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Across the Border: Paul Lambert made a fool of himself with skirmish during the East Anglian Derby

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Defeat against Preston on Wednesday night should not take too much away from what has been a strong period for Norwich City.

The 3-1 reversal – City’s first loss on the road since August – was enough to dislodge Daniel Farke’s side from top spot, a position which had been so valiantly earned with wins against Leeds and Ipswich.

Touching on the East Anglian derby, it wasn’t an afternoon where City were able to produce their best football by any stretch of the imagination – but showed enough quality when it really mattered to win with relative ease.

Teemu Pukki was once again the headline grabber - two smartly taken goals ensuring he continues to write his name in Norwich City folklore with a stellar debut season.

But for me it was the performance of stand-in skipper Christoph Zimmermann that stood out, nullifying Ipswich on the rare occasions they showed any offensive promise.

Beyond that, Zimmermann also led by example, showing coolness and maturity while some around him let the occasion get to them – including the Ipswich manager Paul Lambert, who quite frankly made a fool of himself in the skirmish that led to his dismissal from the dugout just before the half-time break.

However, that game has gone – as has the Preston defeat – and right now the focus for City now has to be on getting back to winning ways at Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.

I’m sure after such a strong run Farke will refrain from making any knee-jerk reactions and give his favoured starting XI the opportunity to make amends.

Perhaps the one change I would make would be to hand Kenny McLean a chance in midfield to fill the creative void left by the injury to Mario Vrancic – who had been playing his best football in a City shirt in recent weeks.

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