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26 February 2017

Knudsen strikes again in derby as honours even at Carrow Road

Jonas Knudsen followed up his derby goal in the first encounter in August with another as the honours were shared at Carrow Road.

The Denmark international headed Town in front just past the hour to send the 2000 strong travelling Blue Army into a frenzy.

Norwich were level though six minutes later when Jacob Murphy finally beat the outstanding Bart Bialkowski. 

The Town ‘keeper produced a terrific save to prevent Knudsen deflecting a cross into his own net and denied Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey from conjuring up a winner as Blues stretched the unbeaten run to five games and dented Norwich’s Play-Off hopes at the same time.    

Town stayed with the same side that drew with Leeds last weekend, Toumani Diagouraga named among the substitutes after recovering from illness. 

Christophe Berra stayed strong to deny Cameron Jerome getting in. From the resultant corner Jonny Howson had successive shots blocked, then Jerome failed to hit the target from a great position following Mitchell Dijks’ cross.

Freddie Sears forced a corner from a cross after Jordan Spence had burst into Norwich territory as the game began at a frantic pace, Spence’s well intended chip over the top for Ward just having too much pace on it. David McGoldrick went down in the box from a corner but no penalty.

Berra was sharp again to prevent Jerome getting in on goal from Dijks’ pass, the Canaries striker then heading over from the corner.

Dijks was causing Town problems with his support play from left-back and it needed the excellent reactions of Bialkowski to prevent his cross being deflected into Blues’ net off Knudsen.

Town’s ‘keeper was in action again seconds later to smother the danger as Jerome threatened from an Ivo Pinto pass.

McGoldrick, whose influence was growing on the game, found Myles Kenlock with a terrific pass but his cross was forced clear by Russell Martin as Sears looked to get in.

Jerome, always looking to get around the back of the Town defence, was denied by the alert Bialkowski, Wes Hoolahan then blasting over after Steven Naismith and Dijks had combined to set him up 16 yards out.

Jerome couldn’t find the empty net from a very acute angle after Berra’s header back had evaded Bialkowski, Knudsen holding his own to deny the tricky 
Hoolahan before McGoldrick fired over in the last effort of the first-half.

Dijks had the ball in the net in the first two minutes of the second-half but was judged to have forced Hoolahan’s corner in with his arm - which he did. Bialkowski then did brilliantly to tip away Naismith’s flick header.

Tommy Smith replaced Kenlock on 55 minutes, the New Zealand international making his first appearance since back surgery, Sears picking up the first booking for a foul on Pinto. 

Jerome sent a header at Bialkowski from Hoolahan’s free-kick, Town responding with Sears prominent in the box before Dijks cleared.

It was Town who broke the deadlock on 62 minutes, Knudsen losing his man at the far post to send his header into the net from Spence’s cross. 

Naismith threatened an equaliser with Bialkowski denying the Scotland international but Norwich were level on 68 minutes, Murphy finding the net with a low drive.

Jerome headed wide before Town made a second change with Kieffer Moore on for his first experience of an East Anglia derby, Sears making way. 

Bialkowski produced another top class save, forcing over Tettey’s bullet strike from the edge of the box, Josh Murphy becoming Norwich’s first change, replacing Naismith. 

Knudsen’s header was cleared at full stretch by Pinto as the points hung in the balance, Hoolahan replaced by Alex Pritchard. 

Diagouraga entered the fray for the last 10 minutes, Emyr Huws making way. Bialkowski again denying the Canaries, keeping out Pritchard’s right foot effort and Dijks’ long range strike.

The Town ‘keeper was at it again, stopping Jerome in added on time as Blues kept hold of the point. 

Norwich: Ruddy, Pinto, Martin, Klose, Dijks, Tettey, Howson, Jacob Murphy, Hoolahan (Pritchard 78), Naismith (Josh Murphy 76), Jerome. Subs not used: McGovern, Whittaker, Wildschut, Lafferty, Bennett.

Town: Bialkowski, Spence, Chambers, Berra, Knudsen, Kenlock (Smith 55), Skuse, Ward, Huws (Diagouraga 80), McGoldrick, Sears (Moore 74). Subs not used: Gerken, Emmanuel, Bru, Pitman. Booked: Sears, Spence.
Att: 27,107



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