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Ipswich Town (2) 3 - 0 (0) Coventry City

NPower Championship 2011-12

Monday, September 19, 2011

Referee: C Pawson

Manager: Paul Jewell

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 15,650

Manager: Andy Thorn

Match Number: 3420

Goals

Away
 

Substitutions

Away
Gael BigirimanaGary McSheffrey (44)
Cody McDonaldRoy ODonovan (69)
Cyrus ChristieNathan Cameron (76)

Cards

Home
 
Away
 David Bell (28)

Teams

Away

Joe Murphy

Richard Keogh

Chris Hussey

Martin Cranie

Cyrus Christie

Sammy Clingan

David Bell

Carl Baker

Gael Bigirimana

Lucas Jutkiewicz

Cody McDonald

Substitutes

Away

Chris Dunn

Nathan Cameron

Conor Thomas

Gary McSheffrey

Roy ODonovan

Match Report

Ipswich earn Paul Jewell breathing space by beating Coventry City

After a dismal start to the season, Ipswich lifted some of the pressure on their manager, Paul Jewell, by cruising past Coventry City, who have problems of their own. Jewell's side had lost four of their opening six league games, a run that included a 7-1 defeat at Peterborough United, but this win earned their manager some welcome breathing space.

Jewell had made several high-profile signings in the summer with the intention of returning the club to the Premier League for the first time since 2002, but before the arrival of Coventry, they were closer to the relegation zone than the top six. Victory moved them up to 13th place, three points off the play-off zone and left Andy Thorn's hapless Coventry out of the bottom three only on goal difference.

Ipswich began in rampant fashion and took the lead after seven minutes when Aaron Cresswell's cross from the left was headed into his own net by the Coventry centre-back Martin Cranie.

The hosts did not have to wait long for a second, which arrived when Keith Andrews played a neat one-two with Michael Chopra and cracked a rising shot past Joe Murphy from just inside the area.

With Coventry all over the place at the back, Ipswich could have wrapped up the game before half-time and missed several chances to score a third, Chopra and Jimmy Bullard both going close with shots that went narrowly wide.

Naturally Jewell was delighted with what he had seen. "The game could have been over by half-time and it was nice to put in a decent attacking performance for our supporters," he said. "We've got a lot of new players and it was never going to happen overnight but we showed what we're capable of.

Coventry did at least improve after the interval and Cody McDonald headed over with the goal gaping. McDonald had a chance to make amends, only to head wide after being cleverly set up by Gary McSheffrey. "Cody's not fully fit yet," Thorn said. "When he is he'll take those chances, without question."

Despite Thorn's support for McDonald, his slackness in front of goal was clinically punished by Ipswich when Jason Scotland slid home a third after another assist from Chopra, and although Cresswell later headed off the line from Roy O'Donovan, Coventry were well beaten.

"We never got going and for 20 minutes we were still in the dressing room," Thorn said. "Against good, experienced players you can't do that. Ipswich are the best side we've played this season but that was our worst performance."

The Guardian

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