“If we’re scoring three goals at home, we should be winning games,” said Martin afterwards, whose own special strike deserved more than a point.
Explicit in the club’s statement was the continuation of Neil Adams as manager and Gary Holt as first-team coach, and an unequivocal ‘there will be no further comment at this time’.
“The spotlight falls on us all – managers, coaches, players. We’ve got to get back on track; get back to winning games. And it’s so galling. For 85 minutes it was all that we wanted – and we’ve thrown it all away.”
“We’ve now got a massive game on Saturday against a team that are now probably rubbing their hands together when they have looked at tonight’s result.”
“But I thought it was well deserved. 2-0 would have been easier on the heart at the end. But, overall, delighted.”
“And our performances certainly deserve more. The facts are there that we have won just the once in the last eight, but everyone in the stadium knows we should have won the game today bar some fantastic saves from the keeper…
And nor could the manager add a clean sheet to his wish-list. Conceding so soon after taking that priceless lead is the stuff of managerial grey hairs. Don’t switch off after you score is a mantra hammered in from the youth team up.
“It’s been three games now – and it can’t go on,” said the City chief. “And there’s obviously a lot to be worked on; we’re still dominating games in terms of possession, but we’re just not scoring the goals that we were.”
“And I can’t criticise the players at all for their application – you can see that they want to win. And we’ve got to be careful that we don’t have a knee-jerk reaction and think that it isn’t good enough…
“It wasn’t a classic for the supporters, but for a manager that’s had a few palpitations in a few games this season, perfect for us. Apart from that goal just after half-time.”
“The first one looks a tap in – it’s not. It’s a really difficult finish and he’s put it in the one place where he can score the goal. The second one he’s been clever enough to recognise the pace that he’s got to put on the ball. Two, excellent goals.”
From the City boss that can do no right to the Canary manager that can do no wrong in 45 minutes of social media mayhem. Such is the life of a 21st Century personality; sporting or otherwise.
For some City fans this afternoon’s result came as a crushing blow. No sooner have Adams’ men has rediscovered what it feels like to win again, than some of our number appear to have already forgotten how it feels not to win. There were even a few boos ringing around the River End at the final whistle.
His inswinging corner was initially headed clear from the Ipswich six-yard box but Tettey’s header back into the danger area was met by the unmarked Grabban, who steered his close range header beyond keeper Dean Gerken.
“After the first 15 minutes, I couldn’t fault the performance of the players,” said Adams afterwards. “They were outstanding.”
“We needed to get the first win on the board as quickly as possible,” he told BBC Radio Norfolk. “We needed to come here and put on a show and we more than did that.”
Since that glorious glancing header, which had Anders Lindegaard clutching at thin air, we’ve seen very little of that tormentor of top-six full-backs. He disappeared, with a succession of injuries doing little to propel his career in a forward direction.
When in possession City shifted the ball too slowly. Their passing was laboured, and lacked precision and zip. And, in truth, the home side looked to have a greater appetite for the battle. For City there will be better days ahead but the ghosts of the Chris Hughton era still remain.
Whoever comes to take charge of the Canaries – be it Neil Adams or not – is going to have a long, hot summer trying to fashion something that works team-wise in time for the start of the new Championship campaign. It won’t be a job for the faint of heart…
Should the worst formally befall the Norfolk club over the next week, today’s sterling efforts at least suggested that whoever comes to take charge of the Canaries next season has some stout hearts to call on.