BBC Sport Facebook page or by using #bbcfootball on Twitter.

  69. LINE-UPS

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Ipswich: Bialkowski, Mings, Chambers (c), Smith, Berra, Skuse, Murphy, Varney, Bru, Sears, Bishop.

    Subs: Gerken, Parr, Anderson, S.Hunt, Tabb, N. Hunt, McGoldrick.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin (c), Bassong, Olsson, Tettey, Howson, Dorrans, Redmond, Johnson; Jerome.

    Subs: Rudd, Hooper, Hoolahan, E Bennett, R Bennett, O'Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe.

  70. Team News

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Ipswich Town have made two changes to the side which lost 3-2 at Blackburn on the final day.

    Kevin Bru and Luke Varney replace Jonathan Parr and Jay Tabb

    Norwich have made four changes. Steven Whittaker, Alexander Tettey, Graham Dorrans and Cameron Jerome come in for Gary Hooper, Wes Hoolahan, Elliott Bennett and Gary O'Neill.

  71. A derby with a difference

    Ipswich Town v Norwich City (12:15 BST)

    Norwich fans

    Losing to your fiercest local rivals can be painful enough for football fans. It's a feeling that many of us dread.

    But just imagine that pain coupled with the knowledge that your dream of promotion is over for at least another year...and then having to watch your rivals enjoying a day out at Wembley.

    Well, that's the scenario both Ipswich and Norwich are desperate to avoid, with a place in the 2015 Championship play-off final just 180 minutes away.

    Can either side grab a foothold in this tie? We shall see...