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Ipswich Town (0) 0 - 1 (1) Southampton

FA Cup 3rd Round Replay 2014-15

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Referee: Graham Scott

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 19:55

Attendance: 27,933

Manager: Ronald Koeman

Match Number: 3586


 Shane Long (19)


Victor WanyamaSteven Davis (46)
Dusan TadicGraziano Pelle (66)





Fraser Forster

Florin Gardos

Jose Fonte

Ryan Bertrand

Nathaniel Clyne

James Ward-Prowse

Victor Wanyama

Harrison Reed

Matt Targett

Shane Long

Dusan Tadic



Kelvin Davis

Steven Davis

Jack Cork

Graziano Pelle

Lloyd Isgrove

Jason McCarthy

Jake Hesketh

Match Report

Brilliant Shane Long strike secures fourth round spot

This third-round replay was graced by a marvellous goal from Shane Long but little else. It was a 'damp squib' in the accurate appraisal of the vanquished manager, Mick McCarthy, and the only rocket came from Long, an unstoppable finish that set up a fourth-round game at home to Crystal Palace.

Southampton were always in control, barring some moments in the second half when Tyrone Mings glided off the bench and began running at Nathaniel Clyne, providing another reminder of why so many clubs are looking at the tall, adventurous Ipswich left-back.

But Ipswich lacked a cutting edge, partly because their prolific forward, Daryl Murphy, struggled to elude the outstanding Jose Fonte. The Ipswich fans generated a great atmosphere, but their team slumped into silence, subdued by Fonte and unable to recover from Long's majestic f strike.

So the Saints keep marching on, heading into the fourth round of the FA Cup after rising to third in the Premier League three days earlier, and their progress is all the more remarkable because of the injuries they have suffered.

A hugely experienced football man, Ronald Koeman has a capacity for taking setbacks in his stride, but even he looked vexed when Victor Wanyama limped off just before the break after damaging his hamstring. Having already lost Morgan Schneiderlin after Sunday's victory over Manchester United, Koeman has been deprived of the lead stokers in his engine room.

Steven Davis replaced Wanyama at the break while Jack Cork is fit again but, as ever with Southampton, there always seems a young player eager to take his chance. Harrison Reed started in deep midfield, showing tactical discipline and smooth distribution. Yet Koeman's options are reducing as the treatment room fills up.

'The injuries are a big negative because we already have injuries,' the manager said. 'I spoke with Victor and Davis before the match and we said they would play 45 minutes each - if only Victor could hold on for 12 more seconds. Victor has a hamstring injury, so he will be out for four or five weeks. Morgan has damaged his adductor in his right leg and is out for three to four weeks.

'The problem we have is in our numbers. We have good youngsters but we don't want to put too much on them. We can handle it at the moment, but one or two more injuries we might have to look at it. I'll talk to the club.' He needs another defender, especially with Toby Alderweireld injuring his hamstring at Old Trafford.

He urgently needs Fonte to stay fit. The captain oversaw another clean sheet, following on from his expert display in the 1-0 win against Manchester United. 'They don't give away goals,' McCarthy said, part ruefully as beaten manager and part admiringly as former redoubtable defender.

'They've only given away 15 in the Premier League - against better sides than us. I thought the game was a damp squib. We wanted it to be a rip-roaring cup tie. But they made sure it wasn't. They are a damned good side. I watched them beat Arsenal and Manchester United, there's no great shame on us.'

Long has taken a while to make his mark since his GBP12Million move from Hull City last summer, partly through the excellence of Graziano Pelle, but the Irishman showed his quality with a devastating finish on Wednesday night after 19 minutes.

Clyne, playing at right wing-back, began the move, playing the ball in to Dusan Tadic. The Serbian neatly laid it off to James Ward-Prowse, who charged through the middle before Luke Chambers slid across to intervene. The ball merely carried on to Long, who met it fiercely first time. Bartosz Bialkowski hardly had time even to flinch, such was the speed and accuracy of Long's shot, flying in at the near post.

The goal was early reward on a cold night for the 1,000 Southampton fans who had made the traffic-clogged journey to Suffolk during a week that is turning into a 1,450-mile odyssey, taking in trips to Old Trafford last Sunday, Portman Road on Wednesda night and then on to St James' Park on Saturday.

Long's goal could have taken the edge off the game, but the Ipswich fans ensured the decibel level remained high, keeping up their backing for McCarthy's team, barring brief bouts of questions launched at the referee, Graham Scott, who missed a couple of handballs. They chanted in homage of a former manager - 'there's only one Bobby Robson' - and also inquired about Norwich City's health.

They sang in praise of Murphy, who needed some swift repair work on a cut to the forehead and a new shirt, which had no name or number. Southampton certainly knew who he was. Murphy's determination lifted spirits. David McGoldrick continued to move around intelligently, -occasionally drifting left, passing and moving, stretching his old team but lacking confidence near goal. 'Something will change for him because he's such a good player, he's still putting a shift in, and playing well, just not getting the goals he deserves,' McCarthy said.

There had been talk of this tie as a distraction for McCarthy's side as they focus their energies on securing promotion to the Premier League. Their players gave everything. Mings came on and immediately showed his -considerable potential, whipping in a cross that Darren Ambrose headed at Fraser Forster.

With the tall, adventurous Mings proving a promising outlet down the left, Ipswich never gave up. McGoldrick was taken off and received warm appreciation for his shift. He looked to have had a slight knock and McCarthy was not taking any chances, not with Championship points to play for at the weekend on the trip to Millwall. 'I didn't want to risk David McGoldrick making it worse,' the Ipswich manager said.

Balint Bajner charged on but Southampton's defence continued to remain untroubled. When Murphy bulldozed his way through from the left, Fonte was well positioned to head clear. The life was slowly being squeezed out of Ipswich.

Mings tried in vain to get them back into the game. Their fans tried to rally them, but frustration began to spread and many focused on taunting Forster, who spent a season at Norwich. Ipswich fans particularly enjoyed it when Mings left his foot in on Forster.

The tie faded away, leaving Ipswich to think about the league, and Southampton to think of ensuring this fine season is not derailed by injuries.

Hentry Winter (Daily Telegraph)

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