Burns earns point for Ipswich in frantic East Anglian derby

16 December 2023 0 By Total Football News

Ipswich were denied the chance to replace Leicester at the top of the Sky Bet Championship after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Norwich at Portman Road.

Having spurned two earlier chances to give Town the lead, Nathan Broadhead rifled home from a George Hirst header to give the hosts the lead in the first East Anglian derby since February 2019.

The lead was short-lived, as a determined Jon Rowe volleyed in from close range five minutes before the break and, inside three minutes of the restart, the England U21 international struck a low shot through a crowd, which took a deflection on its way past Vaclav Hladky into the back of the net.

Wes Burns celebrates scoring their side's second goal

Wes Burns came up trumps on the hour, though, as he found the bottom corner with his second goal in four games, which earned a point for Ipswich, who move level on points with leaders Leicester.

Norwich climb to ninth ahead of the remainder of Saturday afternoon’s action.

Long-awaited derby day lives up to expectations

Ipswich dominated the first half and should have been ahead by at least three goals.

Broadhead spurned the chance to put the home side ahead in the 20th minute when he danced round a couple of tackles to leave him one on one with Angus Gunn in the Norwich goal, before he put his shot narrowly wide of the left-hand post.

The Wales international was in the thick of the action moments later when he picked up a cross from Burns but fired the ball just the wrong side of the same post.

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George Hirst’s header drops to Nathan Broadhead in the box, who strikes for Ipswich to make it 1-0

Town then spurned their third good opportunity to take the lead when Rowe’s loose touch was pounced on by Broadhead. He worked the ball inside to George Hirst who slipped it on to Burns, but he smashed his shot over the bar.

Broadhead made up for his earlier missed chances in the 34th minute when he found the target following Town’s first corner.

The ball was cleared from the Norwich six-yard area but, after Massimo Luongo headed it back into the danger area, Hirst flicked it on and Broadhead rammed the ball home.

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Norwich’s Jon Rowe brings the score level against Ipswich with a brilliant volley inside the box

Norwich struck back with their first shot on target through Rowe six minutes later.

His attempted scissor kick was initially blocked by Luke Woolfenden but it landed back at the City man’s feet and he managed to find the net much to the joy of the travelling 2,004 Norwich fans among the 29,611 inside the stadium.

The visitors then took the lead through the same scorer four minutes after the break.

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Jon Rowe doubles his tally to give Norwich a 2-1 lead against high-flying rivals Ipswich

A throw in from Marcelino Nunez found Ashley Barnes, whose header landed at the feet of Rowe who drilled his shot through a crowded six-yard area and straight under Vaclav Hladky.

Town equalised through Burns on the hour-mark.

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Wes Burns’ thumping equaliser sends Ed Sheeran and Portman Road into a frenzy!

Broadhead and Connor Chaplin were involved in the move and the ball was moved on to Burns whose shot from the edge of the penalty area went through the legs of Norwich defender Sam McCallum and into the net.

Broadhead bent a low shot towards the far corner which Gunn pushed away and substitute Omari Hutchinson ran out of room to push the rebound home as the two teams battled for a winner in the closing minutes.

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