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Ipswich Town (0) 2 - 1 (1) Derby County

Coca-Cola Championship 2006-07

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Referee: Iain Williamson

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 24,319

Manager: Billy Davies

Match Number: 3206

Goals

Home
 Francis Jeffers (69)
 Danny Haynes (89)
Away
 Oakley (9)

Substitutions

Away
FaganGrant (29)
JohnsonBisgaard (45)
BarnesTeale (83)

Cards

Home
 Alex Bruce (28)
 David Wright (43)
 Francis Jeffers (69)
 Dan Harding (86)
 Danny Haynes (89)
Away
 Oakley (23)
 Edworthy (26)
 Stephen Bywater (28)
 Jones (41)
 Leacock (81)
 Mears (84)
 Howard (90)

Teams

Away

Stephen Bywater

Mears

Edworthy

Leacock

McEveley

Barnes

Oakley

Jones

Johnson

Fagan

Howard

Substitutes

Away

Grant

Camara

Bisgaard

Pearson

Teale

Match Report

Tempers flare as Derby falter

Red cards and a red-blooded ruckus marked a hot afternoon when tempers boiled over as Derby undermined their challenge for automatic promotion with a defeat that left them with only two points from their past three games and off the top of the Championship.

The result was not settled until the 89th minute when, under intense Ipswich pressure, James McEveley brought down substitute Danny Haynes, who picked himself up and smashed home the resulting penalty.

The tenor of the match had changed just before the half-hour when Derby were leading by Matt Oakley's goal scored against the run of play. At an Ipswich corner, Alex Bruce and Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater squared up and both were sent off. They scuffled as they walked off, provoking a mêlée. Derby's manager, Billy Davies, also lost his cool, and had to watch the rest of the match from the stand.

"I have been sent to the stands for, I believe, entering the field of play," Davies fumed. "You see the inconsistency in it when you see Mr Wenger and Mr Mourinho running 45 yards on to the field and nothing happening. Yellow cards were in order for Bruce and Bywater. The red cards sparked a frenzy of activity where yellow cards would have diffused the situation."

Haynes came on with 11 minutes remaining to replace Francis Jeffers, who had been lively throughout and finally forced an equaliser after 69 minutes, slotting the ball home after being put through by Fabian Wilnis.

But while he and his strike partner Jonathan Walters both went close for Ipswich, the visitors countered and took the lead in the ninth minute. Steve Howard reached a long punt forward to nod down to Oakley, who drove in a fine volley from 25 yards.

As a result of the mêlée Derby sacrificed Craig Fagan to bring on the substitute goalkeeper Lee Grant. The pressure built on his goal with Jeffers equalising and Haynes finally settling an unhappy day for Derby.

Kieran Daley (Independent)

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