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Ipswich Town (2) 5 - 1 (0) Barnsley

Coca-Cola Championship 2006-07

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Referee: Anthony Bates

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 20,585

Manager: Simon Davey

Match Number: 3204

Goals

Away
 Nardiello (79)

Substitutions

Away
Paul ReidKay (45)
HayesNardiello (64)
HeckingbottomRajczi (75)

Cards

Home
 Owen Garvan (79)
 Jason DeVos (88)
Away
 Heckingbottom (28)
 Jones (53)
 Hassell (53)
 Ferenczi (78)
 Rajczi (89)

Teams

Away

Colgan

Hassell

Paul Reid

Nyatanga

Heckingbottom

Jones

Howard

Togwell

Hayes

Kyel Reid

Ferenczi

Substitutes

Away

Letheren

Rajczi

Kay

Nardiello

McCann

Match Report

IPSWICH 5-1 BARNSLEY

TRY telling rookie boss Simon Davey that his battered Barnsley side are headed for the drop.

They may have been dumped back into the Championship drop zone but Davey is not downbeat about their chances.

This was a fifth defeat in six league games and took their goals-against tally to a whopping 76, way ahead of their relegation rivals.

But ex-academy manager Davey is adamant the Tykes, who host promotionchasing Birmingham today, will not be returning to League One.

He said: "We were second bottom with 15 points when I took over in November and it was always going to be tough in our first season back at this level.

"We knew we weren't going to be challenging for promotion. If we can finish fourth bottom it will be a successful season for us."

I have absolutely no doubt we can do it. This is obviously a setback but we still have five games left and if we win three of them we'll get out of trouble.

"We lost individual battles out there today but we can't afford to dwell on it. The players are fine and morale is good."

But it was only when Barnsley sub Daniel Nardiello cracked a 79th minute free-kick from 30 yards past Lewis Price that they looked as if they might salvage something.

Ipswich led 2-0 at the break through goals from Gary Roberts and George O'Callaghan, who marked his first home start with his first goal for the club.

Nardiello's strike provided a wake-up call and a late flurry of goals by Danny Haynes, Francis Jeffers and Jonathan Walters rounded off the rout.

Walters is enjoying his own version of fantasy football, playing alongside boyhood idol Jeffers. Everton fan Walters grinned: "It's hard to take in the fact that I'm playing alongside Franny because I used to pay good money to watch him.

Franny's only a couple of years older than me but he was in the team as a kid and became an instant favourite of mine."

Jeffers and top scorer Alan Lee both struck the bar, while Nicky Colgan made a world class save, otherwise Barnsley might have been beaten by more.

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