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Ipswich Town (1) 2 - 1 (1) Sheffield Wednesday

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Referee: James Linington

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 20,081 (Away 1700)

Manager: Carlos Carvalhal

Match Number: 3612

Goals

Home
 Freddie Sears (21)
 Tommy Smith (53)
Away
 Ross Wallace (18)

Substitutions

Away
Keiren WestwoodJoe Wildsmith (58)
Sam HutchinsonAtdhe Nuhiu (61)
Lewis McGuganKieran Lee (78)

Cards

Home
 Jonathan Douglas (3)
 Ryan Fraser (69)
Away
 Sam Hutchinson (49)
 Alex Lopez (69)

Teams

Away

Keiren Westwood

Jack Hunt

Tom Lees

Glenn Loovens

Jeremy Helan

Alex Lopez

Sam Hutchinson

Ross Wallace

Lewis McGugan

Silva Matias

Santos Joao

Substitutes

Away

Joe Wildsmith

Liam Palmer

Jose Semedo

Atdhe Nuhiu

Kieran Lee

Vincent Sasso

Modou Sougou

Match Report

Ipswich 2 Sheff Wed 1

Ipswich registered their first league win of the season with a narrow victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

After an exciting opening, Ross Wallace finished well to put the Owls ahead, only for Freddie Sears to equalise less than two minutes later with a fine shot from a difficult angle.

The hosts took the lead after the break when Tommy Smith forced the ball home after a Ryan Fraser centre.

Wednesday pushed for an equaliser but Town managed to see the game out.

The Owls, who had won both of their first two matches, started brightly and almost took the lead inside five minutes when Marco Matias saw a shot come back off the post.

The hosts responded well and last season's top scorer Daryl Murphy had a header cleared off the line after a corner before the Owls opened the scoring against the run of play in the 19th minute.

Wallace thumped home after a quick counter-attack ended with a Matias cutback breaking into his path.

The lead was short-lived as Sears latched on to a through ball and finished expertly from a tight angle.

The hosts dominated much of the play for the rest of the half but had to wait until the 53rd minute to take the lead, Smith bundling home after Owls keeper Keiren Westwood failed to deal with a Fraser cross.

It remained that way as Ipswich, who conceded two goals in stoppage time last week to draw 2-2 at Brentford, were indebted to keeper Bartosz Bialkowski for a fine late save from Lucas Joao.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "Near the end I'm sure my heart was going a little faster than it should, but we were bound to be a little nervy.

"I think it was a good performance. We had to come from behind to beat a very good team, which means we showed all the attributes you need to be a success in this league.

"There were were some great performances and I thought Freddie Sears was outstanding."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal: "I am unhappy about the result but I am proud of my players, who fought for the whole 96 minutes, and also our fans, who supported the team during and after the match.

"We knew this would be one of the hardest matches in the Championship but in some parts we controlled the game and we put Ipswich under pressure in the last 15 minutes.

"But my players are learning and if this was played in three months time it would be a different test."

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