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Barnsley boss purring by Jason Scotland’s impact

PUBLISHED: 13:52 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 13:52 30 January 2013

Jason Scotland

Jason Scotland

Copyright Ashley Pickering

FORMER Ipswich Town striker Jason Scotland scored with his first touch in a Barnsley shirt, leaving manager David Flitcroft singing his praises as he fired the relegation-threatened Reds to within four points of the Blues.

Scotland came off the bench in the second half to double the South Yorkshire side’s lead – after Chris Dagnall’s opener – the Reds emerging 2-0 winners over Millwall at Oakwell.

The result means Barnsley, as well as fellow bottom-three team, Bristol City, who beat Watford 2-0 at Ashton Gate, are now four points behind the Blues, although both have far superior goal differences.

“Jason played his part. But I’m more excited about his quality on the ball, his passing, his movement, wow, his one-touches - brilliant,” said Flitcroft.

“His finish was exquisite, but I look at his all-round game, his intelligence, runs and link-up play and he said to me before the game: ‘Don’t worry about me Flick, I’ve got an unbelievable touch and my movement is great.’

“I’ve only known him 24 hours, but there’s already an excitement round him and a calmness and I look forward to working with him because he might have found a home here.”

Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Norwich City travel to Ipswich Town for the latest episode of the East Anglian football derby on Sunday.

The wait is nearly over – the first East Anglian derby of the season takes place this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) as Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 11

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Ipswich Town Ladies turned in another high class performance as they progressed to the second round of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup with an 11-0 pasting of Walsham-le-Willows.

Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira last night kicked off derby week with a shot at Ipswich Town – insisting the Canaries are a ‘better club’ than the Blues, and have ‘better players.’

Next Sunday’s derby now assumes even great significance after Saturday’s disappointing result at Bramall Lane, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

The 2017/18 honeymoon period is well and truly over, the bubble has burst, normal service has resumed. Our beloved Ipswich are dropping back to where they belong – mid-table at best...

Consider this an East Anglian derby rallying cry.

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