Win at Watford is tonic for Town
Watford 0 Ipswich Town 2: A SUPERB performance from Ipswich at Vicarage Road gave the Blues a vital three points with a 2-0 win over Watford.It was Watford's first defeat at home this season and Town's first away win since they beat Wimbledon back at the beginning of October.
Watford 0 Ipswich Town 2
A SUPERB performance from Ipswich at Vicarage Road gave the Blues a vital three points with a 2-0 win over Watford.
It was Watford's first defeat at home this season and Town's first away win since they beat Wimbledon back at the beginning of October.
Times are changing for Ipswich with a new committed approach by the players and a solid, competitive look to the whole side. So much so that new signing Paul Gerrard only had one save to make on his debut in the Ipswich goal.
The first-half of this clash was a very tight affair with only limited chances for either side. Alun Armstrong went closest for Town in the sixth minute but he fired a half chance into the side-netting.
Jim Magilton could also have given Ipswich the lead after 22 minutes but his header at the far post was easy for Alec Chamberlain.
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But Town didn't have to wait long in the second half before taking the lead. On 51 minutes Darren Bent combined excellently with Armstrong and the former Middlesbrough striker lashed the ball past Chamberlain and into the net.
Ipswich only got better after the goal and five minutes later they were 2-0 ahead.
Jermaine Pennant gave the ball away and Hermann Hreidarsson raced forward for Town. The powerful Icelander set-up Clapham for the shot and he made no mistake to double Town's lead.
Watford never looked like threatening Town's lead and it was Ipswich who seemed more likely to score. Matt Holland got to the by-line and fired the ball against the bar in the 71st minute.
But two goals was more than enough for Town and their was considerable evidence that this could be the beginnings of a swift move up the table for the Blues.