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Ipswich Town (0) 0 - 3 (1) Watford

NPower Championship 2010-11

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Referee: G Hegley

Manager: Paul Jewell

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 17,789

Manager: Malky Mackay

Match Number: 3403


 Troy Deeney (3)
 Danny Graham (61)
 Don Cowie (90)


Will BuckleyMatt Whichelow (52)
Troy DeeneyMarvin Sordell (66)
Danny GrahamAndreas Weimann (81)


 John Eustace (14)
 Adam Thompson (45)



Scott Loach

Martin Taylor

Adrian Mariappa

Lloyd Doyley

Adam Thompson

John Eustace

Don Cowie

Will Buckley

Ross Jenkins

Troy Deeney

Danny Graham



Rene Gilmartin

Dale Bennett

Piero Mingoia

Matt Whichelow

Connor Smith

Marvin Sordell

Andreas Weimann

Match Report

Ipswich Town 0 Watford 3

In this most unpredictable of Championship campaigns it is not beyond the realms of the imagination that a team with one of the lowest budgets could take their place in next season's top flight after moving to within four points of the play-offs.

With Danny Graham in full flight, the striker scoring two more to take his tally for the season to 25, Watford have nine games in which to fulfil their dream of a third spell at the top table.

Watford can understandably see Premier League football on the horizon, if only through rose-tinted glasses, but they gave their chances a head start with a goal after just three minutes.

There was immediate confusion over the identity of the scorer, however. Don Cowie’s cross from the right flank was met by the head of striker Danny Graham, with Grant Leadbitter attempting to clear off the line.

The ball appeared to cross the line before Leadbitter’s intervention with referee Grant Hegley pointing to the centre circle as Troy Deeney made certain with the rebound from close range. It was later confirmed that Graham was credited with the goal, his 24th of the season and fifth in five games.

That was to be Hegley’s last involvement; soon afterwards he pulled up with an apparent knee injury, prompting the Ipswich fans to sing, in chorus, “You’re not fit to referee.” Never has a song been so apt.

Hegley was replaced by fourth official David Rock and Ipswich set about restoring parity and, when Watford goalkeeper Scott Loach was forced to clear from outside his area Connor Wickham, aiming at an empty target from 40 yards, was only inches from a remarkable goal.

Ipswich were missing captain David Norris but with Jimmy Bullard back from a hamstring problem, they began to boss the midfield.

Indeed, Bullard struck the upper-side of the Watford cross-bard from 30 yards with a trademark free-kick after 12 minutes and then a header, from Gareth McAuley bounced off the right post as the home side dominated without reward for their endeavours.

Watford, though, were threatening on the counter-attack and should have added a second in the 32nd minute when Graham turned provider for Will Buckley but his first touch let him down and his second sent the ball into the side netting.

Shortly before the break, another chance was squandered by Watford. Adam Thompson’s cross was met by the head of Ross Jenkins but again the ball rolled just wide.

Ipswich, beaten in their previous two home Championship games, came under threat soon after the re-start when Thompson shot over from an acute angle.

Both teams made early changes but it was the arrival of Kieron Dyer that received the greater response.

Dyer, on loan from West Ham, was making his first appearance in an Ipswich shirt at Portman Road since May 1999 when he scored twice in a 4-3 win over Bolton in the play-offs before moving to Newcastle for £6.5 million.

But Graham continued his impressive scoring return when he added second goal in the 61st minute. Ipswich were unhappy claiming that, in the build up, Jenkins fouled Bullard.

Play continued, Eustace fed Graham and the striker converted with an outstanding finish from 12 yards.

In added time Don Cowie completed a one-sided victory from 18 yards.

John Ley (The Telegraph)

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