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By Stuart Watson
Saturday, December 29, 2012
IPSWICH Town produced a highly professional away display to see off a below-par Wolves side 2-0 and move eight points clear of the Championship relegation zone.
Aaron Cresswell broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute with a cool right-footed finish that seemed to suck all confidence from the hosts, who had come into the game off the back of a 3-0 home defeat to Peterborough.
With the Molineux crowd growing increasingly frustrated, more and more passes from the home side began to go astray in the heavy rain.
Ipswich continued to look organised, carried on working hard in all areas of the pitch and waited patiently for attacking opportunities to open up.
And they deservedly wrapped up victory in the 65th minute when DJ Campbell raced clear of the defence to coolly finish his 10th goal in 16 games.
Substitute Michael Chopra then missed a golden chance to add a third in stoppage-time after Ipswich flooded forward on the counter-attack.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy – controversially sacked by Wolves back in February – received a warm reception from the home fans before and after the game, but the same could not be said for the players and their current boss Stale Solbakken.
Ipswich move to within a point of Wolves and are now nearer 10 points adrift of the top-six following a return of 23 points from a possible 36 under manager Mick McCarthy – a run which includes four away wins from seven.
- Reaction to follow.
WOLVES (4-4-2): Ikeme; Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward; Sigurdarson, Henry (O’Hara 66), Davis (Doumbia 66), Sako; Doyle (Pennant 66), Ebanks-Blake.
Subs: De Vries, Stearman, Batth, Forde.
Booked: Ebanks-Blake (43)
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Henderson; Orr, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards (cpt), Drury (Reo-Coker 71), N’Daw, Martin; Campbell (Chopra 82), Murphy.
Subs: Loach, Higginbotham, Hyam, Emmanuel-Thomas, Scotland.
Booked: Campbell (49), Martin (77)
Referee: Darren Drysdale