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Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen loved scoring in the East Anglian derby, again!

PUBLISHED: 15:50 26 February 2017

Jonas Knudsen celebrates putting Ipswich Town in front at Norwich City

Jonas Knudsen celebrates putting Ipswich Town in front at Norwich City

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Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen loves scoring goals against Norwich City.

The Danish international powered home Jordan Spence’s cross to give Town a 63rd-minute lead at Carrow Road this afternoon, only for Jacob Murphy to equalise six minutes later as the game finished 1-1.

Of his goal, his second in as many games against the Canaries, following the 1-1 draw in August, Knudsen said: “It was brilliant.

“It was an important goal to score – and we (as a squad) said that I have to score again in the derby!”

Knudsen continued: “I think I know my moments when I have to score my goals!

“It was a brilliant ball in from Jordan (Spence) and I took a chance when I saw the ball was about to come in.”

With three of his best friends and girlfriend watching on in the stands at Carrow Road – as well as family tuning in on TV back in Denmark – Knudsen admitted that he loved celebrating the goal in front of the travelling Ipswich fans.

“I enjoyed celebrating the goal so much, and that’s why everyone loves football,” said the defender.

“The fans loved it, the players loved it, everybody loved it!

“The atmosphere before, during, and after the game was really good, and I could do this (play and score in a derby match) all day long!

“Our fans were brilliant today, and the Norwich fans were in good voice too, I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere so much, it was one I want to play in all the time.”

Knudsen felt that the draw was a ‘fair result’ this afternoon, but was still disappointed not to return to Suffolk with three points.

“We will take the point, but when you are 1-0 up, you want to win,” he continued.

“They had some chances, but there are always chances in football games.

“We were away from home, we had to be very tough, and I think a draw was the fair result.”

Ipswich are now unbeaten in five games, and head into back-to-back home games with Brentford and Wolves with even more confidence.

“We have to stick together and keep going like we have done,” added Knudsen.

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