Town push Canaries towards drop

Ipswich Town's 3-2 victory over local rivals Norwich has pushed the Canaries closer to the Championship trapdoor.

TOWN manager Jim Magilton was tonight able to relax slightly after his team helped prime the trapdoor which seems set to consign local rivals Norwich to relegation from the Championship.

Town's 3-2 victory came after the Canaries opened the scoring - and was the highlight of a day which left most Town fans feeling good about their team for the first time in several weeks.

A heavy police presence with officers from Suffolk, Norfolk, and the British Transport Police were on duty - and the Suffolk Police helicopter was monitoring the situation from above the town.

The town centre was busier than normal during the morning - but there was little trouble and police remained hopeful that would remain the case during and after the match.

Police said there were no crowd problems before the match.

Ipswich Town fans were quickly silenced after 15 minutes after Mooney scored the first goal for the Canaries.

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Alan Quinn's equaliser 10 minutes later brought the Ipswich crowd to life - and silenced the grumbles that had started to be heard among the Ipswich sections of the crowd.

The crowd became even happier mid-way through the second half when loanee Giovani scored the penalty that gave Ipswich a 2-1 lead and pushed Norwich nearer to relegation from the Championship.

Jon Stead's 90th-minute final goal pushed the Canaries nearer the relegation trap-door - is it enough to silence the critics of Jim Magilton.

Norwich were awarded an injury-time penalty which brought the score back to 3-2.