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Honours even as Ipswich hold Norwich to draw

Jonas Knudsen scored the opening goal Credit: PA Images

Ipswich put a huge dent in Norwich City's play-off hopes with a hard fought draw at Carrow Road.

Mick McCarthy has never managed a derby win, but it looked like that might change after Jonas Knudsen headed his side into the lead.

That lead didn't last long though, with Jacob Murphy beating Bartosz Bialkowski at his near post to level things up.

Both sides will feel they should have have won the game. The referee failed to spot a solid penalty claim by David McGoldrick with just 8 minutes on the clock.

City had a goal by Mitchell Dijks chalked off for handball.

Before the game Mick McCarthy said he'd have been happy with a point - perhaps even more now that may have ended Norwich's hopes for a play-off spot.

They sit six points off the top six.

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McCarthy 'surprised' by East Anglian derby rivalry

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy admits he's been surprised by the intense rivalry between his club and local rivals Norwich City.

The Irishman has taken charge of five derbies so far, but has yet to taste victory.

Ipswich will be aiming to win their first game at Carrow Road since 2006 on Sunday.

"If you come to both clubs you get well received, it's a nice place to come to, expect when Norwich and Ipswich pay each other," McCarthy said.

"They hate one another and I've been surprised at that."

Suspended Lawrence ruled out of East Anglian derby

Tom Lawrence won't play at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

In-form Ipswich Town winger Tom Lawrence has been ruled out of the upcoming East Anglian derby after picking up his 10th booking of the season against Brighton last night.

The Welshman has been in inspired form for Town recently, scoring eight goals since the turn of the year.

However, he is now facing a two-match suspension - meaning he'll sit out Saturday's home clash with Leeds United, and the trip to face Norwich City on February 26.

Leicester City loanee Lawrence helped Ipswich claim an impressive point at second-placed Brighton last night, setting up Luke Chambers' goal in a 1-1 draw.

Norwich City have been dealt a blow of their own ahead of the derby, with the news that striker Nélson Oliveira is facing 4-6 weeks out with a foot injury.

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