Norwich just had no answer
NORWICH City again had no answer to the hold that Danny Haynes has over them.The 18-year-old whiz-kid came on as a 75th minute substitute to score twice and send Ipswich Town fans home delirious.
By Elvin King
NORWICH City again had no answer to the hold that Danny Haynes has over them.
The 18-year-old whiz-kid came on as a 75th minute substitute to score twice and send Ipswich Town fans home delirious.
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This was the first time the Blues have beaten their deadliest of rivals at home since the 5-0 thrashing in 1998.
And all it needed was Haynes, the man who cannot stop scoring against the Norfolk side.
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He may have only been ten when Alex Mathie - three goals - and Bobby Petta - two - destroyed Norwich eight years ago, but such is the spell he holds over Town's main rivals he would surely have found the net even then.
And thanks to Haynes, who has only once failed to find the net against Norwich at senior, reserve and youth levels, this game will live just as clearly in the memory for all East Anglians who wear blue and white.
The Canaries were far from being at the chirpy best, but they still had to be beaten. And this task was made harder after the visitors were gifted a goal.
It was day when Jim Magilton's managerial pedigree took a big upward step. The players he has brought in performed well, and there was a determination about Town's play that augurs well.
After a two-match downward slide, Town are on the rise again in a match that had similarities to their win at Carrow Road last autumn.
A loan player (it was Jonatan Johansson last season) scored for Norwich and a Frenchman
( Jimmy Juan last season) equalised and Haynes won the match.
Barnsley, like Hull and Southend, are three teams Ipswich would like to leave well behind them in the Championship table, and a win at Oakwell on Saturday will keep the upward trend going nicely.
Haynes will quite rightly get the glory, but there were sterling
performances at the back by Alex Bruce and Dan Harding.
Billy Clarke showed what Town have missed in failing to score while he has been out injured for two games and Gary Roberts was the chief tormentor.
His loan signing from lowly Accrington was treated in some quarters with distain, but this lad has the talent to mix it with the best. Well spotted, Town - he has to be kept on full time.
And Matt Richards, who will hold his hands up and admit responsibility for the Norwich goal, has to be admired. His courage and character saw him plough on regardless and play a vital part in both Haynes' goals in what was his 150th Town appearance.
A second goal for Norwich, after the first came against the run of play, would surely have sealed the match. So when Andrew Hughes met Darren Huckerby's cross with a free header he should have done much better than to direct his effort against Harding.
Good and bad
Haynes will always have a special place in the hearts of Town fans now - like Dean Bowditch after his early exploits against Norwich.
Haynes' goals, particularly the second that could not have been more accurately placed, were both gems, but Sylvain Legwinski's
finish had class written all over it. Wayne Rooney at his best could not have matched it.
And how pleasing to see Owen Garvan fit and well and on the bench for the first time this season.
It does not bode so well for Fabian Wilnis, Sito Castro and Darren Currie, three previous regulars who did not even make the bench.
Currie is due to join Coventry this week, while Sito could also go on loan. Bates looks to have a hold on Wilnis' right-back spot.
Four loanees in the starting line-up is not ideal, but you can forgive anything for a derby victory.
The pitch was poor, but that is something we will have to get used to.
Very much Ipswich with Norwich looking second rate.
Town fans will live off this for weeks, and Magilton - and Haynes - have cemented their relationships with the fans.
Town made it hard for themselves by falling behind a bad opening goal, and if they stop
conceding they will have a much better chance of moving up the table. Better Ipswich teams have failed to beat Norwich at home over the last eight years, which says as much about the Canaries' current plight as it does Ipswich's.
Defeat would have placed Town down among the dead men, and evidence was there for all to see that they are better than that.
The ingredients are there, but there is still some way to go.