Norwich City moved back into the Championship’s automatic promotion places after a 5-1 away win at Ipswich Town on Thursday.What will make Norwich’s triumph even more memorable is the fact it was their second easy victory over their arch-rivals in the East Anglian Derby this season, with Thursday’s triumph surpassing the Canaries’ 4-1 win in November.
Andrew Surman kickstarted celebrations in the away end with his 13th minute strike and the Portman Road crowd were stunned when 11 minutes later, Gareth McAuley turned the ball into his own net for Norwich’s second.
Norwich were not content with a two-goal lead and wanted to put the match beyond doubt in the second half, with Simeon Jackson scoring his fifth goal in as many games after 73 minutes to seal victory.
Jimmy Bullard has impressed since joining Ipswich on loan from Hull City and scored a consolation for the hosts on 78 minutes, only for Russell Martin to respond two minutes later for Paul Lambert’s side.
Liverpool loanee Dani Pacheco added the finishing touches to the huge victory with his first goal for the club in the third minute of injury time to seal a convincing defeat for the hosts.
The result sees Norwich two points above third-placed Cardiff, who have a game in hand, but the big win has almost drawn the Canaries level on goal difference with the Welsh side.