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Ipswich Town v Derby County nostalgia: Counago and Walters punish Rams

PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 December 2017

Ipswich Town forward Pablo Counago celebrates his first half goal with Jon Walters against Derby

Ipswich Town forward Pablo Counago celebrates his first half goal with Jon Walters against Derby

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In this week’s nostalgia, we take a look back to November 2008 as Town took advantage of defensive errors to beat Derby 2-0 at Portman Road, thanks to goals from Pablo Counago and Jon Walters.

Pablo Counago scores against Derby as Ipswich win 2-0 at Portman Road in November 2008 Pablo Counago scores against Derby as Ipswich win 2-0 at Portman Road in November 2008

Ipswich Town took advantage of two defensive mistakes to get back to winning ways against a poor Derby team at a freezing Portman Road on November 22, 2008.

Jon Walters makes it 2-0 to Ipswich against Derby at Portman Road Jon Walters makes it 2-0 to Ipswich against Derby at Portman Road

The Blues took the lead in the 27th minute when Town forward Pablo Counago beat Claude Davis to a Jon Walters flick-on and Spaniard coolly slotted into the corner to make it 1-0 in the first half at Portman Road.

Jon Walters celebrations his goal with Darren Ambrose against Derby at Portman Road Jon Walters celebrations his goal with Darren Ambrose against Derby at Portman Road

Ipswich continued to dominate after the break and made it 2-0 in the 66th minute when David Wright sent in a low cross which struck Darren Powell’s heel and landed at Jon Walters’ feet just six yards out.

Derby keeper Roy Carroll saves Town midfielder David Norris' shot late in the game at Portman Road Derby keeper Roy Carroll saves Town midfielder David Norris' shot late in the game at Portman Road

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The striker turned and lashed the ball past Carroll for his first goal in 11 games and his third of the season.

Ipswich comfortably saw out the remaining quarter of the game and could have won more easily, but for fine Roy Carroll saves to deny Norris and sub Kevin Lisbie.

Town XI: R Wright, D Wright, Bruce, Naylor, Thatcher, Norris (Miller 82), Shumulikoski, Garvan, Ambrose, Walters (Lisbie 89), CouNago (Stead 74). Unused: Supple, Balkestein. Attandance at Portman Road: 20,239.

Long-serving defender Tommy Smith admits the tears were flowing when he said goodbye to his Ipswich Town team mates having today completed his move to MLS side Colorado Rapids.

Ipswich Town remain 12th in the Championship table following Saturday’s dire 1-1 draw at lowly Bolton Wanderers.

Martyn Waghorn knows he and his team-mates must rediscover their clinical side and begin to put together winning runs if they are maintain any kind of play-off push.

Former Ipswich Town player Georges Santos joined Andy Warren for a special edition of the Kings of Anglia Podcast.

Joe Garner turned home to finish off a superb Ipswich Town move as the Blues rescued a draw at Bolton.

Town fan Karl Fuller looks back at Town’s draw at Bolton and why one of Mick McCarthy’s after-match comments was not needed

The answer to the question Mick McCarthy posed after his side’s 1-1 draw at Bolton is undoubtedly ‘no’.

Terry Hunt says a feeling of togetherness between fans and the club appears a million miles away at Portman Road right now.

Player watch: It’s fair to say Ipswich Town’s two Friday signings split opinion when they were unveiled.

Ipswich Town drew a scrappy Championship match 1-1 at Bolton Wanderers this afternoon. STUART WATSON gives his snap observations.

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