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Ipswich Town (0) 2 - 0 (0) Reading

Sky Bet Championship 2013-14

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Referee: Andy Madley

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 15,323

Manager: Nigel Adkins

Match Number: 3539

Goals

Home
 Daryl Murphy (62)
 Paul Anderson (90)
Away
 

Substitutions

Away
Garath McClearyNick Blackman (70)

Cards

Home
 Stephen Hunt (53)
 Paul Anderson (93)
Away
 Alex Pearce (49)

Teams

Away

Alex McCarthy

Chris Gunter

Jordan Obita

Daniel Williams

Alex Pearce

Kaspars Gorkss

Garath McCleary

Hope Akpan

Adam LeFondre

Pavel Pogrebnyak

Jobi McAnuff

Substitutes

Away

Adam Federici

Stephen Kelly

Roysten Drenthe

Nick Blackman

Shaun Cummings

Jake Taylor

Michael Hector

Match Report

Stephen Hunt the star of the show

STEPHEN HUNT earned a standing ovation after inspiring this win for play-off hopefuls Ipswich against his former club.

The veteran Republic of Ireland international was snapped up by manager Mick McCarthy on a free earlier this season after being released by Wolves. And he capped an all-action display by superbly setting up Daryl Murphy's 62nd-minute opener as Ipswich ended their run of three successive defeats to breathe new life into their top-six ambitions. Hunt drove forward from midfield before finding Murphy with a fine ball and the striker smashed his eighth goal of the season past former Ipswich loanee Alex McCarthy.

And substitute Paul Anderson wrapped it up with a solo second goal in stoppage time after a rampaging run down the right. Ipswich boss McCarthy said: "Hunty was really up for it but he has been bouncing around like that all week as we were playing Reading.

"He is bonkers but he gives you something different and he's great to have around the place. He's lovely."

Hunt actually should have fired his side in front after ten minutes.

Luke Chambers thumped in a deep cross to the far post and Murphy headed the ball back across the box. But with the goal gaping, Hunt saw his fiercely struck six- yard volley blocked by the desperate diving body of Alex Pearce.

The Royals, who thumped seven past Bolton in their last game, were then denied a 16th-minute breakthrough by referee Andrew Madley when Jobi McAnuff danced into the box, only to be brought crashing to the ground by on- loan Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe. Mr Madley simply waved play on.

To their credit, the Royals refused to be rattled and they cranked up the pressure before the break,

Pavel Pogrebnyak found space to shoot when Garath McCleary's low cross caused chaos but three defenders and keeper Dean Gerken bravely threw their bodies into the breach to block. Danny Williams then forced the save of the game from Gerken with a blistering 30-yarder that the keeper fingertipped wide at full stretch.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins said: "It should have been a penalty but the referee has not given it. It was the turning point in the game and I think everybody thought it was a penalty except the referee."

Peter Layton (Daily Star)

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