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Luton Town (0) 0 - 2 (1) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2006-07

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Referee: AP DUrso

Manager: Brian Stein

Kenilworth Road 15:00

Attendance: 8,880

Manager: Jim Magilton

Match Number: 3202

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 Alan Lee (39)
 Matt Richards (62)

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EmanuelCoyne (45)
IdrizajFeeney (45)
FoleyRunstrom (79)

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 Robinson (47)
 Barnett (58)
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Keane

Carlisle

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Talbot

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Runstrom

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Match Report

Fans fume in Newell's wake

Acrimony and fury, disillusionment and misery: after a sixth successive defeat, the mood at Luton was poisonous, and the sacking of their manager Mike Newell has made matters worse. The chairman, Bill Tomlins, left several minutes before the end of the game, and police had to intervene as fans gathered in front of the directors' box to make their discontent known.

Luton's captain Steve Robinson was involved in an altercation as he left the pitch. He ripped off his armband and pursued a fan who had barracked him, but sought to play down the incident. "He's entitled to have his say," Robinson said. "I just asked what he'd said. I'm passionate. I want to win; he wants to win. But we're all in this together."

That may be the ideal, but as abuse was hurled at the board, it certainly didn't feel that way. "Where's the money gone?" protestors chanted, picking up Newell's parting shot that none of the £9million raised by the sale of Carlos Edwards, Rowan Vine, Kevin Nicholls and Steve Howard this season, and Curtis Davies last, has been reinvested. They may get a clearer idea tomorrow, with Tomlins promising in his programme notes that "summary details of the football business" will be revealed on the club website. "At no time," he added, "have the board ever instructed the club's manager to sell a player. Equally, we have never refused the manager when it comes to buying players."

It is a measure of Luton's predicament that they were outplayed by a side who had won just two of its last nine games. Alan Lee put Ipswich ahead six minutes before the break, nodding in after Owen Garvan's overhead had hit the bar, and the substitute Matt Richards added a second just after the hour, from Jon Walters' neat flick.It is a measure of Luton's predicament that they were outplayed by a side who had won just two of its last nine games. Alan Lee put Ipswich ahead six minutes before the break, nodding in after Owen Garvan's overhead had hit the bar, and the substitute Matt Richards added a second just after the hour, from Jon Walters' neat flick.

Jonathan Wilson (Independent)

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