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

NPower Championship 2010-11

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Referee: Roger East

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 17,572

Manager: Nigel Clough

Match Number: 3378


 Kris Commons (58)
 Kris Commons (76)


Shefki KuqiMiles Addison (73)
Kris CommonsStephen Pearson (77)
Ben PringleMark OBrien (88)


 Jack Colback (56)
 Grant Leadbitter (74)
 Jaime Peters (86)
 Dean Moxey (52)
 Kris Commons (71)
 James Bailey (84)



Frank Fielding

John Brayford

Shaun Barker

Dean Moxey

Paul Green

Robbie Savage

James Bailey

Ben Pringle

Tomasz Cywka

Shefki Kuqi

Kris Commons



Saul Deeney

Gareth Roberts

Miles Addison

Mark OBrien

Stephen Pearson

Dave Martin

Conor Doyle

Match Report

Kris can't miss! Commons hits double as Rams halt Roy Keane's run

Manager Nigel Clough hailed midfielder Kris Commons after his two goals extended Derby's fine recent run.

Commons' second-half double took his tally for the season to nine, edging the Scotland midfielder into second place in the Championship scoring chart.

Clough, whose team have won seven of their last nine League games, said: 'If he ever gets fit he'll be frightening. Kris had four hamstring injuries last season and only completed one 90 minutes.

'He still isn't 100 per cent - that will come as long as he continues to carry on playing - but he's getting there.'

Commons' quality was a key difference between the sides, not only for his goals but for his midfield prompting, and patched-up Derby, missing eight players through injury, reinforced their top-six slot.

Clough added: 'It was very even in the first half but we came out after half-time and for 20 minutes played very well indeed.

'It was an incredible effort by the players when you take into consideration what we had out there this evening.

'We had midfielders playing at full back and full backs playing at centre half. We also had Ben Pringle, a lad from Ilkeston Town, making only his second League start and an injured centre half coming on up front for the last 20 minutes.

'This is a difficult place to come and Ipswich are a good side, so it's a good night's work.' Ipswich boss Roy

Keane presided over a lengthy post mortem before emerging to complain: 'We had an opportunity to cement our place in the top six but we couldn't take it.

'We are losing too many home games. Jose Mourinho hasn't lost one in about seven years and we've lost three already this season. I thought we were ready to take the next step but clearly we're not.' Keane was hoping to celebrate three successive League wins for the first time in 18 months at the helm, but there was no way back once Commons had broken through in front of Portman Road's lowest Championship crowd of the season.

To illustrate the unpredictability of the division, Derby were the only team in the top half of the table to bank three points last night. Derby's run of form represents an extraordinary turnaround after their opening seven fixtures produced a paltry five points.

Clough said: 'We have been playing well all season but we just didn't get our rewards at the start.'

Ipswich were restricted to a series of long-range drives before Derby gradually gained control. On the few occasions that Ipswich did threaten, they found England Under 21 goalkeeper Frank Fielding in unbeatable form.

Fielding, on loan from Blackburn Rovers, made several key saves, the best of which came from two Tamas Priskin strikes.

Shefki Kuqi should have opened the scoring in the 29th minute when he intercepted Jake Livermore's headed attempt to reach his own goalkeeper. But the Finland striker, a huge favourite at Ipswich during Joe Royle's time in charge, scuffed his shot and allowed Marton Fulop to make a save.

Fulop produced a flying stop to thwart James Bailey as the youngster met Tomasz Cywka's low cross, then Commons opened the scoring with a free-kick that took a huge deflection off Ipswich's defensive wall. His second was more clinical as he swept the ball past Fulop from Dean Moxey's centre.

Mel Henderson (Mail Online)

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