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Ipswich Town (3) 4 - 1 (0) Coventry City

Coca-Cola Championship 2007-08

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 17:20

Attendance: 18840

Manager: Iain Dowie

Match Number: 3216

Goals

Home
 Jason DeVos (10)
 Pablo Counago (24)
 Jon Walters (40)
 Pablo Counago (57)
Away
 Hughes (69)

Substitutions

Away
AdebolaMifsud (56)
TabbThornton (78)
CairoSimpson (83)

Cards

Home
 Owen Garvan (34)
Away
 Best (48)
 Cairo (72)

Teams

Away

Konstantopoulos

Borrowdale

DeZeeuw

Hall

Osbourne

Tabb

Hughes

Doyle

Cairo

Best

Adebola

Substitutes

Away

Marshall

Ward

Mifsud

Simpson

Thornton

Match Report

Ipswich 4 Coventry 1

Jim Magilton earned the bragging rights over his close friend Iain Dowie as Ipswich ran riot at Portman Road.

Magilton and Dowie have remained good friends after their playing days together for Northern Ireland but goals from Jonathan Walters, Jason De Vos and a double from Pablo Counago made this a one-sided affair.

The deadlock was broken after nine minutes when Town defender De Vos rose to head in an Owen Garvan free-kick.

The big centre-half climbed above Sky Blues captain Arjan De Zeeuw at the far post to head in from three yards out.

However, the goal came somewhat against the run of play with Coventry, and Dele Adebola in particular, showing the early impetus.

Leon Best should have done better in the 14th minute with a header that failed to trouble Ipswich goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

In-form striker Alan Lee almost doubled the home side's lead in the 18th minute but his volley was comfortably saved by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Town fans did not have to wait long for a second though, in fact there was just 24 minutes on the clock when Counago put the home side 2-0 up.

The Spaniard showed excellent composure to beat two City defenders before sliding past Konstantopoulos.

Coventry seemed to be riding their luck going into half-time when Stephen Hughes blocked a goalbound Dan Harding shot on the line.

The miss only spurred Town on and they did make it three a minute later, Walters finding himself unmarked inside the box to head in Gary Roberts' cross.

Dowie decided against making any changes at half-time as his side attempted to reduce the home sides commanding lead.

And they seemed intent on paying back their manager's confidence as they came out after the break revitalised.

A minute after the restart they could have been right back into the match if referee Trevor Kettle had deemed Alex Bruce's challenge on Adebola a penalty.

The City striker appeared to be tripped as Bruce scrambled back to try to atone for an error, but Kettle was unmoved.

The home side then rubbed salt into the wound 10 minutes later by scoring a fourth and putting the match out of Coventry's reach.

The Sky Blues defence again looked at sea as a cross from Garvan caused panic and Counago headed into an empty net after Konstantopoulos had saved from Lee.

This was the 28-year-old's fifth goal in four games against Coventry and his third of the season.

Stephen Hughes scored a consolation for the city with a superb free-kick in the 69th minute, but it wasn't enough as City were condemned to their first away defeat of the season.

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