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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 0 (0) Portsmouth

NPower Championship 2011-12

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Referee: Gavin Ward

Manager: Paul Jewell

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 17,297

Manager: Stuart Gray

Match Number: 3425


 Keith Andrews (69)


Dave KitsonErik Huseklepp (73)
Ricardo RochaNwankwo Kanu (75)
Liam LawrenceAaron Mokoena (87)


 Lee Bowyer (81)



Stephen Henderson

Joel Ward

Ricardo Rocha

Jason Pearce

Greg Halford

Tal Ben-Haim

Liam Lawrence

Hayden Mullins

David Norris

Luke Varney

Dave Kitson



Jamie Ashdown

Aaron Mokoena

Erik Huseklepp

Bjorn HelgeRiise

Nwankwo Kanu

Match Report

Portsmouth rue missed chances as Keith Andrews earns Ipswich victory

Ipswich Town continued their good run after surviving a scare against Portsmouth at Portman Road. The game was won by Keith Andrews's close-range finish with 21 minutes remaining, but the home side had been outplayed before the goal with Portsmouth, without a manager following the departure of Steve Cotterill to Nottingham Forest, wasting a string of chances.

The Ipswich goalkeeper David Stockdale was their stand-out performer as he denied Luke Varney and David Kitson while Liam Lawrence and Dave Norris, a former Town player, also missed good opportunities. But Andrews's strike, his fifth of the season, proved decisive and Paul Jewell's men held on to stretch their unbeaten run to six games.

For Portsmouth, who were led by the caretaker duo Stuart Gray and Guy Whittingham, it was a third defeat in four league games and finding a permanent replacement for Cotterill must be a priority for the south-coast club.

Ipswich were close to taking an early lead when Lee Bowyer's shot and turn from the edge of the area forced Stephen Henderson into a smart save. Portsmouth fought back and Stockdale produced a fine save to deny Varney after a quick break.

Pompey began to assume control and they created two further chances to open the scoring but Kitson fired wide and Ricardo Rocha headed straight at Stockdale, both from Lawrence corners.

It was a familiar story in the second period with Lawrence completely missing the ball from five yards out with the goal gaping. Stockdale again proved an immovable force in the Ipswich goal soon after as he denied Kitson's scrambled shot before Norris dragged the rebound wide from the edge of the area.

However, Pompey were made to pay the ultimate price for not taking their chances as they fell behind in the 69th minute to just Ipswich's second shot on target. Carlos Edwards whipped a cross in from the right and after Nathan Ellington failed to get a clean header on goal, the ball fell for Andrews who finished with ease from inside the six-yard box.

Joel Ward's curling effort from distance, which flew just over the bar, and a misplaced free header from Varney, were further missed chances as they searched for a way back into the game. It was not to be, though, and Jewell's men were able to celebrate a victory that they barely deserved.

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