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EFL talking points: Norwich City rely on James Maddison again while Ipswich Town's attendances dwindle

James Maddison scores from the spot Credit: PA
  • Norwich City rely on James Maddison once again

According to Norwich City manager Daniel Farke it was a scandal that his side only managed a single point against the in-form Derby County.

Considering midfielder Tom Trybull was ruled out for the season before the game and the Canaries went 1-0 down after just 12 minutes a point seems like a respectable result.

It could have been a different story for Norwich however if Nelson Oliveira had have scored from the spot in the 40th minute after Scott Carson brought down James Maddison.

Roles reversed in the second half when Nelson Oliveria was brought down and James Maddison stepped up cooly to slot home for his 10th goal of the season.

  • Ipswich Town's attendances continue to decline
Mick McCarthy saw his side draw 0-0 at the weekend Credit: PA

Having beat Sunderland 0-2 away from home last week this was the perfect opportunity to build some momentum ahead of the East Anglian Derby for Mick McCarthy's men.

It wasn't a happy day for the 13,815 Ipswich fans that turned up though as they watched their team draw 0-0 against bottom of the table Burton Albion. It also meant it was the lowest attendance at Portman Road for a league game since October 1998.

Despite Ipswich being above Norwich in the league table on goal difference, the inconsistency and quickly declining morale of fans will be a real worry for McCarthy who this week said he's fully committed to Ipswich despite being heavily linked to his hometown club Barnsley.

  • Southend enjoying life under Chris Powell
Chris Powell becomes the first Southend United manager to win his first 3 games in charge Credit: PA

It's now three wins on the bounce for Southend United under new manager Chris Powell. This weekends was argubly the most impressive though beating top of the table Wigan at home.

It also now means that Powell becomes the first ever Southend boss to win his first three games in charge.

Having gone 2-0 up through goals from Michael Turner and Marc-Antoine Fortune the Shrimpers were made to work for the three points when James Vaughan volleyed home to give Wigan a chance. However an 83rd minute goal from Michael Kightly meant Southend continue to rise up the League One table.

  • League One relegation battle heats up
Dan Miccichie is still without a win as MK Dons manager Credit: PA

While Northampton Town continue their upward trajectory with a brilliant win over AFC Wimbledon, MK Dons conceded 2 goals in the final seven minutes of their game against Portsmouth to lose 1-2. It now means MK Dons are four points from safety and manager Dan Micciche is still without a win.

The Dons may be able to find some optimism through the fact they came so close to picking up a positive result against the play-off challenging Portsmouth and that they have two games in hand on some of the teams above them.

Northampton will simply want to continue their form that's helped them put distance between them and the relegation zone over the past few weeks.

  • Cambridge United left without a manager after goalless draw
Shaun Derry has left Cambridge United by mutual consent Credit: PA

Cambridge United are now without a manager after Shaun Derry left the club following his sides 0-0 draw with Lincoln City.

According to U's director Graham Daniels the decision to let Derry go had already been decided before the game and that a new permeant manager won't be appointed until the summer with Joe Dunne and Mark Bonner taking charge until the end of the season.

The draw leaves Cambridge 14th in League Two with no real chance of promotion nor relegation. It's now more of a matter of building for next season.