Town handed finishing lesson

IPSWICH TOWN 1 WEST HAM 2IPSWICH were left languishing in the bottom three of Division One after a lesson in finishing from West Ham's on-song sharpshooters.

IPSWICH TOWN 1 WEST HAM 2

IPSWICH were left languishing in the bottom three of Division One after a lesson in finishing from West Ham's on-song sharpshooters.

Town had the lion's share of possession and chances – but their goal-shy strikers again failed to find the net.

By contrast, Hammers forwards Jermain Defoe and David Connolly made it four goals each for the season. Town's reply came from substitute midfielder Jermaine Wright.

Blues boss Joe Royle replaced strikers Marcus and Darren Bent with a pairing of Pablo Counago and Alun Armstrong – but they too drew a blank.

They were unfortunate to find Hammers' England keeper David James in fine shot-stopping form. But a record of just two points in five League games will leave Royle a worried man.

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Defoe opened the scoring with a wonderful solo goal, against the run of play, in 21 minutes. Connolly added the second two minutes into the second half.

Wright's strike on 65 minutes raised home hopes, but it was not enough.

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