Date: 12th February 2019 at 7:15am
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The second East Anglian Derby of the season had plenty of both drama and goals, even if the actual spectacle on the pitch wasn’t quite the flowing total football that we would’ve liked.

Norwich have performed brilliantly for most of this season and some of the football has been breathtaking in it’s passing accuracy, high pressing and sheer pace. In short, it’s been a joy to watch.

From what I can gather, that’s the opposite of what our opponents down the A140 have had had to digest. Turgid stuff with very little end product seems to be the issue and even the arrival of Paul Lambert hasn’t been able to turn anything around.

I say that but we all know that he has achieved nothing of note since he left Norwich and he’s about to suffer two successive relegation seasons.

Sometimes a manager experiences a perfect storm of events to produce a team that comes from nowhere to take a League by storm. Lambert had that at Norwich but he already had Grant Holt, Wes Hoolahan, Chris Martin, Daryl Russell et al.

Plenty of Norwich fans saw his departure as a betrayal at the time but to then go and join Ipswich was the ultimate betrayal. I’m guessing that he doesn’t need the money because he’s a football manager and will have received several ridiculously huge pay-offs as is the way in that profession.

He’s still a young man and he most likely still wants to work, which is why he took the Ipswich job. Having failed at Villa, been underwhelming at Blackburn and Wolves and then getting relegated with Stoke, he’s probably in the last chance managerial saloon.

He is, I suppose, “proven” in League One and that’s why Marcus Evans approached him. This time though, he won’t have a Holt or a Hoolahan. Instead, he’ll have Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse.

Speaking of Chambers, here’s what Chambo has to say after the game, please, stop rolling your eyes…

OTBC

 

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