Knudsen so close but Canaries take local honours
Town had the better chances in the first-half but the wait for a derby win goes on.
Jonas Knudsen hit the woodwork on five minutes and David McGoldrick headed over just before the break as Town edged the first-half openings.
It was the Canaries who provided the decisive moment though just before the hour, James Maddison’s calm finish after a counter giving Norwich the three points.
Joe Garner returned to the side after recovering from a knee injury, Jordan Spence preferred to Dominic Iorfa at full-back, with Tom Adeyemi in midfield.
Town started brightly and Martyn Waghorn forced Angus Gunn into a low save.
Blues were a coat of paint away from taking the lead soon after, Knudsen rattling the post with a left foot rocket.
Garner pulled his shot wide after breaking down the right, Waghorn going much closer with a left foot effort.
Maddison led the response for Norwich, his clever pass finding Yanic Wildschut inside the box but his effort failed to trouble Bart Bialkowski.
McGoldrick sent a 30 yarder over the bar, while at the other end Bialkowski denied Wildschut and then Marco Stiepermann in quick succession.
Garner headed wide from a corner, McGoldrick denied at the near post, then Waghorn almost got in before Gunn came to Norwich’s rescue.
A brilliant tackle from Tristan Nydam robbed Wildschut as he looked to shoot, then Cameron Jerome headed over from close range.
McGoldrick was crowded out on the edge of the box, Adeyemi unable to find the target with a header against his former club then McGoldrick lost his marker but couldn’t keep his header down from Waghorn’s free-kick just before the break in the clearest chance of the first-half.
Garner volleyed wide from 25 yards as the second-half got underway, Cole Skuse doing superbly to quell the danger from Maddison inside the Town box after a clever pass from Wes Hoolahan.
McGoldrick’s diving header flashed wide of the far post from Spence’s cross, Bialkowski saving low down from Jerome after the increasingly influential Hoolahan had set him up.
The Republic of Ireland international was the architect of the opener just before the hour, leading a Norwich break that saw Wildschut find Maddison and he did the rest with a strike into the bottom corner.
Flynn Downes replaced Adeyemi in Town’s first change midway through the half, the teenager quickly joining Spence and Luke Chambers in the referee’s book after a foul on Tom Trybull.
Bialkowski robbed Jerome as Norwich threatened a second before Blues made a double change with Freddie Sears and Bersant Celina on for Garner and Nydam.
Gunn held firm from Skuse’s lofted cross, Chambers defending superbly at the other end as Wildschut broke one on one, then Sears’ clever pass almost found Waghorn but James Husband cleared.
Waghorn tested Gunn with a right foot effort from the edge of the box, Skuse couldn’t connect properly with a volley as Town pressed for an equaliser, the midfielder much better from 30 yards but Gunn held on.
Celina was denied after a 30 yard run, then his header landed in Gunn’s hands before Waghorn went so close with a chip but Blues couldn’t unlock the door.
Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Webster, Knudsen, Waghorn, Skuse, Adeyemi (Downes 66), Nydam (Celina 76), McGoldrick, Garner (Sears 76). Subs not used: Gerken, Iorfa, Connolly, Ward. Booked: Spence, Chambers, Downes.
Norwich: Gunn, Pinto, Reed, Zimmermann (Hanley 65), Jerome, Hoolahan (Husband 77), Klose, Wildschut, Stiepermann, Trybull, Maddison (Vrancic 87). Subs not used: McGovern, Oliveira, Murphy, Franke.