Town suffer play-off heartbreak

Ipswich Town 0West Ham 2Town lose 4-2 on aggregateIT looks like being bye, bye Bent after Ipswich Town were sentenced to another season in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Ipswich Town 0

West Ham 2

Town lose 4-2 on aggregate

IT looks like being bye, bye Bent after Ipswich Town were sentenced to another season in the Coca-Cola Championship.

Manager Joe Royle has done brilliantly to lead his collection of free transfers, youngsters and those remaining from George Burley's regime to within touching distance of the top flight.

Although the whole of Ipswich will feel sick in the stomach today, now is not the time for recrimination.

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The play-offs proved two games too far as Town ran out of steam. They can have no complaints about last night's result at a packed Portman Road against a West Ham side that showed much more quality.

See tonight's Evening Star for full story