Ipswich Town made a return to winning ways on Saturday as they secured a 3-1 victory over Southend United.
Having seen the Tractor Boys lose back-to-back games in League One to Accrington Stanley and Rotherham United, manager Paul Lambert would have been desperate for his side to deliver a response to these set-backs at Roots Hall.
After Southend had a goal ruled out for offside during the opening stages of the clash, James Norwood fired Ipswich ahead in the eighth minute following neat work from Kayden Jackson.
Following the break, the forward doubled his side’s advantage by firing past goalkeeper Mark Oxley.
Jackson then effectively secured all three points for the Tractor Boys by adding a third in the 76th minute.
Although Emile Acquah pulled a goal back for Southend, Ipswich held on to seal a sixth away victory of the season.
As a result of this display, the Tractor Boys moved up to first in the League One standings.
Here, we take a look at three things we clearly learnt about Ipswich after their victory over Southend…
Norwood could be the man to fire them to promotion
Having suffered a drop-off in form which saw him fail to score in six consecutive games for Ipswich, Norwood produced an inspired performance at the weekend.
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A menace throughout the club’s clash with Southend, the forward took his goal tally for the season to seven.
Providing that he can deliver the goods on a consistent basis for the Tractor Boys over the coming months, Norwood could play a pivotal role in helping his side secure an immediate return to the Championship in 2020.
They need to replicate their away form at Portman Road
Having now picked up 19 points on their travels in League One, Ipswich will be hoping to replicate their away form at Portman Road.
Considering that they have only managed to win three of their six home games this season, it is imperative that they improve their performance levels in these particular fixtures.
If they do start to win regularly in front of their own supporters, Ipswich may end up taking the third-tier by storm.
Will Norris’ performance has created a dilemma for Lambert
Having been handed his first league start of the season by Lambert on Saturday, Will Norris produced an encouraging display at Roots Hall.
With Tomas Holy also illustrating that he is more than capable of thriving in the third-tier, Lambert suddenly has somewhat of a decision on his hands.
Given just how assured Norris was in between the sticks against Southend, it will be intriguing to see whether the Ipswich boss opts to play him against Rochdale on November 5th.