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Ipswich Town (0) 4 - 2 (0) Barnsley

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Referee: K Stroud

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 17,370 (Away 1117)

Manager: Paul Heckingbottom

Match Number: 3661

Goals

Home
 Grant Ward (46)
 Grant Ward (61)
 David McGoldrick (63)
 Grant Ward (84)
Away
 Conor Hourihane (49)
 Marley Watkins (74)

Substitutions

Away
Sam WinnallMarley Watkins (4)
Ryan KentStefan Payne (73)
Tom BradshawGeorge Moncur (73)

Cards

Home
 Kevin Bru (37)
 Teddy Bishop (20)
Away
 Ryan Kent (42)
 Conor Hourihane (58)
 Marley Watkins (27)

Teams

Away

Adam Davies

Andy Yiadom

Marc Roberts

Alfie Mawson

Aidan White

Ryan Kent

Josh Scowen

Conor Hourihane

Adam Hammill

Tom Bradshaw

Sam Winnall

Substitutes

Away

Nick Townsend

James Bree

George Moncur

Elliott Lee

Lewin Nyatanga

Marley Watkins

Stefan Payne

Match Report

Ipswich Town 4 Barnsley 2

Debutant Grant Ward scored a hat-trick as Ipswich edged a thrilling second half to ensure Barnsley's Championship return ended in defeat.

Half-time substitute Ward struck with a low drive 30 seconds after coming on, a goal cancelled out by Conor Hourihane.

Ward soon smashed in his second and David McGoldrick converted a penalty to put Ipswich in control.

Marley Watkins' header gave Barnsley hope before Ward added his third with a late low drive.

Midfielder Ward, a summer signing from Tottenham, was introduced at the break by manager Mick McCarthy following a first half in which Barnsley created the better chances, Adam Hammill going close from 30 yards and Bartosz Białkowski saving superbly from Tom Bradshaw.

And he completely transformed the match, his three goals in 38 second-half minutes making him an instant Portman Road favourite.

His team's other goal, McGoldrick's penalty, came after Andy Yiadom fouled Daryl Murphy.

There were signs of encouragement for Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom, who led his side to promotion as caretaker manager last season but was taking charge of his first game since being given the job on a permanent basis.

But despite Barnsley twice fighting back to put themselves in contention, it was Ipswich who put the disappointment of last season's seventh-placed finish behind them to start the new season in positive fashion.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"After last season, I wanted my midfielders to score more and I thought Grant Ward had a goal in him - I didn't know he had three in 45 minutes.

"They were three great strikes and we are all delighted for Grant. He has impressed everyone since he arrived.

"We have brought in fresh blood and hopefully the crowd feel entertained - though at the end of the first half, they might have thought about leaving."

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom:

"You have seen the difference there. There were lots of positives we can take from the game when we review it, but they have had six shots and scored four times.

"The message in the dressing room is that we have to learn from that, both in terms of the goals we conceded and the clinical nature of Ipswich.

"The goals we conceded were disappointing, we were slow to get out and stop shots, and we wouldn't normally concede like that. I can guarantee we won't as the season goes on.

"The players know they can cope at this level and that they belong here, while we had more than 1,000 fans who were fantastic. They know they have a team who give everything."

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