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Tonic for U’s as Brandy is suspended

08:59 24 January 2013

Febian Brandy scores the winner against Colchester last month, but he will be suspended for the return match this Saturday

Febian Brandy scores the winner against Colchester last month, but he will be suspended for the return match this Saturday

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FEBIAN Brandy crowned a man-of-the-match performance with the winning goal against Colchester United, at the Bescot Stadium last month.

That’s why the U’s will be relieved that danger-man Brandy, who has been a prime reason for Walsall’s sudden rise up the League One table, is suspended for the quickfire return match at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday.

Ex-Manchester United trainee Brandy, blessed with electric pace, bagged a 61st winner against the U’s in the west Midlands.

That kick-started a fine run from Walsall, who have gone on to win six of their last seven matches.

And winger Brandy has bagged four goals in his last six outings, following up his winner against Colchester with goals in the away wins at MK Dons (4-2) and Preston (3-1), and a 2-0 home success over Portsmouth.

However, the 23-year-old will be sidelined by a one-match suspension on Saturday, after being sent off for two bookable offences during last weekend’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth.

Walsall, facing a relegation battle before the U’s visit, are now just five points adrift of the play-off zone.

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Town fans were in good voice at Carrow Road on Sunday as Ipswich came away from the East Anglian Derby with a 1-1 draw.

The East Anglian derby bragging rights should go into storage somewhere near Diss ready to be contested for in another six to 12 months time.

I’m not so sure if a draw was a fair result but one I would definitely have taken before kick-off.

Ipswich Town defender Jonas Knudsen loves scoring goals against Norwich City.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski received the ‘ironic man-of-the-match award’ after the Polish custodian’s eventful afternoon in this lunchtime’s 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Portman Road.

Following this afternoon’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Carrow Road, sports writer WILL RIDGARD looks at five things we learned about the East Anglian derby as the spoils were shared again.

Jonas Knudsen scored in the East Anglian derby once again, but Ipswich Town were pegged back by Jacob Murphy’s strike as their eight-year wait for a win against Norwich City goes on.

Ipswich Town star Josh Emmanuel is the star of the new edition of Kings of Anglia - which is now on sale.

Ipswich Town take on bitter rivals Norwich City, in a Championship clash, at Carrow Road this lunchtime (12pm ko, Sky Sports).

My dear old granny used to love to hate Mick McManus.

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