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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Timm Klose (90'+5')
  • Luke Chambers (89')

Norwich City snatch draw vs. Ipswich Town with stoppage-time equaliser

A dramatic stoppage-time header from defender Timm Klose earned Norwich City a 1-1 draw in a hard-fought East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road.

The visitors had looked set to claim their first win against their local rivals in nine years when skipper Luke Chambers headed home from a corner with just two minutes of normal time left.

But Norwich refused to be beaten and deep into five minutes of time added on, Klose headed home a Grant Hanley cross to ensure a share of the spoils.

Ipswich had the better of an instantly forgettable first half, with Angus Gunn by far the busier of the two goalkeepers.

After putting his own side under pressure with a poor clearance, the England under-21 international did well to push a Martyn Waghorn shot away for a corner.

That was moments after Jonas Knudsen had popped up at the back post to head just wide, with Ipswich testing Gunn again from long range just after the half-hour mark through a well-struck low free kick from Callum Connolly.

Waghorn also had the home keeper at full stretch just before half-time with another free kick, while the visitors had a couple of optimistic penalty appeals involving Waghorn and Dominic Iorfa waved away by referee Peter Coote.

Norwich had plenty of the ball but rarely threatened, with a couple of long-range efforts from Nelson Oliveira that were well off-target the best they could muster.

They started the second period at a much faster tempo and a couple of minutes in Bartosz Bialkowski was called into action for the first time to tip a dangerous James Maddison free kick over the crossbar.

The hosts should have scored from the resultant corner but an unmarked and onside Klose could not get the ball out of his feet when played in by Harrison Reed's header.

It was now Norwich in the ascendancy and Bialkowski was called into action again from another Maddison free kick, producing an identical save to keep out the effort the midfielder had won himself with a thrilling dash towards the penalty area.

Bialkowski then made an even better stop in the 73rd minute to keep the scores level.

Oliveira's low shot following a flick from Moritz Leitner was creeping in before a vital touch diverted the ball wide.

But the game was turned on its head, completely against the run of play, in the 88th minute when Ipswich won a rare corner.

Waghorn's delivery from the right was spot on and skipper Chambers timed his run perfectly to power home a header from the edge of the six-yard box.

But there was still time for even more drama. A hopeful punt forward was chased down by Hanley, and when Bialkowski did not get there, the defender was able to swing over a cross that an unmarked Klose powered home with his head.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Leeds United 22 +18 45
2 Norwich City 22 +14 44
3 West Bromwich Albion 22 +15 39
4 Derby County 22 +7 38
5 Sheffield United 22 +9 37
6 Middlesbrough 22 +8 36
7 Nottingham Forest 22 +10 35
8 Aston Villa 22 +9 33
9 Swansea City 22 +3 32
10 Birmingham City 22 +5 31
11 Stoke City 22 +2 31
12 Blackburn Rovers 22 -4 31
13 Queens Park Rangers 22 -5 31
14 Bristol City 22 +1 30
15 Preston North End 22 -2 28
16 Wigan Athletic 22 -7 25
17 Hull City 22 -7 24
18 Sheffield Wednesday 22 -12 24
19 Brentford 22 -1 22
20 Rotherham United 22 -11 22
21 Reading 22 -8 19
22 Millwall 22 -10 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 -15 18
24 Ipswich Town 22 -19 14