All-time Town low as Blues endure worst ever run with Wednesday defeat
IPSWICH Town’s grim week ended with a woeful surrender in the Championship’s bottom-of-the-table clash – losing 3-0 to Sheffield Wednesday.
The dire Blues conceded a goal after 45 seconds and never recovered to endure their WORST EVER run of home defeats in their proud history – 10 games.
A week that had seen two defeats to late goals and Paul Jewell leave his job got a whole lot worse as caretaker boss Chris Hutchings watched on in horror.
Ross Barkley scored inside a minute and then doubled his – and Wednesday’s – advantage before Michail Antonio broke clear to round Stephen Henderson and add a third.
Even before the final goal, Town fans were starting to show their understandable anger with chants of ‘what a load of rubbish’ and ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’, while ‘Clegg out’ was also heard during and after the match.
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Town got off to the worst possible start after falling behind after just 45 seconds.
Antonio had room to drive a cross in from the right, Luke Hyam diverted the ball out, then blocked Lewis Buxton’s shot but the second rebound fell to Barkley who drilled his shot under Henderson.
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The Blues were shell-shocked as Wednesday did everything possible to build on their lightning-quick lead.
Antonio latched on to Carlos Edwards’ poor attempted clearance but his tame shot was comfortably held by Henderson before the dangerous winger again got the better of the Town right-back but fired just wide.
At the other end, Luke Hyam exchanged passed with Lee Martin but screwed his shot wide from a good position.
Wednesday were playing well, creating better chances, with Henderson’s punch clear only finding Chris O’Grady. The away striker turned the ball back in, Antonio headed goalwards but Danny Higginbotham cleared off the line.
Ipswich were restricted to half-chances with Aaron Cresswell particularly wasteful from dangerous-looking free-kicks.
And they almost fell further behind when Daniel Jones’ cross saw O’Grady get in between Higginbotham and Luke Chambers but head a good chance wide.
In the 45th minute, the home side finally got a shot on target.
Josh Carson, Town’s best player thus far, cut in from the right wing and only had shooting on his mind – but was unable to find a way past Chris Kirkland from 20 yards.
It had been a poor first-half, but not an insurmountable one, only for Town to plunge to new lows in what was easily their worst performance of a worrying season.
Barkley fired a decent chance just wide before giving the visitors – who hadn’t won in 10 matches – a two-goal lead in the 58th minute with a fine strike from the edge of the area as Town failed to clear.
Ipswich offered little in response, as the home fans grew audibly more restless.
Richie Wellens went close to getting on the end of good work from DJ Campbell in a rare foray from the home side.
But a comeback never looked likely. And in the 82nd minute, Wednesday made the points secure when Antonio raced onto O’Grady’s through ball to round Henderson and roll the ball into the unguarded net.