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‘The defence really did its job’ – U’s two-goal marksman Norris after win at Cheltenham

PUBLISHED: 18:25 01 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:32 01 September 2018

Luke Norris, left, who bagged a brace at Cheltenham Town today.

Luke Norris, left, who bagged a brace at Cheltenham Town today.

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Colchester United’s two-goal star, Luke Norris, praised his side’s strong defence following today’s impressive 3-1 away win at Cheltenham.

Norris capped his first league start for the U’s by netting twice in the first half, slotting home a 12th minute penalty before doubling the U’s lead with a wonderful free-kick on 26 minutes.

Kevin Dawson pulled a goal back for the Robins early in the second half, but Harry Pell made sure of the points by dispatching an 88th minute penalty against his former team.

“The defence really did it’s job,” enthused striker Norris.

“Frankie (Kent), Tom (Eastman) and Luke (Prosser) were all terrific.

“Cheltenham scored one goal, and Tyrone Barnett came on (as a substitute) and had one shot, but to basically go the whole game with the opposition having just two shots on target says a lot about how we defended as an away team.

“It was a good performance from the defensive line,” added Norris.

On his own performance, Norris said: “I did my job.

“I feel that scoring from dead-ball situations is one of the strongest parts of my game. I tend to strike the ball well.

“Talking to goalkeepers, I know how difficult it is for them when the ball is moving all over the place, as it was with my free-kick.

“I was delighted to see it go in at the top corner,” added Norris.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst hailed the character of his players following their gutsy comeback draw against Brentford at Portman Road tonight.

Ipswich Town came-from-behind to draw 1-1 with Brentford at Portman Road tonight. STUART WATSON gives his snap verdict.

Andy Warren hands out his player grades following Ipswich Town’s 1-1 draw with Brentford at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town produced a second-half turnaround as they battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against Brentford on the night the club paid tribute to the late Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town take on Brentford this evening as they search for their first victory under manager Paul Hurst (7.45pm).

Ipswich Town’s players, staff, fans and legends paid an emotional tribute to the late, great, Kevin Beattie prior to kick-off of this evening’s clash with Brentford.

Paul Hurst is not hiding from the fact he could face the sack if his winless start to life as Ipswich Town manager goes on much longer.

Paul Hurst knows his Ipswich Town side will need to put in a special performance on what is sure to be an emotional evening at Portman Road, as everyone connected with Ipswich Town remembers the great Kevin Beattie.

Ipswich Town fan Nigel Beckman has written a poem in tribute to the late, great Kevin Beattie.

We take a look at what happened on this day at Ipswich Town

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