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Ipswich Town (2) 5 - 1 (1) Sheffield United

Coca-Cola Championship 2004-05

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Referee: Lee Probert

Manager: Joe Royle

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 22,977

Manager: Neil Warnock

Match Number: 3078

Goals

Home
 Tommy Miller (22)
 Shefki Kuqi (23)
 Richard Naylor (62)
 Shefki Kuqi (68)
 Ian Westlake (71)
Away
 Bromby (45)

Substitutions

Away
ShawForte (72)
CadamarteriLester (74)
QuinnMontgomery (75)

Cards

Home
 
Away
 Morgan 
 Harley 
 Quinn 
 Cadamarteri 

Teams

Away

Kenny

Bromby

Morgan

Jagielka

Harley

Liddell

Quinn

Thirwell

Gray

Shaw

Cadamarteri

Substitutes

Away

Montgomery

Lester

Barnes

Forte

Geary

Match Report

Miller opens the door to Ipswich rampage

Ipswich Town kept up their pursuit of the Championship leaders Wigan Athletic with a 5-1 demolition of Sheffield United to maintain an unbeaten start to the campaign at Portman Road and bring the Yorkshire club's run of seven games without defeat to a shuddering halt last night.

Sheffield United produced two moments of madness to bring life to a game that had started without any real sparkle.First, the Ipswich midfielder Tommy Miller slotted home a 21st-minute opener from the penalty spot after Phil Jagielka's back-pass had sold goalkeeper Paddy Kenny short and he upended Darren Bent.

Then, two minutes later, Jagielka and his central defensive partner Chris Morgan left Fabian Wilnis' left-wing cross to one another and Shefki Kuqi gratefully accepted the gift-wrapped present to loop a header over the advancing Kenny.

United were handed an unlikely lifeline a minute before the break when defender Richard Naylor could only direct Andy Liddell's free-kick into the path of Leigh Bromby, and the full-back stabbed the ball home.

Within three minutes of the restart another Bromby shot went the wrong side of the upright.

But Ipswich restored their two-goal advantage in the 62nd minute as United's defensive frailties were exposed for a third time, with Naylor easily brushing aside challenges to rise highest and power a header from Miller's corner into the roof of the net.

Kuqi made it four with a sweet curling shot into the bottom corner in the 68th minute and Ian Westlake, who watched Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering succeed in a half-time penalty shootout as part of a personal contest between the pair, completed the rout two minutes later from close range.

Gary Emmerson (Independent)

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