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

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

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17:27 GMT, 22 December 2012

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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.

Bolton 1 Ipswich 2 match report

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

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17:38 GMT, 1 December 2012

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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

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17:52 GMT, 17 November 2012

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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
later.

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 0 Sheffield Wednesday 3 match report: Ross Barkley double

Ipswich 0 Sheffield Wednesday 3: Barkley double piles misery on Tractor Boys

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16:13 GMT, 27 October 2012

Ross Barkley's double and a late Michail Antonio strike at managerless Ipswich helped secure Sheffield Wednesday their first away win the npower Championship this season.

Teenage midfielder Barkley, on loan from Everton, struck early in each half and Antonio steered home a third in the closing stages to lift the pressure on Wednesday manager Dave Jones, who celebrated his side's first win in 10 league matches.

Barkley, 18, capped at every level for England from under-14s to under-21s, has hit top form for the Owls in recent weeks and proved the difference in a game between the Championship's bottom two clubs.

Matchwinner: Barkley celebrates his first goal

Matchwinner: Barkley celebrates his first goal

Match facts

Ipswich: Henderson, Edwards, Chambers, Higginbotham, Cresswell, Carson (Emmanuel-Thomas 78), Wellens, Hyam, Martin,
Campbell (Mohsni 83), Murphy (Chopra 61).

Subs Not Used: Loach, Drury, Smith, Reo-Coker.

Booked: Martin, Chambers.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Gardner, Llera, Jones, Semedo, Bothroyd, Barkley, Corry (Jermaine Johnson 72), Antonio, O'Grady (Madine 82).

Subs Not Used: Davies, Taylor, Mattock, Rodri, Pecnik.

Booked: Gardner, Bothroyd.

Goals: Barkley 2, 58, Antonio 81.

Attendance: 17,738

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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Ipswich, who parted company with
manager Paul Jewell on Wednesday, have yet to win a league game at
Portman Road this season and their winless run has now stretched to 11
matches.

Caretaker-boss Chris Hutchings made
three changes to the side that started in the midweek home defeat to
Derby, with midfield pair Luke Hyam and Josh Carson, plus striker Daryl
Murphy all returning.

Defender Anthony Gardner and strikers Jay Bothroyd and Chris O'Grady were recalled by Wednesday, who made a flying start.

The visitors attacked from the
kick-off and when Lewis Buxton's shot was blocked by Hyam following
Antonio's cross, Barkley rifled the ball home, low under Ipswich
goalkeeper Stephen Henderson in the second minute.

Stand-in: Chris Hutchings took charge of Ipswich

Stand-in: Chris Hutchings took charge of Ipswich

Ipswich defender Luke Chambers headed
his side's first chance straight at Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland
from Carson's corner, while Hyam dragged his shot from the edge of the
area wide.

Wednesday went close to doubling
their lead in the 16th minute when Antonio's goalbound header from
Bothroyd's cross was blocked by Ipswich defender Danny Higginbotham, but
Ipswich were not without their chances.

Aaron Cresswell's 20-yard free-kick
flew over the crossbar, fellow midfielder Richie Wellens fired a 25-yard
shot just over and Higginbotham headed Lee Martin's free-kick narrowly
wide in the 40th minute.

Ipswich stepped up their pursuit of
an equaliser before the break as Higginbotham headed Cresswell's
free-kick over the crossbar and Carson's stinging drive was well held by
Kirkland.

Barkley and Ipswich striker DJ Campbell traded shots from outside the area after the restart before the visitors struck again.

Basement battle: Both sides remain in the bottom three

Basement battle: Both sides remain in the bottom three

Antonio headed the ball inside from
the left and Barkley stepped inside on the edge of the area and arrowed a
low 20-yard shot into Henderson's bottom right-hand corner.

Hutchings sent on striker Michael
Chopra for Murphy in the 60th minute, but Antonio went close to adding a
third for the visitors with a stinging shot held by Henderson.

The Owls continued to look the more likely to add to the scoreline and the third goal arrived in the 81st minute.

Striker Chris O'Grady played the ball
across the six-yard box and Antonio was left to convert the simplest of
finishes from close range.

Chopra lashed a shot over the
crossbar in the 88th minute for Ipswich, who have taken only two points
from seven home games this season.

Ipswich 1 Cardiff 2: Late Helguson double seals points for Bluebirds

Ipswich 1 Cardiff 2: Late Helguson double seals points for Bluebirds

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19:01 GMT, 6 October 2012

Heidar Helguson's second-half double cancelled out a highly-controversial debut goal by DJ Campbell as Cardiff came from behind against Ipswich to win 2-1 at Portman Road and stay top of the npower Championship.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell opted to leave out striker Michael Chopra, who attracted headlines for all the wrong reasons on Thursday having been one of nine people charged in connection with race-fixing by the British Horseracing Authority.

Heidar Helguson of Cardiff

Leaving it late: Cardiff's Heidar Helguson bagged two second-half goals to seal the points for the Bluebirds

His place in attack went to Campbell,
who had joined on a three-month loan from QPR only yesterday, and the
former Birmingham, Leicester and Blackpool frontman gave the home side a
deserved lead when netting in first-half stoppage-time after the ball
came off his hand amid confusion in the Cardiff defence.

But for all their dominance in the
opening period, the Tractor Boys were not able to record their first
home win of the season as the Championship strugglers conceded two soft
goals from crosses as Helguson netted both, including the winner in the
88th minute.

Cardiff's Mark Hudson wasted a header from a free-kick early on, before the hosts went on to dominate the first half.

Fine link up play on the left
resulted in Aaron Cresswell curling an inviting ball into the area but
Campbell, at full stretch, was unable to steer the ball past on-rushing
Bluebirds goalkeeper David Marshall and saw his effort go wide.

Match facts

Ipswich: Loach, Cresswell, Chambers, Higginbotham, Edwards, Emmanuel-Thomas, Martin, Wellens (Luongo 73), Drury, Campbell (Scotland 59), Murphy (Bilel 90)

Cardiff: Marshall, McNaughton (Turner 90), Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Cowie, Noone (Conway 55), Gunnarsson, Mason (Gestede 64), Helguson

Ref: Ilderton

Att: 16,434

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On 27 minutes, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
sent a powerful, low shot from all of 30 yards that swerved dramatically
towards the bottom right corner and had Marshall at full stretch as he
produced a brilliant finger-tip save.

Daryl Murphy then headed onto the
base of the left-hand post from close range, before the Tractor Boys
made their pressure count.

Lee Martin's dangerous cross from the
left caused a mix up as Marshall and centre-half Matthew Connolly left
the ball to each other and the ball hit the on-rushing Campbell and
rolled into the empty net.

Replays clearly showed the ball hit
the outstretched hand of Campbell and the 30-year-old immediately looked
across at the assistant referee expecting to see a flag, but when it
didn't arrive he ran away to celebrate a first goal as an Ipswich
player.

Campbell received a standing ovation
when he was brought off just before the hour mark to be replaced by
Jason Scotland, but the break in play seemed to work in Cardiff's favour
as they then started coming more into the game and levelled on 63
minutes.

Substitute Craig Conway looked to
have wasted his crossing opportunity on the left as he floated his
delivery too close to Loach, but the Ipswich shot-stopper was unable to
cleanly gather and spilled the ball into the path of Helguson, who had
the easiest of tap-ins.

Both teams enjoyed good spells of
pressure following the goal, but it was Cardiff who started to look the
more likely having taken the sting out of the game with their equaliser.

Andrew Taylor stung the fingers of
Loach with a drilled effort from the left angle of the area, before Rudy
Gestede's header deflected off for a Cardiff corner.

Malky Mackay's side grabbed all the
points when Taylor's high cross into the area from the left caused more
hesitation in the Ipswich defence as Cresswell left the ball thinking
Roach was coming out to claim and Helguson leaped high at the far post
to head home unchallenged with two minutes to go.

Carlisle 0 Tottenham 3: Super Spurs powered by Andros Townsend

Carlisle 0 Tottenham 3: Super solo goal from Townsend fires Spurs into fourth-round

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22:44 GMT, 26 September 2012

There was no champagne in the manager’s fridge, no king prawns or vol-au-vents for Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas to celebrate another important victory.

But he was offered a cheese and ham toastie and a pint of bitter by opposite number Greg Abbott.

It was all part of Abbott’s unique welcome to Brunton Park on a rare night in the limelight for the Carlisle boss and his team of freebies and local youngsters.

Secured: Andros Townsend fires home Tottenham's second goal

Secured: Andros Townsend fires home Tottenham's second goal

Power: Jan Vertonghen opens the scoring for Spurs

Power: Jan Vertonghen opens the scoring for Spurs

MATCH FACTS

Carlisle: Gillespie, Simek, Livesey, Murphy, Chantler, McGovern (Symington 61), Thirlwell (Noble 61), Berrett, Robson, Higginbotham (Beck 60), Cadamarteri.

Subs Not Used: Collin, Madden, Edwards, Potts.

Tottenham: Cudicini, Smith, Dawson, Caulker, Vertonghen (Walker 65), Townsend, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Falque, Dempsey (Obika 75), Mason (Carroll 70).

Subs Not Used: Gomes, Lennon, Defoe, Sandro.

Goals: Vertonghen 37, Townsend 53, Sigurdsson 89.

Att: 12,625

Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).

But the League One outfit could not upset their Premier League visitors.

Jan Vertonghen’s first goal since his
12million move from Ajax, a header from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a
delightful strike from Andros Townsend after he beat five men, gave the
Portuguese manager a comfortable victory. And that well-deserved
toastie.

‘If he wants a glass of white or red
wine he might be struggling,’ said Abbott. ‘But we’ve got bitter in the
fridge and we’ll put the toastie machine on and see what we can rustle
up.

‘He can have what he wants. He and his
team have done things properly and deserved to win. You can’t deny
that. They were excellent.

‘I was really pleased with how we
acquitted ourselves, but the gulf in class showed and once we went
behind to a pretty soft goal it was tough.’

Despite claiming his third successive
win and giving starts to youngsters Iago Falque, Ryan Mason and Adam
Smith, as well as Townsend, it was the man Villas-Boas decided to leave
out that caught the most attention.

France keeper Hugo Lloris, a 12m summer signing from Lyon, was dropped as Carlo Cudicini played instead.

No you don't: Jermaine Defoe's attempt is foiled by Clint Hill

No you don't: Jermaine Defoe's attempt is foiled by Clint Hill

Comfy: Spurs eased to victory against Carlisle

Comfy: Spurs eased to victory against Carlisle

The Spurs boss avoided the question
and sent assistant Steffen Freund out after the game. And he preferred
to concentrate on the victory which earned an away tie at Norwich City.

‘It wasn’t easy in the first half,’
Freund said. ‘Carlisle played very well and it wasn’t easy to create
chances. We are pleased to get through.’

The highlight of the night was
Townsend’s goal. Having given Chris Chantler the run-around all evening,
he went on a 50-yard solo run past the former Manchester City junior
and four other defenders before drilling a low left-foot shot past
Gillespie.

Tussle: Sandro (left) fights with Esteban Granero for the ball

Tussle: Sandro (left) fights with Esteban Granero for the ball

Foot race: Danny Cadamarteri vies for the ball with Steven Caulker

Foot race: Danny Cadamarteri vies for the ball with Steven Caulker

Gillespie, the Football League’s
youngest keeper, had earlier enhanced his growing reputation with fines
saves to deny Clint Dempsey and Falque.

But when Townsend floated a free-kick
into a crowded penalty area eight minutes before half-time, Vertonghen
nudged the ball through the melee and past Gillespie.

Carlisle had few chances to upset the
visitors, with veteran Danny Cadamarteri firing in two efforts at
Cudicini and Kallum Higginbotham wasting two good chances.

Unfamiliar settings: Andre Villas-Boas (right) looks a tad cold

Unfamiliar settings: Andre Villas-Boas (right) looks a tad cold

Long time, no see: Out-of-favour stopper Heurelho Gomes was on the bench

Long time, no see: Out-of-favour stopper Heurelho Gomes was on the bench

Abbott threw on 150-a-week
18-year-olds Mark Beck and David Symington for the last half hour but
the pair, whose goals sank Ipswich Town in the last round were unable to
repeat their heroics, although Cudicini kept out a late Beck header.

After Gillespie had denied Mason his
first Spurs goal from yet another dangerous Townsend cross, the visitors
grabbed a cruel third two minutes from time when Sigurdsson headed in
Falque’s cross.

Hustle: Peter Murphy (left) challenges Tom Huddlestone

Hustle: Peter Murphy (left) challenges Tom Huddlestone

Scrap: Caulker fights off Cadamarteri

Scrap: Caulker fights off Cadamarteri

Ipswich 1 Charlton 2: Ricardo Fuller heaps pressure on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 1 Charlton 2: Latics end losing streak as Fuller strike heaps pressure on Jewell

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16:56 GMT, 22 September 2012

Charlton ended a three-match losing streak to pile the misery on fellow npower Championship strugglers Ipswich and increase the mounting pressure on Town boss Paul Jewell.

Two quickfire goals at the start of the second half from captain Johnnie Jackson and Ricardo Fuller did the damage as the Addicks picked up their first win in five and their first away from home this season.

Jason Scotland reduced the arrears when his long-range effort deflected off the unfortunate Michael Morrison, but the hosts could not fashion a leveller in the remaining half-hour and were greeted with a chorus of boos by the Portman Road faithful at the final whistle.

Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller (2nd left) celebrates his goal against Ipswich Town with team mates.

Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller (2nd left) celebrates his goal against Ipswich Town with team mates.

Match facts

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith (Higginbotham 90), Cresswell, Martin, Luongo, Drury, Emmanuel-Thomas (Ellington 46), Murphy (Carson 80), Scotland.

Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, N'Daw, Hyam, Ainsley.

Booked: Emmanuel-Thomas, Martin.

Goals: Scotland 57.

Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Morrison, Cort, Solly, Green, Stephens, Jackson, Kerkar (Pritchard 82), Fuller (Haynes 90), Wright-Phillips (Dervite 90).

Subs not used: Button, Evina, Wagstaff, Hollands.

Goals: Jackson 48, Fuller 50.

Att: 16,587.

Ref: Martin Atkinson.

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It was a clash between two sides
whose struggles in the Championship were very much mirrored going into
the encounter, however the greater pressure was certainly on
second-bottom Town, who also had one win to their name but found
themselves in their lowest league position for three seasons.

And that makes this latest setback
all the more painful for the Suffolk club, now winless in five and still
to triumph at home, and puts Jewell in a precarious position.

Jewell's threadbare squad was
stretched even further by the damaging loss of strike partners Paul
Taylor and Michael Chopra to injury, with new loan signing Danny
Higginbotham on the bench.

Charlton boss Chris Powell,
meanwhile, also lost the services of Yann Kermorgant and duly handed a
first start to former Stoke frontman Fuller.

Despite the absence of Taylor and
Chopra, Town looked lively in attack early on with Daryl Murphy and
Jason Scotland both enjoying opportunities.

Salim Kerkar, recalled by Powell,
came within inches of connecting from close range at the other end as
both sides enjoyed half chances.

Pressure: Jewell's side have lost three on the trot

Pressure: Jewell's side have lost three on the trot

Charlton restored the balance of play
following Town's early dominance, Dale Stephens' speculative long-range
effort forcing a solid parried save from Scott Loach.

Yet clear-cut chances were severely
lacking and the excitement of the opening quarter had long disappeared
by the time referee Martin Atkinson brought the first half to a close.

Jewell turned to Nathan Ellington at the break, handing the marksman his first appearance since January.

But the second half started in disastrous fashion for the hosts.

A teasing ball from the right evaded
Bradley Wright-Phillips but was recycled on the left and sent back in to
the Ipswich area to be finished by Jackson.

Matters soon went from bad to worse
as Massimo Luongo lost the ball, sparking a Charlton counter which
resulted in Fuller drilling the ball home from the right side of the
penalty area.

However, Scotland reduced the arrears
in fortuitous fashion in the 57th minute when his tame effort from
distance took a huge deflection off Morrison to wrong foot Ben Hamer.

Yet despite plenty of endeavour,
mixed with little quality, the home side were unable to force a
leveller, with Ellington blazing over late on, much to the disapproval
of the vocal home support.

Australia 27 Wales 19: Wallabies bounce back

Australia 27 Wales 19: Wallabies bounce back from Scotland defeat as Dragons' wait goes on

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21:14 GMT, 9 June 2012

Will Genia proved he is the ‘Wizard of Oz’ as he conjured up a try that left Welsh rugby on its backside in the first of three Tests this month.

Clincher: Pat McCabe's try put Australia out of reach

Clincher: Pat McCabe's try put Australia out of reach

MATCH FACTS

Australia: Ashley-Cooper, Vuna, Horne, McCabe, Ioane, Barnes, Genia, Robinson, Polota-Nau, Kepu, Simmons, Sharpe, Higginbotham, Pocock, Palu.

Replacements: Moore, Alexander, Dennis, Hooper, White, A. Faingaa, Harris.

Tries: Higginbotham, Genia, McCabe
Conversions: Barnes (3)
Penalty: Barnes
Drop goal: Barnes

Wales: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, J. Davies, S. Williams, North, Priestland, Phillips, Jenkins, Owens, A. Jones, B. Davies, Charteris, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau.

Replacements: Rees, James, A. Jones, R. Jones, L. Williams, Hook, Beck.

Tries: Cuthbert
Conversions: Halfpenny
Penalties: Halfpenny (4)

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa).

The little Queensland Reds genius
provided the winning spark in the battle between the reigning champions
of the southern and northern hemispheres.

Wales had done well to hang on in the
first half as the Wallabies started at a million miles an hour after
their ignominious defeat by Scotland five days earlier.

The hosts raced into a 10-point lead after a first Test try for Scott
Higginbotham, and had the Grand Slam champions on the ropes. The first
of Leigh Halfpenny’s four penalties made it 10-3 at the break, but Wales
were far from convincing and lost main strikeforce George North with a
dead leg.

Genia denied Wales a solid start to the second half when, with two
minutes gone, he broke from the base of another quick ruck and ran
strongly through the gap. He found James Hook ahead of him but a feint
to the left and sidestep back to the right left Hook flat on his
backside while he headed to the posts for a critical score.

Half-back partner Berrick Barnes added the conversion, then a drop-goal,
and Wales were down and out at 20-6 after six wins in a row this year.

Stunning effort: Will Genia goes over the lone after a magnificent solo effort, sparking vibrant celebrations from the hosts (below)

Stunning effort: Will Genia goes over the lone after a magnificent solo effort, sparking vibrant celebrations from the hosts (below)

Celebration: Will Genia

However, instead of folding, they carried on taking the game to the
Wallabies and worked Alex Cuthbert over for a try. Ashley Beck, the new
cap off the bench, received his first pass in Test rugby, drew two
tacklers and popped the ball up for Cuthbert to score.

Opening score: Scott Higginbotham goes over

Opening score: Scott Higginbotham goes over

When Halfpenny landed his fourth penalty in the 62nd minute there was only a point in the match.
They could have gone ahead, but a poor pass and poor hands meant the chance went begging as Rhys Priestland dropped the ball.

Offload: Halfpenny gets a pass away as Berrick Barnes awaits

Offload: Halfpenny gets a pass away as Berrick Barnes awaits

A third Aussie try from Pat McCabe made the game safe 13 minutes from time.

Wales skipper Sam Warburton said: ‘It is not the start we wanted, but we
will get back together and believe we can bounce back next week. We
just need to iron out a few creases.

Fast hands: Genia gets quick ball away from an Australian scrum

Fast hands: Genia gets quick ball away from an Australian scrum

‘We know we can play better. We gave ourselves a lot to do after that first-half performance. The start is what killed us.’

Sam Warburton has plan for David Pocock

Wales captain Warburton has chilling plan for Wallabies' Pocock

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David Pocock needed treatment for hypothermia after losing to Scotland in that ferocious storm on Tuesday. Sam Warburton must now find a way to keep the Australia captain out in the cold.

The battle of the breakdown in the opening Test between Wales and the Wallabies should be worth the plane ticket alone.

It should also provide the compelling sub-plot of the three-match series – two of the finest openside flankers in the world, who each captain their country, with a big point to prove.

Man with a plan: Warburton is hoping to build on Six Nations success

Man with a plan: Warburton is hoping to build on Six Nations success

Australia v Wales teams

AUSTRALIA: Ashley-Cooper; Vunu,
Horne, McCabe, Ioane; Barnes,
Genia; Robinson, Polota-Nau, Kepu, Simmons, Sharpe, Higginbotham, Palu, Pocock (capt).

WALES: Halfpenny; Cuthbert,
J Davies, S Williams, North,
Priestland, Phillips; Jenkins, Owens,
A Jones , B Davies, Charteris,
Lydiate, Faletau, Warburton (capt).

Pocock has inherited the armband from lock James Horwill, who is just one of Australia's key talents recuperating in the infirmary.

Pocock has also inherited a team short of confidence after Scotland's surprise 9-6 victory. Warburton is playing his first match since nerve damage forced him to retire at half-time in Wales's Six Nations Grand Slam decider.

Since that grudge match against France 12 weeks ago he has been training with jellied padding strapped to his shoulder. It appears to have done nothing to dent his determination to get one over his opponent.

'I always look forward to the personal battle I have with a seven,' he said.

Out in the cold: Pocock's side suffered a humiliating defeat to Scotland

Out in the cold: Pocock's side suffered a humiliating defeat to Scotland

'This will be my fourth outing against Pocock now. He's played very well over the last few years and deserves all the accolades he's been getting.

'There are a couple of guys who are similarly small and squat, but I think he's definitely the most efficient one when it comes to the breakdown area.

'I try to cover all the bases but I admire the style the sevens play down south.'

Under-pressure Australia coach Robbie Deans has made eight changes to the side who lost to Scotland, with five newcomers in the pack and three more behind the scrum.

Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0 (aet, 8-7 pens): Terriers reach Championship

Huddersfield Town 0 Sheffield United 0 (aet, 8-7 pens): Terriers reach Championship

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Huddersfield Town reached the npower Championship after winning a dramatic sudden-death penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United.

After a goalless 90 minutes and half an hour's extra time proved fruitless, it seemed that the penalty shoot-out would go the same way as the first three penalties were missed.

But after the allotted five penalties the score was 2-2. Then the scoring really started.

Huddersfield netted their next penalties in sudden death but after United responded with five of their own, it was left to keeper Simonsen, who had played superby, to level things up.

However, he blazed his kick over the bar to leave Simon Grayson's side in the Championship, while the Blades face the likes of Crawley Town in League One.

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Yorkshire pride: Kallum Higginbotham is challenged by Sheffield's Matt Lowton

Yorkshire pride: Kallum Higginbotham is challenged by Sheffield's Matt Lowton

Match facts

Sheffield United: Simonsen, Lowton, Maguire, Collins, Hill, Williamson, Montgomery (Taylor 120+1), Doyle, Flynn (O'Halloran 108), Quinn, Cresswell (Porter 85). Unused subs: Howard, McAllister.

Booked: Maguire

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Morrison, Peter Clarke, Woods, Higginbotham (Roberts 79), Johnson, Miller, Ward (Lee 99), Novak (Arfield 116), Rhodes. Unused subs: Colgan, Tom Clarke.

Booked: Higginbotham, Johnson

Referee: Roger East

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Slow motion: The heat was a factor at Wembley, but Ryan Flynn got the better of United's Matt Lowton on this occasion

Slow motion: The heat was a factor at Wembley, but Ryan Flynn got the better of United's Matt Lowton on this occasion

Penalty shoot-out

H: Miller's penalty is saved

S: Williamson's penalty is saved 0-0

H Johnson blazes wide 0-0

S: GOAL: Collins slots home 0-1

H: Lee's effort is saved again 0-1

S: Lowton's effort is brilliantly saved 0-1

H: GOAL: Clarke's penalty levels it up 1-1

S: Taylor strikes the post 1-1

H: GOAL: Arfield drives home 2-1

S: GOAL: Porter levels it 2-2

SUDDEN DEATH

H: GOAL: Rhodes scores 3-2

S: GOAL: Quinn scores 3-3

H: GOAL: Roberts nets 4-3

S: GOAL: Maguire buries it 4-4

H: GOAL: Miller nets 5-4

S: GOAL: Doyle levels 5-5

H: GOAL: Hunt buries it 6-5

S: GOAL: O'Halloran nets 6-6

H: GOAL: Morrison keeps it going 7-6

S: GOAL: Williamson levels again 7-7

H: GOAL: Smithies fires home 8-7

S: OOPS: Simonsen fires over 8-7

Huddersfield win 8-7 on penalties

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Rising star: Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes (left) heads goalward

Rising star: Huddersfield Town's Jordan Rhodes (left) heads goalward

Skill: Kallum Higginbotham controls under pressure from United's Lowton

Skill: Kallum Higginbotham controls under pressure from United's Lowton

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Going close: Town's Daniel Ward (left) fires in a shot

Going close: Town's Daniel Ward (left) fires in a shot

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Honours even: Lee Novak (left) thwarts United's Harry Maguire

Honours even: Lee Novak (left) thwarts United's Harry Maguire

The heat is on: Sheffield United fans were in full voice at a sun-kissed Wembley

The heat is on: Sheffield United fans were in full voice at a sun-kissed Wembley

Happy fan: We think he's a smurf, but we could be wrong...

Happy fan: We think he's a smurf, but we could be wrong…

Happy to be hair: Sheffield United fans enjoy their day in the capital

Happy to be hair: Sheffield United fans enjoy their day in the capital

Yorkshire comes to London: Huddersfield and Sheffield United head way up Wembley Way

Yorkshire comes to London: Huddersfield and Sheffield United head way up Wembley Way