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Ipswich Town (0) 2 - 0 (0) Cardiff City

NPower Championship 2010-11

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Referee: Fred Graham

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 22,599

Manager: Dave Jones

Match Number: 3367

Goals

Away
 

Substitutions

Away
Kevin McNaughtonAdam Matthews (46)
Stephen McPhailGavin Rae (46)
Jay BothroydJason Koumas (77)

Cards

Home
 Connor Wickham (39)
Away
 Stephen McPhail (35)

Teams

Away

David Marshall

Kevin McNaughton

Lee Naylor

Mark Hudson

Gabor Gyepes

Pete Whittingham

Stephen McPhail

Chris Burke

Darcy Blake

Jay Bothroyd

Andy Keogh

Substitutes

Away

Tom Heaton

Paul Quinn

Gavin Rae

Jason Koumas

Adam Matthews

Aaron Wildig

Nathaniel Jarvis

Match Report

Ipswich Town 2 Cardiff City 0

Ipswich Town replaced Cardiff City in second place in the Championship with a deserved victory at Portman Road.

Having started the season in eye-catching fashion, these two teams were flailing in a swamp of mediocrity before calamity proved decisive.

The honours went to Ipswich, but there was no reason to rejoice in football in its purest terms, even if something remarkable did shunt this contest towards the hosts.

Severe negligence was to capture the attention more than anything the players produced. Cardiff City’s Adam Matthews, 18, may fail to comprehend why, under no pressure, he nodded the impressive Carlos Edwards’ cross into his own net.

“You could put that ball in 100 times and he’d head it out 100 times. We have no time for his head to stay down,” said Cardiff manager, Dave Jones. It had been hard to differentiate between the teams up until that point.

Jason Scotland, an astute arrival from Wigan Athletic, heaped further ignominy on Matthews, powering past him and ramming in a second.

Portman Road was the scene for obduracy and endeavour rather than outstanding football. That may not be fatal to promotion aspirations, but there was the sense that both sides lack the creativity to decide a tight encounter.

There were extenuating circumstances for Cardiff. A knee injury kept out Craig Bellamy, whose guile and movement does not reside within an unfit Jay Bothroyd, Andrew Keogh and Chris Burke. Cardiff were stranded in the rigidity from which Jones seeks to escape.

Ingenuity did not grace Ipswich either. Connor Wickham, the precocious teenager given his first start of the season, discovered that Championship defending is more robust than in an England under-17 match. In the first half, liberated by Andros Townsend’s pass, he got the wrong side off Gabor Gyepes, but hesitation allowed the defender to challenge.

“Presence is a good word. He gives us something. His general play was very good.,” Roy Keane suggested.

Frustration, however, gripped Wickham, who was booked for a late tackle on Lee Naylor with half time approaching. In the second half Gyepes was his nemesis again, blocking his shot.

Fate dangled glory tantalisingly in the youngster’s face. Even when he got the better of Gyepes, David Marshall denied him. Ipswich, though, could glorify in their victory.

Neil Trainis (dailytelegraph.co.uk)

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