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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 2 (1) Watford

Coca-Cola Championship 2004-05

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Referee: Andre Marriner

Manager: Joe Royle

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 23,993

Manager: Ray Lewington

Match Number: 3096

Goals

Home
 Tommy Miller (87)
Away
 DeMerit (45)
 Dyer (81)

Substitutions

Away
WebberDyer (77)
EaglesDoyley (89)

Cards

Away
 

Teams

Away

Jones

Chambers

Cox

DeMerit

Darlington

Eagles

Mahon

Jackson

Blizzard

Bouazza

Webber

Substitutes

Away

Chamberlain

Ardley

Young

Doyley

Dyer

Match Report

Ipswich given a chilly reminder

The snowstorms in Suffolk had been forecast but Watford's win at Portman Road was a far bigger surprise.

The Championship leaders had only succumbed once before at home this season and their opponents' last outing had seen them suffer a crushing defeat at Sunderland. But this was a chilly reminder that a side showing gritty resolve can counter a team of greater quality.

Jamie Scowcroft, on loan from Leicester, was clearly keen to make an impact on his return his old club. First he nearly got on the end of strike partner Darren Bent's low cross and then almost pounced when Paul Jones spilled a fierce volley from Tommy Miller.

Watford, with top scorer Heidar Helguson injured, had only Danny Webber foraging up front and after their mid-season flourish - reaching the Carling Cup semi-finals and taking Fulham to a replay in the FA Cup - they looked there for the taking. Even so, Webber was game for a challenge and sent Hameur Bouazza clear, prompting Richard Naylor to make a spectacular interception.

The home side's increasing complacency proved costly as Watford visibly gained in confidence and, in first half stoppage time, Jay Demerit rose commandingly to nod in a deep cross from the right although there was a suspicion that Naylor had the final touch as the ball eluded Kelvin Davis.

Ipswich's frustration mounted and Darren Currie was brought on to add width on the left and promptly blazed over. Substitute Bruce Dyer, only four minutes after replacing Webber, made him rue such wastefulness by heading home Johnnie Jackson's 80th-minute corner. Bent hit the bar and Miller drove in a penalty after Neil Cox handled but it was too little too late for Ipswich.

Steve Thomson (sport.telegraph)

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