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Ipswich Town (0) 2 - 5 (3) Southampton

NPower Championship 2011-12

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Referee: J Moss

Manager: Paul Jewell

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 18,553

Manager: Nigel Adkins

Match Number: 3416

Goals

Away
 Rickie Lambert (4)
 Rickie Lambert (11)
 David Connolly (42)
 Adam Lallana (76)
 Adam Lallana (89)

Substitutions

Away
Guilherme DoPradoMorgan Schneiderlin (71)
David ConnollyDaniel Fox (77)
Adam LallanaSteve DeRidder (89)

Cards

Home
 Damien Delaney (34)
 Michael Chopra (80)
Away
 Frazer Richardson (80)

Teams

Away

Kelvin Davis

Frazer Richardson

Dan Harding

Jose Fonte

Danny Seaborne

Jack Cork

Guilherme DoPrado

Dean Hammond

Adam Lallana

Rickie Lambert

David Connolly

Substitutes

Away

Bartosz Bialkowski

Daniel Fox

Aaron Martin

Morgan Schneiderlin

Steve DeRidder

Match Report

IPSWICH 2 SOUTHAMPTON 5: RICKIE'S EARLY SHOW BURIES IPSWICH

SOUTHAMPTON tasted victory for the 10th time in a row to move two points clear at the top of the Championship table.

Two early Rickie Lambert goals put them in the driving seat but a second-half Ipswich comeback made them sweat until Adam Lallana wrapped it up with two late strikes.

Saints had arrived in Suffolk as one of five teams with maximum points so far following victories over Leeds and then Barnsley, which added to six straight wins at the end of last season’s successful League One campaign.

Ipswich had won easily at Bristol City on the opening day but slipped up in front of their own fans at the weekend, losing to Hull with a performance that angered manager Paul Jewell, who had a been a team-mate of Saints boss Nigel Adkins at Liverpool and then Wigan at the start of their playing days.

The first chance belonged to Saints when Lambert beat the offside trap and laid the ball back for Lallana, who cleverly beat his man to get into the box but then fired wide.

The reprieve lasted just seconds, however, as Ipswich allowed Lambert to chest down a high ball, play a one-two with David Connolly and then slot past David Stockdale for a fourth-minute lead.

Ipswich failed to learn their lesson and Lambert burst through again to make it 2-0 in the 11th minute, accepting a Lallana through-ball before finding the net via a post.

Guly Do Prado came close to making it 3-0 as boos rang out from the home stands but Saints soon needed a fine reaction save from Kelvin Davis to stop Lee Bowyer from pulling one back.

A tactical reshuffle at last steadied the home side and Jason Scotland blasted narrowly wide on the run after strike partner Michael Chopra had picked him out.

But Saints replied with Connolly scoring three minutes before the break.

Again Lambert was involved but it was Lallana’s quick feet that allowed Guly to go past Stockdale and lay the ball back for Connolly to ram into the empty net.

Ipswich perked up after the break and Keith Andrews made it 3-1 in the 56th minute to mark his full debut. Chopra had seen a shot rebound off the bar but Saints’ relief evaporated when the on-loan Blackburn midfielder seized on the loose ball and beat Davis from distance.

Lallana could have wrapped it up for the visitors straight after but for Cresswell’s block on the line but when Davis and his defenders repeatedly failed to clear their lines Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, one of two half-time replacements, nipped in to net a 61st-minute second.

Ipswich’s hopes were dashed by a 76th-minute fourth from Lallana however, with the midfielder sent clear by a chip from substitute Morgan Schneiderlin and he broke clear again in stoppage-time to make it 5-2.

Tony Paskin (express.co.uk)

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