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Ipswich Town (1) 2 - 1 (0) Leeds United

NPower Championship 2010-11

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Referee: Keith Hill

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 23,105

Manager: Simon Grayson

Match Number: 3371

Goals

Home
 Jason Scotland (19)
 Tommy Smith (83)
Away
 Robert Snodgrass (77)

Substitutions

Away
Shane HiggsJason Brown (62)
Neil KilkennySanchez Watt (74)
Bradley JohnsonLuciano Becchio (74)

Cards

Home
 Grant Leadbitter (87)
Away
 Alex Bruce (54)
 Richard Naylor (67)
 Alex Bruce (78)
 Neill Collins (90)

Teams

Away

Shane Higgs

Alex Bruce

Neill Collins

Richard Naylor

George McCartney

Neil Kilkenny

Jonathan Howson

Bradley Johnson

Amdy Faye

Robert Snodgrass

Davide Somma

Substitutes

Away

Jason Brown

Max Gradel

Adam Clayton

Andy Hughes

Ramon Nunez

Luciano Becchio

Sanchez Watt

Match Report

Tommy Smith turns the tables to be the Ipswich hero against 10-man Leeds

Tommy Smith turned from villain to hero as Ipswich proved too strong for 10-man Leeds at Portman Road. After Jason Scotland had given Ipswich a first-half lead, an error from Smith allowed Leeds to poach an equaliser through Robert Snodgrass. But, after former Ipswich defender Alex Bruce was sent off for a second yellow card, Smith was afforded the freedom of the Leeds penalty area and headed home the winner.

Smith had not looked like starting the game, but was one of four changes made by the Ipswich manager, Roy Keane, when he had to replace Darren O'Dea, who was injured in the warm-up.

Having seen a 4-1 lead turn into a 6-4 defeat against Preston on Tuesday, the Leeds manager, Simon Grayson, also made four changes to his side.

Smith proved his worth early on when he blocked Richard Naylor's goalbound header. Neil Kilkenny then failed to get a good connection to a Snodgrass cross, and Davide Somma narrowly failed to nip in to capitalise on a scramble as Leeds applied some early pressure.

But the home side took the lead after 19 minutes. Jake Livermore collected the ball in midfield and, after running at the Leeds defence, slotted a perfect pass through to Scotland, who rounded Shane Higgs to score.

The former Wigan striker looked to add a quick second but dragged a low drive wide, but, although Somma fizzed a 30-yard effort off target, Scotland's goal gave Ipswich a half-time lead for the first time this season. That lead was nearly wiped out after the restart as Bruce whipped a dangerous ball across Marton Fulop's goal, with three United players narrowly failing to connect. Scotland should have added a second but sliced over from six yards, while Bradley Johnson wasted a chance for Leeds when he curled a free-kick wildly over from just outside the area.

Higgs then left the field with a hamstring injury, forcing Leeds to bring on Blackburn loanee Jason Brown, who was quickly in the action as he turned behind a Scotland effort. Scotland was made to pay for his missed chances when Leeds equalised 13 minutes from time. Smith and Gareth McAuley jumped for the same ball and, after they failed to clear, Somma played in substitute Sanchez Watt, who squared for the waiting Snodgrass.

Leeds had the initiative but they were quickly robbed of it as Bruce was dismissed for a second yellow after one foul too many on Andros Townsend.

And Bruce was made to pay for his indiscretion when, with eight minutes remaining, Smith was left unmarked by the Leeds defence and got on the end of Carlos Edwards' free-kick.

guardian.co.uk

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