The Norwich View: Praise for manager’s ‘bold’ East Anglian derby tactics
While a draw does little to appease either set of supporters, Norwich City fans can at least rest safe in the knowledge that our unbeaten run against Ipswich goes on.
For a short period of time it looked like that might not be the case after Gwion Edwards’ deflected effort wrong-footed Tim Krul in the City net.
But a first Norwich goal for Moritz Leitner ensured City took a point away from enemy territory – a result which in all fairness was probably the right one.
Following recent criticism, I must give respect to Daniel Farke’s bold tactics – including the decision to start Max Aarons and Emi Buendia.
Even at half-time, he opted to bring Ben Godfrey off the bench as opposed to the slightly more experienced Christoph Zimmermann.
It is often said that fortune favours the brave and that was the case for Farke, with 18-year-old Aarons putting in a performance of real tenacity and maturity beyond his age.
As for Leitner, despite his undoubted ability, the one criticism since his arrival has been a failure to chip in with goals and assists.
Hopefully, opening his account at Portman Road will give the German confidence to deliver more in the final third.
Away from the derby, it feels fitting to end with a few words on Russell Martin, who has left the club after nine years of exemplary service.
While no-one will disagree with the timing, it is sad to see the final member of Paul Lambert’s infamous back-to-back promotion-winning side depart.
Playing ability aside, Martin epitomised everything you want from a City player, and will always be remembered as the captain who lifted the Championship play-off final trophy at Wembley.
It really is the end of an era, and just not for City’s unbeaten derby day streak.