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Aston Villa 2 Ipswich 1: Weimann saves the day as Villans come from behind

Aston Villa 2 Ipswich 1: Bent makes a big difference and puts his case to Lambert

Myles Hodgson


16:54 GMT, 5 January 2013



23:16 GMT, 5 January 2013

Darren Bent presented a strong case for further inclusion in Aston Villa's first-team squad after sparking a comeback that helped to secure the club's first home win since November.

The England striker has fallen out of favour with manager Paul Lambert following the arrival of Christian Benteke, who has already contributed nine goals in his first season in English football.

A recent hamstring injury has further restricted Bent's opportunities but, given a rare start, he played a crucial role in ensuring Villa progressed to the fourth round.

Magic of the cup: Aston Villa's Darren Bent with the club mascot

Magic of the Cup: Aston Villa's Darren Bent with the club mascot


Aston Villa: Given, Lichaj, Clark, Baker, Bennett, Albrighton (Weimann 43), Bannan, Delph, N'Zogbia (Ireland 70), Bowery (Agbonlahor 62), Bent. Subs not used: Guzan, Benteke, Stevens, Carruthers.

Scorers: Bent 46, Weimann 83.

Ipswich: Loach, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, Reo-Coker, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas (McGoldrick 60), Chopra (Mclean 74), Murphy (Edwards 70). Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Chambers, N'Daw, Whight.

Yellow cards: Kisnorbo, Hyam.

Scorer Chopra 31.

Attendance: 24,854.

Referee: Jon Moss.

His clinical finish from Charles
N'Zogbia's pass cancelled out Michael Chopra's opening goal before
Andreas Weimann scored a late winner to claim Villa's first home victory
since beating Reading on November 27.

'That was Darren Bent down to a T. I thought his game was very, very good,' said Lambert.

'His whole work ethic and the way he
played was good, his finishing was top class and I thought his whole
general game was really good, considering he only really trained with us
for the first time yesterday, so it was a big effort from him.'

Bent was one of seven changes to
Villa's starting line-up as Lambert rested players ahead of Tuesday's
Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Bradford and next Saturday's
crucial home game against relegation rivals Southampton.

Bent provided enough evidence to suggest he has unfinished business with Villa.

In with a shout: Michael Chopra of Ipswich celebrates the opening goal

In with a shout: Michael Chopra of Ipswich celebrates the opening goal

He provided the two chances during a
scrappy first half – whipping a cross past Jordan Bowery and then
heading his strike partner clear, only for the low shot to be saved by
goalkeeper Scott Loach.

That 30th-minute save proved pivotal, with Ipswich striker Chopra breaking to turn defender Nathan Baker.

out of reach: Ipswich keeper Scott Loach can't reach Andreas Weimann's strike for Aston Villa

out of reach: Ipswich keeper Scott Loach can't reach Andreas Weimann's strike for Aston Villa

What a relief: Aston Villa keeper Shay Given celebrates his side's winner

What a relief: Aston Villa keeper Shay Given celebrates his side's winner

His low shot was bundled into the net
off Eric Lichaj's legs. But Bent equalised in the first minute after
the restart as N'Zogbia threaded the pass through.

'The goal after half-time changed
the game,' said Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy. 'We handled them in the
first half but Bent's goal changed things.'

The equaliser gave Villa fresh
impetus and Weimann, brought on before half-time after Mark Albrighton
suffered a foot injury, continued his rich vein of scoring form with his
seventh of the season.

Oh dear: Bolton players celebrate Eric Lichaj's own goal

Oh dear: Bolton players celebrate Eric Lichaj's own goal

Bolton 1 Ipswich 2 match report

Bolton 1 Ipswich 2: Chopra strikes late as McCarthy's revival gathers pace


17:38 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

Michael Chopra came off the bench to snatch a last-minute winner for
Ipswich and hand Dougie Freedman his first defeat as Bolton manager.

Wanderers raced into an early lead courtesy of superb 25-yard strike by Mark Davies.
Bolton proceeded to dominate the opening exchanges but could not add to
their advantage, while Lee Martin came closest to finding an Ipswich
equaliser before the break.

Super strike: Bolton's Mark Davies (R) scores the opening goal

Super strike: Bolton's Mark Davies (R) scores the opening goal

Match facts

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears, Knight, Ricketts, Alonso, Spearing, Andrews (Butterfield 77), Mark Davies, Ngog, Eagles (Lee 63),
Kevin Davies (Afobe 72). Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Mills, Ream, Pratley.

Booked: Mears.

Goals: Mark Davies 6.

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury (Emmanuel-Thomas 55), Martin, Barnett (Murphy 55), Campbell (Chopra 76). Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Carson.

Booked: Campbell,Chopra.

Goals: Campbell 70 pen, Chopra 90.

Att: 17,208

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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Despite a pair of early second-half chances for Kevin Davies, Town were growing into the game and DJ Campbell levelled from the penalty spot when Tyrone Mears brought down Darryl Murphy.

That left Chopra to capitalise on some slack handling from Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan and move Ipswich five points clear of the relegation zone following back-to-back wins.

Bolton headed into the match unbeaten in their first six games under Freedman – a post-war record for a new Wanderers manager.

Despite the impressive display at Ewood Park, Freedman shuffled his pack again – recalling Mark Davies following suspension and restoring David Ngog and Marcos Alonso to the starting line-up.

Mick McCarthy made one change to the Ipswich side that beat Nottingham Forest 3-1 in midweek, with Andy Drury replacing the injured Luke Hyam.

Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson touched a Keith Andrews drive over as Bolton served early notice of their intentions, and they were ahead by the sixth minute.

Mark Davies exchanged passes with Jay Spearing before unleashing a sublime shot that dipped into the top corner, leaving Henderson with no chance.

Alonso had an effort from distance deflected behind before Kevin Davies prodded wide as he stretched to meet a pull back from strike partner Ngog, but Ipswich managed to see out the early storm without suffering any further damage.

After the half-hour Martin was the beneficiary of a cleverly worked Town free-kick and saw his strike beaten away by Bogdan.

Wanderers might have extended their lead on the stroke of half-time but Chris Eagles elected to shoot with Kevin Davies well placed.

Henderson produced a magnificent stop when Kevin Davies fired a volley goalwards from Mark Davies' cross in the 50th minute. The veteran striker was thwarted again moments later with a header from Andrews' lofted ball.

Despite those opportunities, Bolton were unable to reproduce their earlier fluency and Ipswich drew level with 20 minutes to play.

Bradley Orr played the ball in to Murphy who cutely nutmegged Zat Knight before being brought down by Mears.

Bogdan guessed correctly but Campbell's spot kick nestled in the corner. Ipswich now appeared the most likely winners and Bogdan saved well with his feet from Martin following good work from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who was introduced in place of Andy Drury 10 minutes into the second half.

Bolton substitute Jacob Butterfield cut in from the left to thrash narrowly wide but there would be late heartbreak for the hosts after Knight blocked Murphy's goalbound effort.

The resulting corner, taken by Martin, was half cleared and and when Bogdan failed to hold Orr's well-struck volley Chopra was on hand to finish.

Leicester 6 Ipswich 0 – match report

Leicester 6 Ipswich 0: Nugent lights up Pearson's happy anniversary


17:52 GMT, 17 November 2012



17:53 GMT, 17 November 2012

Nigel Pearson watched Leicester stroll to victory and halt a four-match league run without a win in style at the end of a week which marked the one-year anniversary of his return as manager.

Wednesday was 12 months to the day since Pearson came back to City, having previously been in charge between June 2008 and June 2010 before leaving to take over at npower Championship rivals Hull.

City slickers: David Nugent celebrates scoring the first goal

City slickers: David Nugent celebrates scoring the first goal

Match facts

LEICESTER: Schmeichel, De Laet, Whitbread, Morgan, Drinkwater, King, Schlupp, Knockaert (Marshall 64), Dyer, Nugent (Vardy 30), Waghorn (Futacs 74). Subs not used: Logan, James, Moore, Lingard.

Goals: Nugent 8 (pen), 18, Dyer 27, Knockaert 44, Waghorn 53, Futacs 82

IPSWICH: Henderson, Higginbotham, Chambers, Orr, Cresswell, Edwards, Reo-Coker, N'Daw (Hyam 58), Martin, Campbell (Chopra 78), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 58). Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Hewitt, Smith, Mohsni.

Booked: Reo-Coker.

Referee: Keith Stroud

Att: 20,779

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Last November, Leicester won 3-0 at
home against Crystal Palace in Pearson's first game back after rejoining
the club from the Tigers, and he saw his side double that tally against
a poor Ipswich team.

Four goals came in the first half.
David Nugent opened the scoring from the penalty spot after eight
minutes and doubled Leicester's lead with his second strike 10 minutes

The superb Lloyd Dyer got on the
scoresheet just before the half-hour mark and Anthony Knockaert netted
two minutes before the break.

Martyn Waghorn scored another for
the Foxes shortly after half-time and substitute Marko Futacs completed
the rout in the 82nd minute.

Leicester were unchanged from the
side that drew 2-2 at home with Nottingham Forest last Saturday, meaning
teenage striker Jeff Schlupp continued to deputise for the injured Paul
Konchesky at left-back.

Striker Jamie Vardy returned from
injury to fill the place on the bench left by midfielder Neil Danns, who
has joined Bristol City on loan.

Fit-again Foxes midfielder Richie Wellens, who has just returned from a loan spell at Ipswich, did not make Pearson's squad.

Lee Martin returned from suspension
to replace Wellens in the Town team as one of two changes made by
manager Mick McCarthy, who handed Bradley Orr his debut.

Orr, signed on loan from Blackburn on
Wednesday, came in at right-back with Tommy Smith dropping to the bench
and Luke Chambers switching to centre-half.

Kelly Youga was also signed by McCarthy this week on a short-term deal until January but the defender was not involved.

Ipswich made a sloppy start.
Hesitancy between Stephen Henderson and Orr saw neither take command
following Danny Drinkwater's throughball, resulting in the goalkeeper
bringing down the alert Dyer inside the area. Nugent converted the
spot-kick with aplomb.

Aaron Cresswell did well to block a goalbound shot from Andy king before Nugent struck again.

Henderson could then only parry
Waghorn's fierce shot into the path of Nugent, who got his reward for
following up by chesting the ball home from close range.

Leicester were playing dome lovely football and it only seemed a matter of time before they got another goal.

It was, and it arrived after 27 minutes courtesy of Dyer.

The winger gave Orr a torrid time
down the left, beating him with pace before firing a powerful shot past
Henderson and into the far corner of the net from 15 yards out.

Nugent was denied the chance of a hat-trick when he was replaced by Vardy after only half an hour, carrying some sort of knock.

Vardy got involved straight away, playing a one-two with Knockaert but Henderson pushed away the Frenchman's effort.

But Knockaert was not to be denied and swept home Dyer's first-time cross from 12 yards in the 43rd minute.

Luke Chambers headed over in a rare
Ipswich attack at the start of the second half and Waghorn missed the
target with a header at the other end.

However, the England Under-21
international striker got on the scoresheet after 53 minutes, curling
the ball past Henderson after being put through by King. King slipped
another clever pass past the Ipswich defence midway through the second
half but Henderson was up to the task of saving Vardy's attempted dink
over him.

More brilliance from Dyer down the
left saw Futacs, on as a 74th-minute replacement for Waghorn, score his
first league goal for the Foxes.

The Hungarian made it 6-0 with a lovely first-time finish from 12 yards out.

Ipswich thought they had a
consolation goal when substitutes Michael Chopra and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
combined but Chopra's strike was ruled out by an offside flag.

Ipswich 2 Burnley 1: match report

Ipswich 2 Burnley 1: Mick's dancing to DJ's tune as Campbell strikes late



17:45 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:45 GMT, 10 November 2012

DJ Campbell lifted Ipswich off the foot of the npower Championship table as his late goal secured a narrow win over Burnley.

Daryl Murphy had given the Tractor Boys the lead only for Sam Vokes to equalise before Campbell secured all three points with just three minutes remaining.

The result gives Mick McCarthy two wins from three since taking the manager's job at Portman Road while Sean Dyche suffered his first defeat as Burnley boss.

Off the bottom: DJ Campbell's strike earned Ipswich three vital points

Off the bottom: DJ Campbell's strike earned Ipswich three vital points

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Chambers, Higginbotham, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Wellens (Emmanuel-Thomas 79), Reo-Coker, Murphy, Campbell (Mohsni 89).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Chopra, Scotland, Drury.

Booked: Reo-Coker.

Goals: Murphy 51, Campbell 87.
Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty, Wallace (Stanislas 65), Stock (Bartley 65), Marney (Vokes 76), McCann, Paterson, Austin.

Subs Not Used: Jensen, Ings, Edgar, Mee.

Booked: Wallace,Paterson.

Goals: Vokes 80.

Att: 16,297

Ref: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).

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The home side made two changes with
Tommy Smith and Guirane N'Daw brought into the side to replace Andy
Drury and the suspended Lee Martin.

Danny Lafferty made his first start
of the season for Burnley in place of Ben Mee who sustained a swollen
foot in the match against Leeds.

It was a quiet start but Campbell was
the first man to threaten for Ipswich as his turn and shot in the box
was saved by Lee Grant with N'Daw putting the rebound over the bar.

Martin Paterson tested Stephen
Henderson with a shot from a narrow angle but the goalkeeper made a
smart save with his feet at the near post.

Carlos Edwards and Richie Wellens
then combined well with Wellens' final ball finding Campbell in the
penalty area but Lee Grant made a smart save to tip his shot around the

Grant had his heart in his mouth as
he spilled Aaron Cresswell's cross but the ball was cleared off the line
before referee Mark Brown eventually awarded a free kick for a foul on
the goalkeeper by Murphy.

But just six minutes into the second
half Town took the lead as Grant was not given the benefit of the doubt
in a challenge with the Irish striker.

Wellens put a cross into the box and Murphy and Grant went up together with the former Sunderland man heading home.

Grant felt he was fouled and Burnley
players surrounded the referee but Brown was unmoved and Murphy was
awarded his first strike at Portman Road this season.

The home fans were calling for a red card as Ross Wallace brought down Cresswell but the referee produced a yellow.

Dyche brought on Junior Stanislas and
Marvin Bartley as he attempted to get his side back into the game but
barring a Stanislas shot over the bar, it was Ipswich who remained in control.

Dyche made his final substitution
bringing on Vokes and the striker had an almost instantaneous impact as
he levelled with 10 minutes to go.

Stanislas put a cross into the box and Vokes was credited with the final touch as he rose with Danny Higginbotham to meet the ball.

But in the 86th minute substitute
Jay-Emmanuel Thomas found Edwards who produced a wonderful cross for
Campbell to slot home and secure the win for Town.

Sebastian Vettel"s in control at New Delhi

Vettel's in control at New Delhi, but driver's are at biting point with mosquitoes



22:01 GMT, 26 October 2012

Despite the sound of it, Chikungunya is not a Sri Lankan opening batsman. It is a form of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne virus that makes you wake one morning with aching joints and does not leave you for 18 months.

It can be fatal to children and the elderly. Yash Raj Chopra, one of Bollywood's great directors, died of dengue on Sunday, aged 80.

Two years ago during the Commonwealth Games – those of falling masonry and organisational chaos that finally rescued some credit with the warm welcome of our Indian hosts – dengue was the most worrying health issue until the chief medical officer was taken ill with typhoid.

Drive time: Vettel with compatriot Schumacher and (below) Webber joins Hamilton and Button at the track

Drive time: Vettel with compatriot Schumacher and (below) Webber joins Hamilton and Button at the track

Drive time: Vettel with compatriot Schumacher and (below) Webber joins Hamilton and Button at the track

I merely contracted what was diagnosed back home as the aforementioned Chikungunya. As on that last visit, the monsoon season has just ended and the mosquitoes are at their most harmful ahead of Sunday’s Indian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, the two British McLaren drivers, are right in the buzzing centre of the danger. They, along with the whole McLaren entourage, are staying at the Hilton, who, awkwardly given the situation, sponsor the team. The hotel staff have been wielding racket-shaped zappers in the lobby to combat the problem.

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Button has been squashing mosquitoes with his hands. His manager Richard Goddard, sleeves rolled down, trousers and socks covering his legs, top button occasionally closed, was bitten on the ear.

Thankfully, not all mosquitoes carry the virus. The dengue carriers are said to strike only at dawn and dusk and to bite only between wrist and elbow, ankle and knee.

Whatever, there have been 720 dengue cases in India this year. And next to the Hilton, on the outskirts of central Delhi, is a perfect breeding swamp of clear water. Now the fearful authorities are frantically fogging – the misty process of spraying insecticide into the air.

Those hotel’s efforts have escalated since Goddard voiced his concerns.

'The Hilton is really nice and the
people there are friendly and helpful,’ he said. ‘But perhaps with the
hotel being new, there has not been enough allowance made for the amount
of mosquitoes in the area.'

Final countdown: The teams are making last plans before the 17th race of the season on Sunday

Final countdown: The teams are making last plans before the 17th race of the season on Sunday

Final countdown: The teams are making last plans before the 17th race of the season on Sunday

McLaren stood by Hilton, as they had to, with spokesman Matt Bishop saying the hotel was 'excellent, luxurious, comfortable', adding: 'Mosquitoes are a hazard of life all over India that Indians learn to live with – just as Scottish Highlanders cope uncomplainingly with midges, for example.'

There is an incubation period of a few days so whether any McLaren team member has been affected by dengue is not yet known.

The government are credited with having reduced the scale of the disease over the years but, in languid India, progress is uniformly slow.

Yet, the circuit — an hour's heart-in-your-mouth drive from the imperial Delhi that Lutyens built — appears high-class. The rough edges of last year’s inaugural race have been smoothed out.

The sporting report is brief and predictable. Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull topped the timesheets in both yesterday’s practice sessions. His car is supreme. He has won the previous three rounds.

He leads the World Championship standings by six points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso going into the fourth-last race of the season. An unforeseen twist or two notwithstanding, there seems no way to stop him.

Undeniably, the racing this season has been thrilling and Vettel has had to fight his way to the top. Many devoted Formula One fans will understandably not countenance any criticism of the spectacle. But a third consecutive title for a German driver does little to stir the hearts of casual British observers.

Soak it up: New Delhi offers a unique experience to the teams and fans travelling to the race

Soak it up: New Delhi offers a unique experience to the teams and fans travelling to the race

Soak it up: New Delhi offers a unique experience to the teams and fans travelling to the race

Grand Prix racing is ever more dominated by talk of tyres now than ever. Fascinating to some; an unfathomable imponderable to many.

Off the track, FIA president Jean Todt is doing nothing to keep the sport in the headlines. Consensual pragmatism has veered into plain boring.

A little more mischief from the little Frenchman would be welcome, because, like it or not, Formula One thrives on controversy.

Mr Todt's old team, Ferrari, did their own bit of storm-making by placing an Italian flag on the car in support of two of the country's marines who face trial in India for killing two fishermen, believing them to be pirates.

Their act contravenes the FIA#s rules banning political statements, even if Ferrari claimed they were not being political. Yes, and their cars are't red… The Indian External Affairs Ministry denounced Ferrari as 'unsporting'.

But as Formula One left through the mosquito-filled air of last evening, Mr Todt was silent, keeping up his proud presidential record of neglecting to demonstrate leadership on any topical issue.

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Alan Shearer in for Ipswich job

Ipswich weigh up Toon hero Shearer as they widen search to replace sacked Jewell



22:37 GMT, 25 October 2012

Alan Shearer has become one of the frontrunner for the vacant manager’s job at Ipswich.

Alan Curbishley is favourite for the post at Portman Road after the sacking of Paul Jewell on Wednesday.

Ipswich are bottom of the Championship but the club insist they have received plenty of applications. The shortlist also includes Mick McCarthy, Steve Cotterill, Owen Coyle and club legend Terry Butcher.

Fancy Ipswich, Alan Shearer, who is on holiday in Barbados, was interview about the vacant managerial job at Portman Road

Fancy Ipswich, Alan Shearer, who is on holiday in Barbados, was interview about the vacant managerial job at Portman Road

Shearer’s only managerial experience was with Newcastle in 2009.

The former England striker was in caretaker charge for the final eight games of the 2008-09 season as Newcastle tried to stay in the Premier League.

He could not manage it, however and they were relegated after losing at Aston Villa.

Shearer almost took the reigns at Portman Road when Roy Keane was sacked in January 2011, before owner Marcus Evans turned to the experience of Jewell.

A team-mate of Shearer’s at Newcastle, Michael Chopra, has already backed his former captain for the job.

He said: 'I would love to see Alan Shearer as manager, such a good person and worked, played under some great managers including Sir Bobby Robson.'

Ipswich 0 Wolves 2: Tommy Smith own goal heaps misery on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 0 Wolves 2: Smith own goal heaps the misery on boss Jewell



22:58 GMT, 19 September 2012

A comical own goal from Tommy Smith and a terrific strike from Mali international Tongo Doumbia handed Wolves their first away win under new manager Stale Solbakken.

But it was far from funny for Ipswich boss Paul Jewell. The pressure is mounting on his shoulders as his Tractor Boys remain second from bottom of the npower Championship with the worst goalscoring record in the division.

Smith's own goal arrived in the 66th minute when he inadvertently turned in Bakary Sako's free-kick from the edge of the six-yard box.

Doubled up: Tongo Doumbia celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal

Doubled up: Tongo Doumbia celebrates scoring Wolves' second goal

Match facts

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, N'Daw (Drury 81), Luongo, Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 71), Taylor (Scotland 53), Chopra.

Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Hyam, Ainsley, Whight.

Booked: Chopra.

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Boukari, Henry (Doumbia 66), Edwards, Sako, Doyle (Margreitter 80), Sigurdarson (Ebanks-Blake 66).

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Peszko, Hunt, Foley.

Booked: Boukari.

Goals: Smith 69 og, Doumbia 77.

Att: 16,540

Ref: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

And substitute Doumbia doubled the Molineux men's advantage after 77 minutes when he drilled a delightful right-footed shot beyond the helpless Scott Loach from 22 yards.

Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle had twice knocked on the door for Wolves earlier in the half.

First he had a left-foot shot in the 59th minute pushed behind by a full-stretch Loach, and then went even closer three minutes later when his 18-yard drive struck a post.

After a rather uneventful first half, Ipswich had actually made the better start to the second period but Roger Johnson was a tower of strength at the heart of the Wolves rearguard, making two excellent blocks from Lee Martin and Paul Taylor.

The Tractor Boys were then dealt a blow when the lively Taylor hobbled off injured in the 53rd minute, being replaced by striker Jason Scotland.

Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy missed a good chance seconds later when he got on the end of Aaron Creswell's free-kick but sent his shot wide from the centre of the penalty area.

Solbakken left his top scorer Sylvan Ebanks-Blake on the bench until midway through the second half, as a precaution over the striker's tight hamstring. And the men from Molineux certainly missed his pace and movement in the opening 45 minutes.

The visitors tended to hoist long balls towards the front pair of Bjorn Sigurdarson and Doyle but these were too easily mopped up by the Ipswich defence and the contest began to get bogged down in midfield.

Ipswich forward Michael Chopra attempted to liven the proceedings with a left-footed shot from 20 yards in the 26th minute but big centre-back Johnson got in the way.

Ipswich did manage to finish the half in the ascendancy and Martin's mazy 30-yard dribble was only ended by a decent save from Carl Ikeme in the Wolves goal, and the visiting keeper denied Martin again from close range two minutes later.

Solbakken said: 'Their player was unlucky. There was not a great deal of difference between the sides.'

Blackpool 6 Ipswich 0: Ince stars as Seasiders maintain perfect start

Blackpool 6 Ipswich 0: Ince stars as Seasiders maintain perfect start



16:37 GMT, 25 August 2012

A virtuoso display from winger Tom Ince inspired npower Championship pacesetters Blackpool to a six-goal demolition of Ipswich.

Former Liverpool youngster Ince bagged a brace in the Seasiders' opening
day win at Millwall and he helped himself to two more fine strikes as
Paul Jewell's side were put to the sword.

Town held their own for most of the first half, but Aaron Cresswell's
own goal and Gary Taylor-Fletcher's strike moments before the break sent
Blackpool in two goals to the good.

Blackpool's Matt Phillips scores the second goal

Matt finish: Phillips scores Blackpool's second goal


Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Baptiste, Crainey, Osbourne, Martinez (Noguera 58), Gomes, Taylor-Fletcher (Matt Phillips 63), Kevin Phillips (Dicko 56), Ince. Subs Not Used: Halstead, Evatt, Sylvestre, Ferguson.

Booked: Baptiste.

Goals: Cresswell 13 og, Taylor-Fletcher 45, Ince 49, 58, Cathcart 62, Dicko 90.

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Luongo (Carson 65), Hyam, Drury, Martin, Emmanuel-Thomas (Scotland 56),Chopra (Murray 69). Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Delaney, Stevenson, Ainsley.

Booked: Chopra.

Att: 14,266

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

Ince was the provider on both occasions and he got in on the act with a scintillating double when the action resumed.

Craig Cathcart was the beneficiary of another Ince cross to make it five and Nouha Dicko completed the rout, the on-loan Wigan forward scoring from the bench as he did against Leeds in midweek.

Ian Holloway's side are now the only team in the Championship with a 100% record after three games as they consigned Ipswich's own unbeaten start to rubble.

Jewell's men were the quicker of the two sides out of the blocks and Blackpool full-back Ian Crainey had to be alert to clear when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas burst down the left and fizzed the ball across the six yard box.

But the Seasiders took the lead against the run of play in the 13th minute.

Town centre-back Tommy Smith floundered under a long-ball, allowing Ince to capitalise and fire a low cross that was turned into his own net by Cresswell.

Lee Martin launched a pair of speculative efforts as Ipswich looked to respond, while veteran striker Kevin Phillips sent a 20-yard volley over following a sharp one-two with Portuguese midfielder Tiago Gomes.

It was a rare example of Blackpool shifting their customary passing game into gear, and when Ince drilled a left-footed effort narrowly wide in the 38th minute, it was a product of his own endeavours.

Tasty: Thomas Ince of Blackpool

Tasty: Blackpool's Tom Ince

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Tangerines goalkeeper Matt Gilks produced a magnificent reaction save
from Emmanuel-Thomas in the 42nd minute and Ipswich's disappointment
was compounded on the stroke of the interval.

Gomes and Ince produced an intricate exchange of passes for the latter
to find the by-line and cut back for Taylor-Fletcher, who emphatically
sent a half-volley beyond Town keeper Scott Loach.

Jewell's side had cause to be aggrieved by the half-time score, but they were soon blown away by a rampant Blackpool.

In the 49th minute Ince collected Crainey's lofted pass and befuddled
Smith with a dazzling exhibition of skill before driving into the bottom

Phillips should have made it four when Taylor-Fletcher slid him through
10 minutes into the half, although it mattered for little moments later.

At the end of a fine passing move, Gomes' reverse pass found Taylor-Fletcher and he in turn teed up Ince to curl home.

The game's outstanding player turned provider shortly after the hour, crossing for centre-back Cathcart to thump home a header.

The pace eased thereafter, but Ipswich's misery was complete when Matt
Phillips sped through on goal and lofted the ball over the advancing
Loach for fellow substitute Dicko to apply the finish.

Hot shot: Ince scores his goal

Hot shot: Ince scores his goal

Watford 0 Ipswich 1 – match report

Watford 0 Ipswich 1: Last-gasp Chopra strikes to sink Tractor Boys' bogey side



21:08 GMT, 21 August 2012

Ipswich finally ended their losing sequence against bogey side Watford, thanks to a late strike from former Vicarage Road loanee Michael Chopra.

The ex-Newcastle striker had not found the net in his previous 12 outings, but popped up in the 90th minute to turn in a low cross from Carlos Edwards from six yards.

The effort made up for an earlier bad miss when Chopra sent a 69th-minute shot over the crossbar from 12 yards.

Match-winner: Michael Chopra (left) celebrates scoring past Manuel Almunia

Match-winner: Michael Chopra (left) celebrates scoring past Manuel Almunia


Watford: Almunia, Hodson, Taylor, Nosworthy, Pudil, Yeates (Beleck 90), Hogg, Abdi, Murray (Anya 68), Vydra, Garner (Iwelumo 57).

Subs Not Used: Bond, Dickinson, Doyley, Smith.

Booked: Yeates.

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Luongo, Hyam, Carson (Scotland 76), Emmanuel-Thomas (Drury 79),
Chopra (Delaney 90), Martin.

Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Stevenson, Murray, Ainsley.

Goals: Chopra 90.

Attendance: 12,422

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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Paul Jewell's Tractor Boys had lost
their last five matches against the Hornets – and were without a victory
over their Championship rivals in their previous 15 meetings. But they
held the upper hand for long periods.

The Hornets, now under the
stewardship of Italian Gianfranco Zola, had won their opening two
matches of the season, a 1-0 success over Wycombe in the Capital One Cup
and a 3-2 victory away to Crystal Palace in the league, but it was
Ipswich who had the better of the first half.

A right-footed 30-yarder from Lee
Martin was superbly tipped over the crossbar by Hornets keeper Manuel
Almunia in the third minute.

Both Martin and striker Michael
Chopra then sent edge-of-the-box drives flashing narrowly wide, before a
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 25-yard free-kick flew past Almunia's left-hand

And Emmanuel-Thomas drove another 20-yard shot wide as Ipswich continued to have the edge in terms of possession.

After 29 minutes Massimo Luongo
produced a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area but again
Almunia was not called upon to make a save.

But five minutes later Almunia was alert to punch clear an inswinging free-kick from Martin.

Ipswich also had the first real
effort of the second half, the impressive Emmanuel-Thomas lashing
another left-foot shot from outside the penalty area wide of the target.

Almunia then pulled off a good save in the 55th minute to keep out Luongo's left-footer.

Watford needed to try and gain the
initiative and Zola opted to bring on Chris Iwelumo for the ineffective
Joe Garner, and the big substitute immediately created an opening for
Almen Abdi, who fired over the crossbar from 12 yards.

After 65 minutes a shot by Matej
Vydra from the left-hand side of the penalty area was well blocked by
Ipswich midfielder Luke Hyam.

Ipswich goalkeeper Scott Loach, who
had left Watford for Portman Road in the summer, was called into action
four minutes from the end of normal to deal with a 20-yard shot from
Matej Vydra.

Ipswich had conceded 45 goals on
their Championship travels last term, more than any other club in the
division, but Loach was all smiles on the final whistle as he gained a
clean sheet on his return to Vicarage Road.

Ipswich 3 West Ham 1: Sam Allardyce has his work cut out after another defeat

Ipswich 3 West Ham 1: Big Sam has his work cut out after another defeat


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West Ham's dismal pre-season continued as they went down 3-1 at Championship side Ipswich Town on Saturday.

The Premier League new boys, who had already lost
three pre-season friendlies, featured new signings Modibo Maiga and James Collins in their starting line-up.

But skipper Kevin Nolan was missing again due to a toe injury.

Luke out: Chambers scores the second goal for Ipswich

Luke out: Chambers scores the second goal for Ipswich

West Ham fell behind after 15 minutes when Michael
Chopra netted from the spot.

Summer signing from Nottingham Forest Luke Chambers put the hosts two goals up four minutes later with a header.

Matt Taylor pulled one back for the visitors after 73 minutes with a long range effort, but Jason Scotland sealed a 3-1 win for the Suffolk side seven minutes from time.

Early strike: Michael Chopra scores the first goal from the penalty spot

Early strike: Michael Chopra scores the first goal from the penalty spot

Tough viewing: Sam Allardyce and his staff watch the game

Tough viewing: Sam Allardyce and his staff watch the game