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Ipswich Town (0) 3 - 2 (1) Doncaster Rovers

NPower Championship 2010-11

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Referee: Mark Brown

Manager: Paul Jewell

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 17,298

Manager: Sean ODriscoll

Match Number: 3391


 David Norris (48)
 Connor Wickham (60)
 Carlos Edwards (64)
 Billy Sharp (6)
 Billy Sharp (61)


Dean ShielsRyan Mason (87)
James ChambersWaide Fairhurst (89)
Mark WilsonSam Hird (90)


 Gareth McAuley (7)
 Connor Wickham (90)
 Mark Wilson (8)



Neil Sullivan

James OConnor

James Chambers

Adam Lockwood

Matt Kilgallon

Mark Wilson

John Oster

Dean Shiels

James Coppinger

Billy Sharp

James Hayter



Gary Woods

George Friend

Sam Hird

Dennis Souza

Ryan Mason

Paul Keegan

Waide Fairhurst

Match Report

Edwards caps comeback for Jewell's home debut

Paul Jewell masterminded a superb comeback on his home debut as Ipswich manager, surviving a first half onslaught to overcome a determined Doncaster in the npower Championship.

Billy Sharp's opening goal put the hosts on the back foot and Connor Wickham missed a host of chances before the break, but Ipswich delivered their first home win in three attempts with goals from David Norris, Wickham and Carlos Edwards cancelling out Sharp's second.

Sharp stunned the hosts after just six minutes with his 11th league goal of the season.

Having hit the post one minute earlier, Sharp was grateful to pounce on James Coppinger's floated cross from the left wing to put Rovers into the lead.

Wickham, fresh from signing a contract keeping him at Portman Road until 2013, found himself in space in the box minutes later.

Neil Sullivan in the visitors' goal tipped his shot round the right hand post at full stretch to retain the advantage.

Ipswich captain David Norris let rip an ambitious shot from distance, but fired over Sullivan's bar as the hosts piled forward searching for an equaliser.

Wickham came close again, with another powerful shot from inside the penalty box bringing the best out of Sullivan - who managed to pluck it out of the air.

Colin Healy should have done better than head Lee Martin's inswinging corner tamely into the arms of the under siege Sullivan with 21 minutes played.

It was Tractor Boys shotstopper Marton Fulop that negotiated the next scare, intercepting a snapshot from Rovers striker Dean Shiels which had looked unstoppable.

And the hosts had the best chance before the break, Martin again supplying a pinpoint aerial ball for Tamas Priskin.

The Carling Cup semi-final hero got his head to the ball as it swung dangerously into unmarked space, but to the disappointment of the Portman Road faithful, it sailed over the bar.

Ipswich resumed the second half with intent, stringing three or four confident passes together.

When the ball was pushed through to Norris inside the area, he curled in a deserved equaliser.

Wickham fulfilled his early promise on the hour mark, meeting Healy's cross to head home from close range.

Doncaster responded instantly, Coppinger charging up the right wing from the restart to cross in for Sharp, who headed low into the net.

This did nothing to quell the resurgent Ipswich side who made the most of a foul on Priskin by Adam Lockwood.

Grant Leadbitter's free-kick from the left found Edwards, who controlled well before blasting in from distance to restore the lead.

Rovers' John Oster threatened a last-minute shock with a shot from distance but Damien Delaney cleared to ensure all three points for the home side.

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