Great start for Burley-less Ipswich

Ipswich Town 2 – Sheffield Wednesday 1The Mowbray era begins with three much needed points for Town.After a fairly shaky first 15 minutes, Town really came into their own during the first half with two goals in four minutes from striking sensation Pablo Counago.

Ipswich Town 2 – Sheffield Wednesday 1

The Mowbray era begins with three much needed points for Town.

After a fairly shaky first 15 minutes, Town really came into their own during the first half with two goals in four minutes from striking sensation Pablo Counago. Just one day after the announcement that manager George Burley has been sacked, Tony Mowbray has started his period as caretaker-manager in fine style with an emphatic win over lower table rivals, Sheffield Wednesday.

Wednesday started off strongly but frightened themselves somewhat with a mistake by Bromby in the 14th minute which almost led to an embarrassing own goal. Ipswich have come back from their 3-0 midweek defeat at Grimsby with a new determination which has shown itself in their improved passing and communication between key players.

At half-time Ipswich had a well-deserved 2-0 lead and were looking comfortable for the second half. Wednesday put Town under a great deal of pressure in the second half, leading to a goal by Donnelly in the 57th minute. Ipswich held on and did not let Wednesday get them on the run. Two fantastic saves from Andy Marshall in stoppage time secured the much needed three points for Ipswich.

At times Tony Mowbray's direction seemed to confuse the players, but essentially it all came together and they proved to everyone that despite the upheaval of the past few days, they can still pull it off when it matters. Possibly Mowbray's most unpopular decision was to substitute Counago, who got a standing ovation from the fans.

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Ipswich now have a week to work on the relationship between the players and new caretaker-manager Mowbray. Will this be the start of a new era for Town?

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