Hanging by a thread

NORWICH City's status as a Championship club hangs by a thread this morning after their closest and most bitter rivals hammered another nail in their coffin.

NORWICH City's status as a Championship club hangs by a thread this morning after their closest and most bitter rivals hammered another nail in their coffin.

Defeat at Ipswich left City in the third relegation place and now, more than ever, reliant on other teams dropping points - even if the Canaries win their last two games it may not be enough.

The picture is clear: Barnsley are a point ahead with a game in hand, while Nottingham Forest are three points clear.

It means City desperately need a favour from Coventry, who play Barnsley tomorrow night - and then need more results to go their way next weekend.

If that doesn't happen, then City could be relegated next Monday, when Reading come to Carrow Road - and that would mean a dreadful last-day experience with a trip to already relegated Charlton.

Yesterday's defeat wasn't without controversy with City furious at the penalty which gave Ipswich the lead 10 minutes into the second half.

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Bryan Gunn confronted the match official Neil Swarbrick at the final whistle before a final appreciative wave to the noisy travelling army who will now be wondering when their next trip to Portman Road will be.