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Jon Stead delights in scoring winner against Ipswich Town

PUBLISHED: 10:51 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:51 28 January 2013

Jon Stead

Jon Stead

JON Stead made no excuses for not celebrating his last minute winner against former club Ipswich Town.

The 29-year-old spoke with genuine respect for his previous employers at the end, but – being the professional he is – did not hold back when netting what could be a hugely important strike for the rock-bottom Robins.

“It’s never sweet to score against a former club and I have had fond memories of every club I have ever been at,” said Stead.

“It’s more about the job at hand with my current club and the points today will go a long way to retaining our Championship status.”

The man who scored 20 goals in 67 appearances for Town, added: “Ipswich will be fine. They have made some good loan signings, got a decent squad and Mick McCarthy knows the division well.

“I am sure they will not have any problems and you can see the difference he has made already.

“They (Ipswich team) are a good bunch of lads and I am sure they will be fine.”

Bristol City remain bottom, but their comeback victory means they have closed the gap on 21st-placed Ipswich to just seven points, with a game in hand to come.

Town host sixth-place Middlesbrough on Saturday.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

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QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

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Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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