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John Terry and Chelsea help Tickets for Troops charity celebrate milestone

Terry helps Chelsea celebrate milestone with Tickets for Troops charity

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12:47 GMT, 23 November 2012

Chelsea captain John Terry joined up with Tickets for Troops to announce that the charity has distributed 300,000 free tickets in its three-year history.

The charity, which provides free tickets to members of the armed forces and those medically discharged since 2001, has also had over 115,000 servicemen and women register to make use of the service.

Just the ticket; Chelsea captain John Terry hands lifelong Blues fan Pte Tom Harding his gift

Just the ticket; Chelsea captain John Terry hands lifelong Blues fan Pte Tom Harding his gift

Charity patron: Terry chats with members of the armed forces after training at Cobham

Charity patron: Terry chats with members of the armed forces after training at Cobham

Since it was launched in 2009, the
charity has provided free tickets to service personnel for major events
including The Brit Awards, James Bond’s Skyfall premiere, the FA Cup final, England Internationals at Wembley, The Diamond Jubilee Concert
at Buckingham Palace and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Private Tom Harding of 3rd Battalion the Parachute Regiment and a lifelong Chelsea fan was allocated the 300,000th milestone ticket for Chelsea v Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Support: Chelsea have donated 50 tickets for every home fixture since the charity was set up in 2009

Support: Chelsea have donated 50 tickets for every home fixture since the charity was set up in 2009

As part of the celebrations Pte
Harding was invited by Chelsea to meet club captain Terry at their
Cobham training ground in Surrey. Terry presented Pte Harding with the
300,000th ticket for the weekend’s game which includes access for him
and a guest to the Executive Lounge at Stamford Bridge.

Terry, who is a Tickets For Troops
Patron said: ‘It’s an honour to have met Tom and I’m delighted to have
been able to present him with the 300,000th ticket on behalf of Tickets
for Troops. Tom and his colleagues in the forces are real heroes and I
and everyone at the club have nothing but respect for the sacrifices
they make on behalf of our country. It is wonderful that so many
organisations have supported this incredible scheme and such a
substantial number of tickets have been donated.’

Chelsea were a founder supporter of
Tickets For Troops and have donated 50 tickets for every home fixture
since the charity was set up in 2009.

Pte Harding said: ‘I can’t believe it. I’ve been a Chelsea fan all my life but often find it difficult to attend games because of the nature of my job. I never expected in a million years that I would get to meet the captain at the training ground, let alone in the same week have the opportunity and privilege to watch Chelsea take on Manchester City from the Stamford Bridge Executive Lounge.

‘I can’t thank Tickets For Troops and Chelsea enough for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Tickets For Troops does such a fantastic job in keeping spirits high amongst the all the Armed Forces and I hope they can continue to operate for many years to come.’

Visit the website: www.ticketsfortroops.org.uk

Nottm Forest 1 Millwall 4: Lions cut Forest down to size with thumping win

Nottm Forest 1 Millwall 4: Lions cut Forest down to size with thumping win

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17:29 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:03 GMT, 3 November 2012

Kenny Jackett celebrated five years as Millwall manager in style after seeing his side extend their unbeaten run to seven npower Championship matches with an impressive 4-1 win at Nottingham Forest.

Liam Trotter gave the Lions a third-minute lead but Billy Sharp struck to send the teams into half-time all square.

Second-half goals from Darius Henderson, Chris Wood and substitute Andy Keogh duly ensured Millwall won away for the first time since August.

Sealing the deal: Andy Keogh celebrates scoring Millwall's fourth

Sealing the deal: Andy Keogh celebrates scoring Millwall's fourth

Match facts

Nottingham Forest: Camp,
Harding, Collins, Moloney, Ward, Gillett (McGugan, 78), Cohen, Reid
(Blackstock, 70 ) Majewski (Guedioura, 15), Cox, Sharp Subs not used: Darlow, Lansbury, Tudgay

Yellow card: Harding

Scorer: Sharp, 22

Millwall: Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Beevers, Smith, Trotter, Henry, C Taylor, Abdou, Henderson (Keogh, 81), Wood Subs not used: M Taylor, Smith, Osborne, Malone, Wright, Feeney

Yellow card: Abdou

Scorers: Trotter, 3, Henderson, 60, Wood, 76, Keogh, 84

Referee: Mathieson

Att.: 24,160

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Both managers were forced to change a winning team because of suspension.

On-loan Norwich defender Elliott Ward made his full debut for Forest after Greg Halford received his fifth yellow card of the season during the 4-1 victory at Barnsley.

Alan Dunne missed out for Millwall for the same reason, reaching the threshold in his side's 4-0 home win over Huddersfield.

On-loan Tottenham right-back Adam Smith came into the team to make his Lions bow after joining Jackett's side on Thursday.

Forest, minus Jermaine Jenas despite the Tottenham midfielder this week extending his loan spell at his hometown club until the new year, suffered an awful start to the game.

Trotter cut infield from the left and after going past a couple of defenders curled a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net.

Reds boss Sean O'Driscoll was then forced to make a change after 15 minutes following an injury to Radoslaw Majewski.

Adlene Guedioura, back from suspension, replaced the Pole in midfield.

As the hosts tried to reorganise themselves Chris Taylor forced Lee Camp into action.

The Forest goalkeeper spilled Taylor's 20-yard shot but gathered the ball at the second attempt.

It was against the run of play when Sharp equalised in the 22nd minute.

After an intricate passing move involving his strike partner Simon Cox, Sharp finished confidently from 12 yards out for his fourth Forest goal since moving to the City Ground on loan from Southampton.

O'Driscoll's side improved thereafter and finished the first half on top but failed to add a second goal.

Millwall managed to do so though after an hour.

Forest had struggled with crosses into the box since the break, with Wood and James Henry heading over, before Henderson nodded past Camp from close range from Henry's delivery.

The hosts became more direct and Dexter Blackstock was introduced from the bench as they sought another equalising goal.But it was Millwall who struck next after 76 minutes and put the game beyond doubt.

After Chris Cohen's shot was blocked, the Lions hit Forest on the counter attack and Wood's shot took a huge deflection off Danny Collins and went past the helpless Camp.

The Reds were caught out again six minutes from time when Taylor's cross was volleyed home by Keogh, on as a 81st-minute replacement for Henderson, from close range.

Chelsea fan accused of monkey taunt says: I"m no racist

I'm no racist! Chelsea fan accused of 'monkey' taunt at Welbeck breaks silenceClub and Police investigating fan's behaviourChelsea appeal for information led to fan being identified on internet
Comes after referee Mark Clattenburg stands accused by Chelsea of telling John Mikel Obi to 'shut it, monkey' during last Sunday's game against United

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11:36 GMT, 3 November 2012

The Chelsea fan caught making an apparent monkey gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck has claimed he is not a racist.

Gavin Kirkham was in the front row of the Matthew Harding Stand at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night when he was caught on camera appearing to taunt Welbeck.

Kirkham, 28, from Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, was named on social networking sites after Chelsea appealed for help in identifying him. The club and the police both launched investigations.

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

According to the Daily Mirror, Kirkham texted his flatmate Kevin Cleverly – who is also his landlord – and said: 'I’m ashamed of what I did. I’m totally ashamed of myself and I wish it hadn’t happened.

'I know what I did was wrong. I know how it looks and what’s been said.

'I’ve just made a mistake. A huge mistake. I’m not a racist. I’m just one of the boys.

'I had a couple of pints and got a bit lairy but I’m not a bad lad. I just got wrapped up in the match.

'I’m sorry I brought the game into disrepute.'

Kirkham is expected to be questioned in the next few days as Scotland Yard are reported to be speaking to Hertfordshire Police about what steps to take next.

Unacceptable: The Chelsea fan (circled) appears to to make a monkey gesture towards Welbeck after the striker mis-controls the ball

Unacceptable: The Chelsea fan (circled) appears to to make a monkey gesture towards Welbeck after the striker mis-controls the ball

Police have the CCTV footage from Wednesday's match and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reported to have said he does not want the man back in the stadium.

An aide to the Russian told the Mirror; 'Roman is not happy. He has spoken to officials and told them the man should never be allowed inside the ground again.'

The incident is the latest storm to rock Stamford Bridge after referee Mark Clattenburg was accused of using racist language towards John Mikel Obi and Juan Mata in last weekend's Premier League match between Chelsea and United.

Mikel is pursuing the case against Clattenburg after the official allegedly told
him to ‘shut it, monkey’.

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who allegedly racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Message: Manchester United fans take aim at Chelsea over the race rows that have engulfed the club

Message: Manchester United fans take aim at Chelsea over the race rows that have engulfed the club

The second element of the London club’s initial complaint
alleging the referee called Mata ‘a Spanish t***’ was dropped on
the advice of the club’s external legal team.

Chelsea believe they have enough
evidence to convince an FA independent regulatory commission that they
can meet the civil standard of proof, which is the balance of
probabilities.

Clattenburg
has denied using racist or inappropriate language in a submission to the
FA and is backed by his two assistants and the fourth official.

Chelsea captain John Terry is serving a four-match ban after being found guilty by a Football Association independent regulatory commission of racially abusing QPR's Anton Ferdinand during a match last season.

Chelsea racism row: yob who made "monkey" gesture at Manchester United ace Welbeck pictured dressed as a lady and wearing a mankini

Named, shamed and NOW exposed: Chelsea yob who allegedly made 'monkey' gesture at United ace Welbeck pictured dressed as a lady… and wearing a mankini

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14:34 GMT, 2 November 2012


Away kit: Gavin Kirkham who was caught on camera allegedly directing a 'monkey' gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, poses here as a woman in a dress and green wig on his MySpace page

Away kit: Gavin Kirkham who was caught on camera allegedly directing a 'monkey' gesture at Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, poses here as a woman in a dress and green wig on his MySpace page

The racist yob who abused Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck with a monkey gesture has been named as Gavin Kirkham.

As of early on Friday morning no arrest had been made following his disgraceful actions during Chelsea’s 5-4 win in the Capital One Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

Kirkham, 28, was pictured making an obscene gesture at Welbeck from the Matthew Harding Stand, triggering yet another police investigation at the club yesterday.

Kirkham, from Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, was sitting in the same area where a steward was injured during Sunday’s league game with Manchester United.

The image (right) shows him dressed as a lady in a green wig. In the picture (below) he is posing in a 'Borat mankini' on his MySpace page.

The Sun newspaper last night tracked Kirkham down at his flat in Letchworth, Herts.

Asked by a reporter if he wanted to comment Kirkham said: 'Not at the moment, no.'

He added he was busy 'trying to earn a living' and said he had not been contacted by police officers or Chelsea officials.

Kirkham
— who lists his pastimes on Facebook as Chelsea, playing football and
drinking — refused to comment further, adding: 'Call me tomorrow.'

The monkey gesture was particularly
embarrassing for Chelsea after they went to great lengths to remind
supporters that safety and respectful behaviour is paramount.

Chelsea, who had pleaded with
supporters to identify the culprit — who was sat in row one of the stand
— are already on the back foot over another racism incident, after
alleging that referee Mark Clattenburg called John Mikel Obi a ‘monkey’
in the league match with United.

Chelsea had said they would ban the individual for life when he was eventually identified.

Gavin Kirkham, 28, who was allegedly caught on camera making a 'monkey' gesture at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, wears a 'Borat mankini'.

Picture shocker: Gavin Kirkham, 28, who was allegedly caught on camera making a 'monkey' gesture at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, wears a 'Borat mankini'.

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

Taunt: Chelsea fan Gavin Kirkham appears to make a monkey gesture at Stamford Bridge

Unacceptable: The Chelsea fan (circled) appears to to make a monkey gesture towards Welbeck after the striker mis-controls the ball
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A Chelsea spokesman said: ‘Chelsea
are committed to removing all forms of discrimination and if we have
sufficient evidence we will take the strongest possible action,
including supporting criminal prosecution.’

Chelsea are under siege after a
series of racism rows and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger criticised them
for publicising their complaint against Clattenburg.

Wenger, however, believes any dispute should have been settled immediately after the match or behind closed doors.

The Frenchman repeatedly hit out at
Chelsea’s decision to ‘go public’ with their allegations and insisted
such matters should remain private.

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Stirring the pot: Manchester United fans display a banner about Clattenburg, mocking the well-known slogan Chelsea fans attach to captain John Terry, who allegedly racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand

Message: Manchester United fans take aim at Chelsea over the race rows that have engulfed the club

Wenger said: ‘I believe one of the
great things in sport is the battle. When it is on in football,
especially in England, you can sort out the problems you had internally.
If it becomes a sport to make the lawyers rich, I am not a fan of it.

‘One of the great things in sports,
as well, is tolerance, forgiveness and explanation internally and I
think it should stay like that.
'It can happen that a referee doesn’t behave well. I do not say they are
angels, but it is always better to sort it out in the (match
officials’) room.

‘I prefer, when I didn’t behave well,
that I have an explanation with the referee at the end of the game, or
on another day, than going public with little proof. I’m not a great
believer in making these stories public.

‘I must say that my deep feeling is
that I was not always completely behaving very well in this situation,
because they are very heated situations. But I am a deep supporter of
doing that internally.’

Chelsea dropped their second
allegation against Clattenburg after an external legal team warned them
that their claim he called Juan Mata ‘a Spanish t***’ would not stand up
before an FA commission. The club appeared robust and confident of
success, however, in their pursuit of Clattenburg over claims he called
Mikel a ‘monkey’.

On Thursday the FA were sifting
through Chelsea witness statements. The FA’s compliance department have
yet to make a decision over whether to interview Chelsea players
formally, but there will be scepticism over Jenni Kennedy’s role by
Chelsea.

As head of compliance she taped her
interview with John Terry after he was accused of racially abusing Anton
Ferdinand at Loftus Road on October 23, 2011.

Hitting out: Arsene Wenger slammed Chelsea for going public with their claims against Mark Clattenburg

Hitting out: Arsene Wenger slammed Chelsea for going public with their claims against Mark Clattenburg

Hitting out: Arsene Wenger slammed Chelsea for going public with their claims against Mark Clattenburg

Incredibly she failed to tape the
interview with left back Ashley Cole, which caused considerable
discomfort and embarrassment for the FA in the independent regulatory
commission.

This time Chelsea will insist that
they are recorded and are likely to be accompanied by a club lawyer if
the FA decide there is a case to answer.

Mikel only discovered the allegation
when he entered the dressing room last Sunday in a conversation with
Ramires. Mikel then attempted to kick down Clattenburg’s door before he
confronted the official.

Police investigation into Chelsea steward injury

Police launch investigation into steward injury during ugly scenes at Stamford Bridge

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16:50 GMT, 29 October 2012

Police have confirmed they are investigating the cause of an injury that hospitalised one of Chelsea's stewards after the club's acrimonious defeat to Manchester United.

A Stamford Bridge steward needed approximately 10 minutes' treatment by paramedics after falling to the floor during the Barclays Premier League game, with the Blues confirming he had hurt his knee.

The injury was sustained as United
celebrated Javier Hernandez's controversial winner in front of the
Matthew Harding stand, home fans responding by hurling abuse and
appearing to throw objects onto the field of play.

Hurt: A Chelsea steward, injured after the winning goal was scored, is wheeled away by paramedics

Hurt: A Chelsea steward, injured after the winning goal was scored, is wheeled away by paramedics

Tumble: A Chelsea steward (bottom left) falls back over the perimeter board as United celebrate

Tumble: A Chelsea steward (bottom left) falls back over the perimeter board as United celebrate

It was unclear whether the steward,
who was taken to hospital, was hit but there were suggestions he
may have been caught up in a surge towards the advertising hoardings.

The matter was serious enough for the Metropolitan Police to launch a formal inquiry.

A spokeswoman said: 'We are aware of an incident during yesterday's match at Stamford Bridge in which a steward was injured. An investigation has been launched into the incident and our inquiries continue.'

It is understood officers were examining CCTV footage today to work out how the steward was injured.

Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan said: 'My understanding is that there is a steward with an injury and it's not yet clear what caused that injury but we will look into it with the club. There should be CCTV.

In pain: The steward is tended to after he was injured following the crowd's celebration

In pain: The steward is tended to after he was injured following the crowd's celebration

Debris: Manchester United's Michael Carrick removes a piece of seat that was thrown from the crowd

Debris: Manchester United's Michael Carrick removes a piece of seat that was thrown from the crowd

'Obviously, there was some dispute at the end of the game, given it had been quite a controversial game.

'What we have to find out is if there
was just one person involved or if there were any more. We will review
the footage and talk to the clubs.'

Chelsea launched their own internal investigation into the matter last night.

'We are looking at reports of objects
that may have been thrown or incidents around the steward taking a
fall,' a club spokesman said after the match. 'We are investigating all
the incidents around that time.

'My information so far is that he (the
steward) slipped and fell, may have hurt his knee, and was being
treated by the side of the pitch. He's been taken to hospital.'

Chelsea face investigation over injured steward

Steward hurt on day of shame as Chelsea face police and FA investigation

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23:13 GMT, 28 October 2012

Chelsea face an FA and police investigation after shameful scenes at Stamford Bridge during their 3-2 defeat by Manchester United.

A Chelsea steward was taken to hospital with a knee injury, caught in a crush after Javier Hernandez’s controversial 75th-minute winner for United.

On a shocking day for the Barclays Premier League, a seat was ripped out and hurled towards celebrating United players in the corner of the West Stand and Matthew Harding Stand.

Hurt: A Chelsea steward, injured after the winning goal was scored, is wheeled away by paramedics

Hurt: A Chelsea steward, injured after the winning goal was scored, is wheeled away by paramedics

Earlier, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who scored in a 2-2 draw against Everton in a thrilling Merseyside derby, was pictured mockingly hiding a coin in his boot that had been thrown from the crowd.

At Stamford Bridge, as United players celebrated Hernandez’s winner by a corner flag, a seat went flying past Patrice Evra. The FA will wait for referee Mark Clattenburg’s report this morning and will then study footage of the incident.

Tumble: A Chelsea steward (bottom left) falls back over the perimeter board as United celebrate

Tumble: A Chelsea steward (bottom left) falls back over the perimeter board as United celebrate

A Chelsea spokesman said: ‘We are
investigating all the incidents around that time. We are looking at
reports of objects that may have been thrown or incidents around the
steward taking a fall.’

Chelsea had staged a remarkable recovery after David Luiz scored an own goal and Robin van Persie stretched United’s first-half lead. But they were beaten in the Premier League for the first time this season and ended the game with nine men after Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres were dismissed.

In pain: The steward is tended to after he was injured following the crowd's celebration

In pain: The steward is tended to after he was injured following the crowd's celebration

Torres was sent off after being given a second yellow card for a dive under pressure from Jonny Evans and United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: ‘He was booked already so it’s his own fault for getting sent off.’

Evans added: ‘I think he probably realised he wasn’t getting the ball and went down. I think the referee has made the right decision to send him off.’

Debris: Manchester United's Michael Carrick removes a piece of seat that was thrown from the crowd

Debris: Manchester United's Michael Carrick removes a piece of seat that was thrown from the crowd

Chelsea chief Roberto Di Matteo later had a heated exchange with Mark Clattenburg in the referee’s room.

The Chelsea chief said: ‘Everyone can see that is not a yellow card. I went to see the referee because it seems every decision is going against us at the moment.’

Northampton 2 Cardiff 1

Northampton 2 Cardiff 1: Last year's beaten finalists booted out in first round

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22:01 GMT, 14 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Alex Nicholls booked Northampton's place in the next round of the Capital One Cup after they came from behind to beat Cardiff at Sixfields.

Last season's runners-up fell at the first hurdle this time and can have no complaints after the League Two side overcame the early setback of going behind to the Championship outfit.

It took just four minutes for new signing Heidar Helguson to get off the mark on his Cardiff debut.

Good start: Heidar Helguson scores from the spot

Good start: Heidar Helguson scores from the spot

The former QPR striker sent keeper Dean Snedker the wrong way from the penalty spot after defender Kelvin Langmead had been harshly penalised for impeding Helguson.

Cobblers responded well with David Artell heading just wide from Chris Hackett's corner and Luke Guttridge firing over from long range.

In between, Joe Mason fired straight at Snedker following a neat turn on the edge of the box.

Spectacular: Sixfields looked good, even if Cardiff didn't

Spectacular: Sixfields looked good, even if Cardiff didn't

Northampton finally got back on level terms in the 37th minute when Ben Tozer's long throw-in found Artell whose header beat the diving Joe Lewis and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

Ben Harding missed a great chance to put the Cobblers in front three minutes later but he could only shoot wide after seizing on a weak punch from Lewis following another testing Tozer throw-in.

But the home side took the lead three minutes after the restart when Lewis failed to deal with an inswinging corner from Harding and Nicholls nipped in to head home at the far post.

More misery: Cardiff lost to Liverpool in last season's final

More misery: Cardiff lost to Liverpool in last season's final

Langmead almost increased Northampton's lead five minutes later when he turned well in the box but Lewis did well to block his close-range effort.

Guttridge was denied on the hour when his low drive was blocked by Ben Nugent with Lewis well beaten.

Cardiff offered little in the final third apart from a Joe Ralls long-range effort which flew over.

Nicholls went close to a second goal in the 83rd minute, his neat flick going just wide from a Henoc Mukendi cross.

Southampton 1 Ipswich 1: Jason Scotland negates Rickie Lambert"s opener

Southampton 1 Ipswich 1: Scotland's late strike sees sorry Saints caught short

Southampton slipped up at home to Ipswich, giving West Ham a clear advantage in the Championship title race.

Jason Scotland had been on the pitch just seven minutes when he seized on a slip by Morgan Schneiderlin to cut in and fire the equaliser with a deflected shot.

Rickie Lambert had put Southampton ahead.

That's pants: Jason Scotland celebrates his equaliser

That's pants: Jason Scotland celebrates his equaliser

MATCH FACTS

Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Fonte, Hooiveld, Harding, Guly (De Ridder 70), Schneiderlin, Hammond, Lallana (Cork 83), Lee (Sharp 75), Lambert. Subs not used: Martin, Connolly.

Booked: Harding.

Scorer: Lambert 74.

Ipswich: McCarthy, Edwards, Smith, Delaney, Cresswell, Emmanuel-Thomas, Leadbitter (Bowyer 84), Drury (Scotland 77), Murphy (Stevenson 77), Chopra, Martin. Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, Sonko.

Booked: Murphy.

Scorer: Scotland 85.

Referee: Darren Drysdale.

Attendance: 23,315.

Nigel Adkins’ side are still top of
the table, but the real beneficiaries were West Ham, now just two points
behind with two games in hand. Sam Allardyce’s side can regain the lead
with a win against Watford.

Adkins said: ‘It was tough to take. We’ve got to deal with it.

‘We’ve led the race for a hell of a
long time, I still believe there are 10 teams with a great chance of
getting promoted and we are one of them.’

Adkins team — with the strongest
attack in the Championship — faced the side with the weakest defence,
but Ipswich are on a much better recent run than their woeful tally of
goals conceded, 61 in 34 games, might suggest.

Paul Jewell’s side have now lost just
one of their last seven games and showed improvement from the 5-2
thrashing they suffered at home to Southampton in August.

Jewell said: ‘We were distinctly
average in the first half and I think you saw the response in the second
half. Jason Scotland has been terrific for us. He had a little bit of
fortune with the deflection but maybe Southampton had a little bit of
fortune on Saturday (with a 1-0 win at Leeds) so maybe we deserved
that.’

On target: Lambert is clutched by Schneiderlin

On target: Lambert is clutched by Schneiderlin

Saints dominated the first half with Lambert and his strike partner, Tadanari Lee, working tirelessly up front.

Their efforts gave Adam Lallana three excellent opportunities to break the deadlock.

First Lambert collected Frazer
Richardson’s throw after 25 minutes and set Dean Hammond free. The
captain was through on goal but chose to square the ball to Lallana, who
opted for placement rather than power and Alex McCarthy saved well. The
winger was denied again two minutes later as he ran onto Schneiderlin’s
weighted pass, but saw his effort blocked by Tommy Smith — and yet
again on the half-hour mark after Schneiderlin inspired a quick
Southampton counter-attack from an Ipswich corner.

Michael Chopra had two near misses
with attempted headers and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas forced Kelvin Davis to
tip the ball wide of his left-hand post with a 25-yard left-foot shot.

No arm in it: Saints' Jose Fonte holds off Daryl Murphy

No arm in it: Saints' Jose Fonte holds
off Daryl Murphy

The hosts had Davis, who spent three
years at Ipswich, to thank for keeping them level after 51 minutes. Andy
Drury drifted in a ball and Chopra darted clear, only to see his header
saved brilliantly. Guly Do Prado scuffed a volley wide before Lambert
scored his 21st league goal this season in the 74th minute after a fine
cross from substitute Steve de Ridder.

But the strike willed Ipswich into
action and Scotland chased down a long ball forward before cutting
inside to score his sixth of the campaign.

It prompted Chopra, playing despite
being fined two weeks’ wages for missing training after a night out with
Jimmy Bullard last week, to yank the striker’s shorts down — a cheeky
reference to the alleged antics in Newcastle which had caused such
trouble.