Norwich 3 Ipswich 1
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom moved level on top of the league on Saturday but Nigel Worthington's side made sure they went clear with all the goals coming in the second half.
The visitors had the best chances of the first half but Joe Royle's side were unable to make the most of the opportunities and paid the price in the second half.
Ipswich midfielder Ian Westlake rattled the post with Robert Green well beaten in the Canaries goal while Darren Bent also hit the bar with a volley just before the break.
The game turned soon after half time as Norwich moved into the ascendancy with two goals from Malky Mackay.
The former Celtic defender rose highest to nod in a free-kick on 50 minutes and then prodded home from a set-piece nine minutes later to double the hosts' lead.
Ipswich's hopes of a comeback were not helped by the dismissal of Drissa Diallo on 76 for a foul on Darren Huckerby.
The away team did manage to cut the deficit in half when Tommy Miller slotted home a penalty with two minutes to play after Gary Holt had bundled over Richard Naylor.
However their faint hopes of grabbing a point soon disappeared as Norwich answered almost instantly through Darren Huckerby with his ninth of the campaign.
The result leaves Ipswich looking on enviously at their near neighbours who remain on course for promotion to the top-flight.
Norwich 3-1 Ipswich