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FULL-TIME: Ipswich Town 2 Burnley 1

14:30 10 November 2012

Ipswich v Burnley: IPSWICH Town showed immense character to seal their first home league win in more than seven months and move off the bottom of the Championship table.

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Town edged a scrappy first half before taking the lead five minutes after the restart when Daryl Murphy outmuscled the goalkeeper to a high ball under the crossbar. The visitors were convinced it was a foul and, while the striker did stick his backside out, you could make the case that he was just standing his ground.

There was a feeling of ‘here we go again’ among the nervy home crowd when Ipswich – having pushed and failed to kind a killer second – conceded an equaliser with 10 minutes to go. Substitute Junior Stanislas provided the cross from deep on the left, with fellow sub Sam Vokes heading the ball in off the crossbar.

Having let five 1-0 leads slip this season, losing three of those matches, many sensed the worst. Especially after the Blues had capitulated so badly in the second half of their 5-0 thrashing at Crystal Palace in midweek.

However, the Blues appear far more organised and spirited under new boss Mick McCarthy, and they found a fully deserved winner three minutes from time. And what a goal it was.

In a rapid counter-attacking move, substitute Jay Emmanuel-Thomas set Carlos Edwards scampering away down the right. The skipper – playing on the right-wing for the first time in over a year – used his pace to shake off his marker and then swung in an inch-perfect cross. Striker DJ Campbell still had a lot to do, but produced a wonderfully controlled volleyed finish – with the outside of his boot – to guide the ball back across stranded keeper Lee Grant.

The outpouring of noise around Portman Road was as much relief as joy, with the Blues finally ending a club-record 10-game winless home run in the league.

Town are now third from bottom and just two points adrift of Championship safety, although Bristol City do play tomorrrow. Following six points from McCarthy’s opening three games as manager though, the picture is a lot rosier.

Ipswich (4-4-2): Henderson; Chambers, Smith, Higginotham, Cresswell; Edwards, Reo-Coker, N’Daw, Wellens; Murphy, Campbell.

Subs: Loach, Hewitt, Emmanuel-Thomas, Chopra, Scotland, Drury, Mohsni.

Burnley (4-1-4-1): Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Lafferty; Stock; Wallace, McCann, Marney, Paterson; Austin.

Subs: Jensen, Vokes, Stanislas, Ings, Edgar, Mills, Bartley.

Referee: Mark Brown

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23 comments

  • Your opinion has no basis in logic. Explain why Hewitt being on the bench suddenly allows playing Chambers at right back and moving Edwards up. Excuse for PJ and not even one that makes any sense.

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    Pete James

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012

  • Scott and Steroo are not going to be happy!

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    Rod Bennett

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • “It was only because Hewitt is now fit and could cover right back if it did not work out that MM was able to move Edwards” Nonsensical comment. If it hadn’t worked before PJ could simply have moved Edwards back from midfield to right back.

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    Pete James

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Clever Budgie...haven't read any comments saying all troubles are over, just looking up at the moment. How did your lot get on today?...I have no idea as I concentrate on my team and those around us and don't really care what you do! I expect you got a lucky late win after fat boy's legs buckled in the box again! Anyhow, very happy with todays win, just nice to be off the bottom and looking a lot more organised and spirited.But as we've been reminded by the great yellow sage, it's not home and dry yet....one day at a time and today is a good day so lets all smile (Scott,Steroo....come on now, just a little one eh)!!!!!! COYB

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    GorlestonBoy

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • I have been critical of McCarthy for not making the changes sooner but I have nothing but praise for him today. The team seemed fired-up and gave 100%, the defence without Edwards was unrecognisable but Edwards playing in his proper position was outstanding. It was fantastic to see Smith back and he gave his all. It was inspired to move Wellens into a more attacking role and he was my man of the match with N'Daw also looking comfortable in a more defensive role. DJ Campbell was no great shakes but he just got enough onto Edward's cross for the best goal I've seen from ITFC at Portman Road in a very long time. It's odd that Murphy and DJ were our least good players but both scored! We need to keep Wellens if we can, we must never put Edwards back in defence and we need a big striker but I now accept we might just escape relegation. COYB!

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    peter sadler

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Cyril, even an idiot could see DJ would be better than we have.... but the same idiot would also have realised Edwards was NEVER EVER a right back. That aside, awesome game, great atmosphere and players putting effort in. Best game I have seen for ages that was worth the ticket price. NDaw was quality (just needs to stop shooting), Wellans was all over field getting stuck in, Smith had his most solid game for some time, Cresswell was much better and Edwards in his proper spot (along with Chambers at RB) got better as the game went on. The revelation, for me, was Murphy. Best game I have seen him have in relation to on and off the ball- and having castigated him for some time, it is nice to say that. Now we have hope after the debacle of the last 22 months.

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    I am Spartacus

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Brian, the loan players in the current team are all PJ signings, yes some did not work out but that was because the players he wanted, Austin, Sharp, Pearce, Ward and many others went elsewhere because of our owners lack of ambition. I like everyone else want to see itfc do well, but I believe if we are our of the relegation situation you will still see no major investment by the owner. It was only because Hewitt is now fit and could cover right back if it did not work out that MM was able to move Edwards which I do believe means better times ahead. I have never said PJ was a good manager, but make sure you have a go at the right person, as I will continue to.

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    Cyril Baker

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Where's steroo???? at carrot road with the other budgies

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    Craig Warr

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Whoever was the idiot who signed D.J. Cambell on loan, oh it wasnt PJ wasi it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Absolutely delighted with Tommy Smith. Played Charlie Austin out of the game who lost his rag in the end, not pleasant. Pleased we didn't sign him we can do without players like that however many goals they score.

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    Rex Ide

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • It has long amazed me that Edwards was constantly played at right back. Not surprised that he featured in his correct position as did Murphy. Hopefully McCarthy will continue with playing players in their best positions. After a dreadful few weeks things are starting to look up ....

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    Lindsay Ferguson

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Carlos on the wing is defiantly a good switch. I think he did ok at RB for a converted winger but he is pacey and clever and has been wasted for something like 3 seasons at right back. David Wright was the last really decent player we had in that position. Luke Chambers can play at right back and that switch alone with the experience of higgingbottom to guide TS is the middle of the back 4 is surely a recipie for more solidarity? Good work today for all concerned. We owe posh a thumping after recent games against them. COYB

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Cyril - he did also sign a lot of duds - many on whom have been payed off & moved on within that short time span. He was bound to get one right eventually - it's called the law of averages. You may however be right in your earlier posts that MM hasn't actually changed much from the PJ regime - though I would agree with Spartacus that playing players in their preferred position is always the best policy. I could never understand why PJ bemoaned our lack of size - then placed our tallest player out of position on the lest wing ??????????

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    Old Timer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Clever canary? Please. Otherwise, hurrah!

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Cyril, I agree with your intent to have a go at the right person BUT I think you are getting poster's names confused again !!!

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    Brian Betts

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • Clever canary? Please. Otherwise, hurrah!

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Brian Betts apologies, for confusing the issue, but the entry was for Old Timer, who is a friend of mine by the name of Brian. I did an entry to explain the situation but the eadt blocked it for some reason only understood by themselves. I am just trying to encourage my friend to come out from behind an alias.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Clever canary....surely an oxymoron?

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    Kevin Bailey

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Pete, dont get anxious, you are quite entitled to your opinion, as I am mine.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • Many of us have been saying that we needed greater width, a more attacking formation, particularly at home, and for Carols to be played in his proper position. Thankfully MM has already made that change, and this was such an important and welcome win for us. MM has achieved 6 points in 3 games, and we are back in touching distance, with that rather important home game against Peterborough , followed up with a home game against a decent Forest side to end November. We have given ourselves a chance of progressing now, and finally got that monkey off of our back of no home wins. Well done to MM and the players, as whilst they have been criticised,(the players) and rightly so after the Palace game, there is no doubt that the pressure was truly on today, and they found a way of winning. Palace also did us a favour, with that comeback at Peterborough, and are still top, and looking good.

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    Kevin Bailey

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Much better, more passion, more commitment.... now build on this hard earned result.

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Edwards playing in his proper place. A lot better. Someone should tell the ballboys to stand up for the minutes silence and perhaps get the ball occasionally when it goes out of play.

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    chantry boy

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • thats it then all your troubles are over, well for 1 week at least. OTBC

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    clever canary

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

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