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Brentford 2 Southend 1 match report: Clayton Donaldson sets up Chelsea tie

Brentford 2 Southend 1: Donaldson strike sets up fourth-round tie with Chelsea

Sami Mokbel


22:30 GMT, 15 January 2013



23:14 GMT, 15 January 2013

Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson set-up a dream FA Cup clash against west London neighbours Chelsea after finally overcoming a heroic display from Southend keeper Paul Smith.

The forward's deflected strike 15 minutes from time set up the glamour tie against the current European champions – but only after an extraordinary showcase of shot-stopping from Smith.

Assistant boss Alan Kernaghan, stepping in for flu-stricken manager Uwe Rosler, in the post-match press-conference, said: 'I thought our performance was excellent, if we are critical we didn't score enough of our chances but that was because of the keeper. He made three or four world class saves.

'When the Chelsea game comes around it will be a good occasions, but there's plenty time before then.'

Victory: Donaldson scored the winning goal for Brentford in the 76th minute

Victory: Donaldson scored the winning goal for Brentford in the 76th minute

Opener: Hayes gave Brentford the lead in the first half

Opener: Hayes gave Brentford the lead in the first half

Match facts

Brentford: Moore, Hodson, Craig, Dean, Bidwell, Diagouraga, Douglas, Forshaw (Saunders 90), Donaldson, Hayes (Trotta 75), Forrester (Barron 79).

Subs not used: Gounet, Logan, Reeves, Pierre.

Goals: Hayes 26, Donaldson 76.

Southend: Paul Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell (Woodyard 48), Phillips, Barker, Hurst (Leonard 68), Timlin, Prosser, Straker (Harris 89), Corr, Tomlin.

Subs not used: Bentley, Martin, Benyon.

Goals: Corr 69.

Booked: Prosser.

Att: 6,526.

Referee: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

He added: 'We know it will be difficult, they
are the Champions League holders, but if we go about the game plan we
come up with we will be in with a chance.' The 29 league places between
the two sides was abundantly clear in the first half, as Brentford
threatened to run-riot.

The impressive Harry Forrester showed
why he has been linked with a move to Dutch giants Ajax in the 14th
minute as he rattled the crossbar with a sweetly struck half-volley from
30 yards.

Smith was forced into the first of
his saves a minute later, tipping over Adam Forshaw's cross-come-shot
round the post, before denying Forrester's powerful effort from the edge
of the box.

Smith was at it again, this time
denying Donaldson's flicked effort from Lee Hodson's cross before
Brentford finally broke the deadlock in the 26th minute.

Bees forward Paul Hayes expertly
cushioned a volley past Smith from close range after another dangerous
Hodson cross to give Rosler's side a deserved lead.

But the home side were nearly
punished for their earlier wastefulness in the 34th minute when Anthony
Starker inexplicably fired wide from three yards after keeper Simon
Moore could only parry his initial header on to the woodwork.

That scare was the cue for Smith to
continue his one-man show of defiance, denying Donaldson, Hayes and
Forshaw with excellent stops before the break.

Level: Corr equalised for Southend with 20 minutes to play

Level: Corr equalised for Southend with 20 minutes to play

Level: Corr equalised for Southend with 20 minutes to play

Michael Timlin missed a glorious
chance for Southend to notch a shock leveller three minutes into the
second period as Paul Sturrock's side came out with renewed spark.

But the Bees were handed the chance
to book the clash against Frank Lampard and co in the 55th minute when
Mark Phillips tripped Donaldson inn the box.

However, Smith against came to his side's rescue, saving Forrester's well-placed spot kick.

And the 33-year-old keeper's heroics
finally came home to roost when Southend grabbed an unlikely equaliser
in the 68th minute as Barry Corr nodded home Ryan Leonard's cross.

Donaldson and Forrester were against denied by the brilliant Smith as Brentford put their foot down in search of a winner.

But there was nothing Smith could do
nothing about Donaldson's fierce 76th-minute strike that flew past him
at the near post after a wicked deflection off Luke Prosser as Brentford
rubber-stamped their first clash against west London neighbours Chelsea
since 1950.

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

Ipswich 1 Bristol City 1: Neil Danns, Tommy Smith score

Ipswich 1 Bristol City 1: Smith's stunning strike brightens drab draw


17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012



17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

Ipswich came from behind to earn a point against fellow strugglers Bristol City at Portman Road, a draw which keeps the Tractor Boys five points clear of their opponents.

Derek McInnes' visitors took an early lead through a fine strike from Neil Danns before Tommy Smith acrobatically drew the home side level.

Great strike: Tommy Smith hooks home Ipswich's goal

Great strike: Tommy Smith hooks home Ipswich's goal

Match facts

IPSWICH: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 71), Campbell (Chopra 57). Subs not used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Hyam, Reo-Coker.

Goals: Smith 32

BRISTOL CITY: Heaton, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Bates, Cunningham, Adomah, Skuse (Elliott 84), Danns, Anderson (Baldock 84), Stead. Subs not used: Gerken, Wilson, Kilkenny, Davies, Bryan.

Goals: Danns 11

Referee: M Haywood

Att: 17,290

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Neither team could find a crucial winner to shake things up at the foot of the npower Championship in a low-key second half.

A much-changed City side were by far
the brighter team in the opening exchanges as they looked to make it
back-to-back away wins.

Paul Anderson, making his first start
for the club, had an opportunity after just four minutes but his
right-footed shot was blocked by Smith.

And they took a deserved lead in the
11th minute, when the Tractor Boys failed to clear the lines and Danns
took advantage with a fine low left-footed finish into the bottom corner
from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later Tom Heaton made a fantastic save to keep their lead intact.

The former Cardiff keeper denied DJ
Campbell his ninth goal of the season before Liam Fontaine's vital
tackle blocked the QPR loanee's second effort.

Albert Adomah was the late hero at
Sheffield Wednesday in City's last away win but he wasted a great chance
in the 25th minute, firing wide after being found by Jon Stead.

The visitors had not kept a clean
sheet all season coming into this match so it was no surprise to their
240 travelling supporters when Ipswich drew level, Smith hooking Lee
Martin's corner into the top of the net in the 32nd minute.

City started the second half as they
had the first with Adomah forcing Stephen Henderson into a smart stop 30
seconds after the restart.

Adomah then turned provider when he set up Danns but the Leicester loanee's curling effort took a deflection and flew wide.

Town boss Mick McCarthy then
introduced Michael Chopra, who has a fantastic goalscoring record
against the Robins, for Campbell just before the hour mark as they
looked for their fourth win in their last five games.

But the next chance fell to the
visitors, Greg Cunningham, back in the side after a long-term injury,
heading Danns' cross wide when well placed.

At the other end the Championship's
leakiest defence came close to conceding yet again, Chopra's drilled
effort being kept out by Heaton after the former Newcastle man showed
good feet inside the box.

Neither side could carve out a real chance in the final minutes of a forgettable second half.

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0: Perfect preparation for Chelsea Cup tie as Warnock"s men return to winning ways

Leeds 2 Ipswich 0: Perfect preparation for Chelsea cup tie as Warnock's men return to winning ways

Wayne Gardiner, Press Association


17:26 GMT, 15 December 2012



17:30 GMT, 15 December 2012

Leeds warmed up for their midweek cup date with Chelsea by getting back to winning ways in the npower Championship and ending Ipswich's three-match victory streak.

United host the Champions League winners, with whom they have a rivalry dating back decades, in the Capital One Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, and anticipation is high around Elland Road.

The gloss would have been taken off that occasion were Neil Warnock's men to have suffered a second straight defeat today, but thanks to on-loan winger Jerome Thomas they made sure they will go into their big week on a high.

Loan star: Jerome Thomas (right, pictured against Huddersfield last week) set Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road

Loan star: Jerome Thomas (right, pictured against Huddersfield last week) set Leeds on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich at Elland Road

Match Facts

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Lees, Tate, Peltier, Green, Norris, Tonge, Thomas (Brown 84), Becchio (Varney 90), Diouf (McCormack 81).
Subs not nsed: Ashdown, Pearce, White, Hall.

Booked: Norris.

Goals: Thomas 19, Green 68.

Ipswich: Henderson, Orr (Hewitt 85), Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Campbell (Chopra 62), Murphy (Emmanuel-Thomas 73). Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Mohsni, Reo-Coker.

Attendance: 19,185.

Referee: Oliver Langford.

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Thomas, borrowed from West Brom, missed last week's loss at Derby but has now won all four of the games he has played for the Whites and had a starring role today, scoring one and setting up another for Paul Green.

The end scoreline was perhaps harsh on Ipswich, who had lots of the ball and could have done more had they been able to pick a pass in the final third, but their lack of a cutting edge cost them dearly.

Warnock had warned his players that a poor showing today would see them on the bench come Wednesday night, and although their start was not an exhilarating one, it was better than their opponents and they never looked back.

El-Hadji Diouf, fresh from signing a new 18-month deal yesterday, had United's first chance, getting on the end of Green's chipped pass to get through on Stephen Henderson's goal but the stopper spread himself well to close things down.

Diouf had the next opportunity too, although it was only a half one, rising to try and make something out of Sam Byram's punt forward but only finding the palms of Henderson.

There was nothing Henderson could do as Leeds took a 19th-minute lead, though, with Thomas obscuring his view of Tom Lees' header from Diouf's corner and touching it past him at the last second, giving him no chance instead of what was going to be a routine save.

The sheer number of balls Leeds were putting in the box were causing all sorts of problems for Henderson and shortly after he was indebted to the scampering of team-mate Aaron Cresswell, who got back to hack David Norris' header off the line after he had failed to properly deal with Michael Tonge's cut-back.

Goal grabber: Paul Green sealed the win for Leeds by scoring the second goal

Goal grabber: Paul Green sealed the win for Leeds by scoring the second goal

Short of the odd burst of pace from DJ Campbell Ipswich were offering little, and as they sat back they were fortunate not to be 2-0 down just before the break as Luciano Becchio – when all he had to do was find any inch of the goal – inexplicably skied a free six-yard header from Byram's cross.

The Argentinian was indebted to goalkeeper Paddy Kenny not long after as he tipped away Carlos Edwards' cross-shot, but he had his head in his hands again just after the interval as, when he managed to direct another Byram cross on target, he drew a brilliant save from Henderson.

Ipswich had found a way to stifle Leeds by this point, however, and started to dominate possession, if without any end product, and it was cruel on them when Green doubled the home side's advantage with 21 minutes remaining.

The Leeds crowd were moaning as Alan Tate hoofed a ball clear but, as Bradley Orr failed to mop it up, Diouf released Norris, he played in Thomas and in the blink of an eye his cross had been slammed into the roof of the net by Green.

Ipswich then had two glorious chances to make a game of it, with first Lee Martin and then Michael Chopra failing to beat Kenny from six yards, and that summed up their afternoon as Leeds eased it out.

Ipswich 3 Millwall 0 – match report

Ipswich 3 Millwall 0: Lions' unbeaten run comes to an end with humbling defeat


17:24 GMT, 8 December 2012



17:24 GMT, 8 December 2012

Millwall's 13-match unbeaten run came to an end as resurgent Ipswich recorded a third successive npower Championship victory thanks to a brace from DJ Campbell.

The Lions went into the encounter as the second tier's form side having won four of their last five, boasting four successive clean sheets in the process.

And they should have taken the lead as they enjoyed the better of the opening half-hour, Chris Wood heading a great chance over while Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson denied Andy Keogh, Liam Trotter and James Henry.

Easy as that: DJ Campbell (left) celebrates after scoring Ipswich's third

Easy as that: DJ Campbell (left) celebrates after scoring Ipswich's third


Ipswich Town: Henderson, Cresswell, Chambers, Smith, Orr (Hewitt 88), Edwards, N'daw, Martin, Drury, Campbell (Chopra 84), Murphy (Barnett 84)

Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Carson, Emmanuel-Thomas

Booked: Martin

Goals: Campbell 37, 64 (pen), Murphy 50

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, Smith, Trotter, Henry, C Taylor (Wright 56), Abdou (N'Guessan 56), Keogh, Wood

Subs not used: M Taylor, Smith, Osborne, Malone, Feeney

Booked: Beevers, Wood

Referee: Coote

Attendance: 17,380

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Campbell punished the visitors as he
then converted a flowing move from close range for his seventh goal in
12 games since joining on loan from QPR.

The striker turned provider five
minutes after half-time as he chased down Danny Shittu, gained
possession and fed Daryl Murphy to sweep home.

Campbell then bagged his second from
the penalty spot after Shane Lowry's handball – Town's fourth successive
game in which they have been awarded a spot-kick.

Campbell's form will certainly give QPR boss Harry Redknapp food for thought, with his loan stay due to expire in January.

It is the first time Ipswich have
recorded three successive wins in 10 months while Mick McCarthy has now
won five of his eight games since taking charge.

The game's first chance went to Town striker Murphy after seven minutes but he could only head wide from Lee Martin's cross.

Henderson made his first smart save
from Keogh's header before Lions strike partner Wood wasted a golden
opportunity, nodding Henry's free-kick over the bar from five yards.

Millwall's profligacy was their
undoing on that occasion but they were denied twice by some superb
goalkeeping by Henderson just after the half-hour mark.

Trotter was kept out as Henderson parried his effort and from the rebound Henry saw his shot tipped around a post.

Murphy fired over from 12 yards for Town before Ipswich opened the scoring in the 37th minute courtesy of a well-worked move.

Martin released Aaron Cresswell down the left and he delivered a great cross for Campbell to convert from close range.

It proved the final act of note in
the first half but Town fans did not have to wait long after the break
for a second as Campbell turned provider.

The striker chased down Millwall
defender Shittu and, when he gave away possession, Campbell squared for
Murphy to convert from six yards.

David Forde had to be alert to
prevent a third as he tipped Martin's free-kick over the bar, before
Campbell fired off target when presented with a great chance from close

But the points were wrapped up in the
64th minute when Lowry was penalised for handball, leaving Campbell to
convert from the spot.

Shittu went some way to making up for his error late on when he denied Martin a fourth, clearing off the line.

Ipswich 3 Nottingham Forest 1: Match report

Ipswich 3 Nottingham Forest 1: Tractor Boys cut down Tricky Trees to move out of bottom three


22:18 GMT, 27 November 2012



22:18 GMT, 27 November 2012

Ipswich moved out of the relegation zone with a deserved win against in-form Nottingham Forest – only their second home victory of the season.

Mick McCarthy's men opened the scoring in fortuitous circumstances as a lack of communication between goalkeeper Lee Camp and defender Danny Collins saw Guirane N'Daw nip in to score.

Dexter Blackstock squeezed home an equaliser in the 58th minute, but Town regained the lead three minutes later when Luke Hyam netted the rebound from DJ Campbell's penalty which had been saved by Camp.

Moving on up: Guirane N'Daw celebrates his goal against Forest

Moving on up: Guirane N'Daw celebrates his goal against Forest


Ipswich: Henderson, Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Hyam (Drury 83), Martin, Barnett (Murphy 56), Campbell (Chopra 88).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Hewitt, Higginbotham, Emmanuel-Thomas.

Booked: Orr, Hyam.

Goals: N'Daw 30, Hyam 61, Murphy 89.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Hutton, Ward, Collins, Harding (McGugan 77), Gillett (Reid 46), Guedioura, Cohen, Lansbury (Coppinger 46), Sharp, Blackstock.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, Moussi, Moloney, Ayala.

Booked: Camp, Sharp.

Goal: Blackstock 58.

Attendnace: 16,200

Referee: Andy D'Urso


The Forest goalkeeper was lucky to be
on the pitch after rushing out to stop Campbell when he was bearing
down on goal in the 16th minute.

Substitute Daryl Murphy sealed the points at the death with a neat finish.

A lively start from Town saw them
create the first opening of the game. Lee Martin floated in a cross for
the unmarked Tommy Smith but his header was straight at Camp.

McCarthy had his head in his hands as
Camp escaped with just a yellow card after taking out Ipswich striker
Campbell as he raced through shortly afterwards.

Blackstock shot straight at Town
goalkeeper Stephen Henderson as Forest looked to respond, but Town
pushed forward again and Hyam fired inches over from a corner.

The home side got the goal their
pressure deserved in comical circumstances on the half hour. A mix-up
between Collins and Camp allowed N'Daw to sneak in and score.

The goal seemed to spark Forest into
life and they came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the 42nd minute
when Billy Sharp took advantage of a slip from Bradley Orr to rattle the
crossbar from Alan Hutton's cross.

Forest made a double substitution at
the start of the second half, with Andy Reid and James Coppinger coming
on for Simon Gillet and Henri Lansbury.

Big win: The Ipswich players celebrated their win that moved them out of the bottom three

Big win: The Ipswich players celebrated their win that moved them out of the bottom three

Both sides had early chances, with a
low shot from Orr creeping just past the left-hand upright and Sharp
failing to connect sweetly with an overhead kick attempt for Forest
after good work from the substitutes.

The double change had provided the Reds with added impetus and Reid forced a decent save from Henderson with a low drive.

Daryl Murphy came on for debutant
Tyrone Barnett and was immediately involved, firing in a shot which took
a deflection and almost caught out Camp who gratefully gathered.

Going down: DJ Campbell battles with Lee Camp

Going down: DJ Campbell battles with Lee Camp

But Forest levelled shortly
afterwards as Reid found Sharp and the striker managed to get the ball
across to Blackstock who poked home from six yards.

Their joy was shortlived, though, as
Ipswich were awarded a penalty when Campbell went down in the box under
challenge from Collins. Camp made a superb stop from Campbell's
spot-kick but Hyam followed in to score.

Going in the right direction: Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy saw his side win

Going in the right direction: Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy saw his side win

After a mad few minutes the half hit a lull, with neither side able to create clear-cut chances.
But Ipswich sealed a much-needed win in the last minute when Murphy
dispossessed Reid and was allowed to carry the ball into the box where
he coolly slotted past Camp.

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.

Crystal Palace 5 Ipswich 0 – match report

Crystal Palace 5 Ipswich 0: Murray treble gives new boss Holloway dream start



00:47 GMT, 7 November 2012

What a start to Ian Holloway's reign at Crystal Palace. Five goals without reply against Ipswich and a five-star performance took the London club to the top of the Championship for the first time in five years.

It extended their unbeaten run to 12 games, following three defeats in their first three matches.

On the spot: Murray scored a hat-trick against Ipswich to fire Palace top

On the spot: Murray scored a hat-trick against Ipswich to fire Palace top

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Ramage, Parr, Jedinak, Garvan (Moritz 69), Dikgacoi, Zaha (Moxey 87), Murray (Easter 69), Bolasie.

Subs Not Used: Price, Blake, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Dikgacoi, Zaha.

Goals: Bolasie 24, Murray 50 pen, 55 pen,63, Moritz 90.

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Higginbotham, Chambers, Cresswell, Martin, Reo-Coker, Drury (Emmanuel-Thomas 70), Wellens (N'Daw 82), Campbell, Murphy (Smith 70).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Chopra, Scotland, Mohsni.

Booked: Reo-Coker.

Attendance: 15,517

Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).

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'As debuts go it doesn't get much better than that,' said Holloway.

'Everybody here is motivated to get
Palace back to where they deserve, to where the fans want and hopefully
it'll be a fantastic journey.'

Holloway did not have to wait long to
see the first goal of his reign. Joel Ward won the ball at right back
in the 24th minute, played a hopeful ball forward that was flicked on by
Owen Garvan and winger Yannick Bolasie ran in behind the Ipswich
defence to delicately loft the bouncing ball, first time, over the
stranded Stephen Henderson from 12 yards.

It got even better in the second
half. The rapid Wilfried Zaha won a penalty on 49 minutes, beating two
men on the left and taking the ball into the area, where he was floored
by Luke Chambers. Glenn Murray calmly netted.

Five minutes later Aaron Creswell
pushed Murray inside the area – and he coolly scored his second penalty.
Only six minutes after that Chambers conceded yet another penalty – but
this time Murray missed.

Perfect start: Holloway's Palace fired five past Ipswich

Perfect start: Holloway's Palace fired five past Ipswich

He did not have to wait long for his
hat-trick, however, netting Ward's low cross from close range on 63
minutes, and substitute Andre Moritz added a fifth in stoppage time.

Holloway credited former Palace boss Dougie Freedman for his work at the club.

He said: 'It's so professional here
it's fantastic. Whatever Dougie and Lennie Lawrence have done, it's
already in place. I sometimes think, pinch me I'm dreaming.'

Mick McCarthy, in his second match in
charge at Ipswich, faced a harsh reality following his win against
Birmingham at the weekend.

He described the match as a sobering
experience and said: 'They murdered us. But people are a little
misguided if they thought we were going to come here against high-flying
Palace and win after the match at the weekend.

'I can't remember a side conceding
three penalties, let alone in 11 minutes. As usual, the players were
telling me it wasn't a penalty. I'll have to look at replays. We've got a
fair bit of work to do.'

Hull 2 Ipswich 1 – match report

Hull 2 Ipswich 1: Jewell near brink after Proschwitz makes his marks



16:44 GMT, 20 October 2012

Nick Proschwitz's brace for Hull City pushed his side into to the npower Championship play-off spots with a 2-1 win against Ipswich Town at the KC Stadium.

The visitors survived a barrage of City chances in the first half to take the lead on 29 minutes through Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

But Ipswich were pegged back by Proschwitz's first club goal on 73 minutes, set up by fellow summer signing Ahmed Elmohamady.

Blow: Paul Jewell's side lost despite leading for much of the game

Blow: Paul Jewell's side lost despite leading for much of the game

Match facts

Hull: Amos, Rosenior (Mclean 62), McKenna, Faye (Chester 70), Dawson, Elmohamady, McShane, Olofinjana (Proschwitz 70), Quinn, Simpson, Aluko.

Subs Not Used: Oxley, Evans, Cooper, Townsend.

Goals: Proschwitz 74, 90.

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Emmanuel Thomas, Wellens, Reo-Coker, Murphy (Drury 80), Campbell (Chopra 75),Martin (Mohsni 71).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Scotland, Hyam, Smith.

Booked: Murphy, Wellens, Henderson, Drury.

Goals: Emmanuel-Thomas 29.

Att: 15,983

Ref: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

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The German striker's effort sparked a
flurry of chances for the hosts, but it was Proschwitz himself who
ensured three points with an injury-time header to give City a second
successive win.

City had a point to prove at the KC
stadium – having lost their last two home games – and they showed their
intentions in the fifth minute when Sone Aluko's corner was met by Paul
McShane, whose shot needed a scrambled clearance from Ipswich.

Aluko was gifted City's best chance
on goal after 16 minutes when defender Danny Higginbotham slipped in the
Ipswich box. However, with just keeper Stephen Henderson to beat, Aluko
fired well over.

It was City's game to dominate as
Ipswich only had a Lee Martin shot saved easily by keeper Ben Amos to
show for their early efforts.

Henderson was kept busy at the other
end by the Tigers and he needed to be quick to collect Aluko's
through-ball with Jay Simpson rushing on.

Emmanuel-Thomas then gave the visitors the lead against the run of play.

A quickly taken free-kick on the
right saw the 21-year-old given the chance to jink his way into the box
and, with no City defenders closing him down, fire into the bottom

Emmanuel-Thomas almost made it two
for the visitors, who were growing in confidence, only for Liam Rosenior
to make a last-ditch tackle to deny the shot before Daryl Murphy headed
over from a corner just before the break.

City came out firing in the second
half with two early chances, as Abdoulaye Faye's looping header was
tipped over by Henderson before Andy Dawson's long-range effort whizzed
narrowly over.

Ipswich retaliated through Martin and Nigel Reo-Coker, both of whom tested Amos with strong shots.

City brought on Aaron McLean just
after the hour mark followed by a double substitution with Proschwitz
and James Chester taking the field, and the hosts at last found vigour.

Stephen Quinn headed wide from Elmohamady's cross before Simpson fed Mclean on the right, who shot straight at Henderson.

The pressure yielded rewards on 73
minutes as Elmohamady found space on the right-hand byline to cross low
for Proschwitz, who made no mistake from point-blank range.

City should have been ahead on 84
minutes, only for Quinn's long-range effort to strike the bar before
Proschwitz shot hopelessly over from six yards.

But the German made amends in
dramatic style by meeting Elmohamady's cross in almost the final minute
of injury time to power the winner past Henderson.