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Fortress Portman Road crumbles again

PUBLISHED: 17:16 07 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

Ipswich Town 1 Rotherham 2: IPSWICH Town slipped to another home defeat losing 2-1 to a determined if uninspiring Rotherham side at Portman Road.



With another three points going begging even play-off promotion now looks a distant prospect and Ipswich have seen yet again that possession counts for nothing and that it is only goals that win you points.

Ipswich Town 1 Rotherham 2

IPSWICH Town slipped to another home defeat losing 2-1 to a determined if uninspiring Rotherham side at Portman Road.

With another three points going begging even play-off promotion now looks a distant prospect and Ipswich have seen yet again that possession counts for nothing and that it is only goals that win you points.

It all started so well for Town as Fabian Wilnis gave them the lead after 11 minutes.

Darren Bent nearly reached a through-ball from Pablo Counago but Rotherham keeper Michael Pollit got there to clear with his feet. But his clearance found Wilnis who looped the ball into the net.

It was no more than Town had deserved and it looked like it would be a comfortable afternoon for the Blues.

But with their first real threat of the game Rotherham were level. The first corner of the game went to Rotherham and Stewart Talbot met it at the far post to volley the ball into the net.

Town did not deserve to be pegged back and continued to look the more threatening side.

In the 28th minute Jim Magilton hit a free-kick, won by the impressive Counago. His shot curled towards the far post but Pollit managed to tip the ball onto the bar and it fell to safety for Rotherham.

Town continued to press, searching for the goal to set up a vital home win. But things got worse for Town when in stoppage time in the first half Rotherham took the lead.

A lucky break for Rotherham left Richard Barker in the clear and he made no mistake despatching his shot past Paul Gerrard.

Despite dominating the play in the first half Town went in at the break trailing 2-1. It was disaster for Town as Rotherham were content to frustrate their hosts with stubborn defence throughout the second period.

Ipswich failed to find a rhythm to sustain the passing football that would open up the Rotherham defence.

Town's closest effort of the second half came from a Darren Ambrose corner which Counago headed against the bar.

Many Town fans would have left Portman Road unsure how Town lost this game, although some would point the finger at referee Tomlin, the reason will not be lost on Town manager Joe Royle.

Royle has in the past said he is looking for a cutting edge from the Blues and this performance may well lead to an increased intensity to his search for a loan striker.

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