Andrews gives Town three precious points
KEITH Andrews ended a horrendous 10 days for Ipswich Town Football Club with a 89th minute winner to give the Blues a 2-1 win over Leeds United.
Andrews hit a heavily-deflected 25-yard shot over the helpless Andy Lonergan to give Ipswich three precious points.
There was more than an air of fortune about the winner but manager Paul Jewell and the fantastic home support will feel they have deserved that.
But it looked for a long time as Ipswich would get nothing with the home side finding chances hard to come by after falling behind to Ross McCormack’s first half header.
But Jason Scotland struck a fantastic equaliser out of nothing with 13 minutes remaining. The sub controlled with his back to goal before expertly turning and firing a low shot into the far corner.
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Leeds were reduced to 10 men in the 48th minute when a hopeful punt from Grant Leadbitter led to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas outpacing and outmuscling full-back Aidan White.
The defender wrestled him to the ground for a free kick just outside the area and his marching orders.
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It was just the lift the majority inside Portman Road needed.
In a game of few chances, McCormack had opened the scoring for Leeds in the 36th minute, having far too much time in the area to head beyond the stranded David Stockdale to open the scoring.
In fact, Town were again indebted to Stockdale who denied McCormack on two occasions as Leeds took control.
All the home side offered were half chances with debutant Ibrahima Sonko heading over.
Leeds looked to grab an equaliser in the five minutes of injury time but the safe hands of Stockdale and the commanding presence of Sonko gave Ipswich all three points.
Ipswich Town: Stockdale; Edwards, Sonko, Delaney, Cresswell; Kennedy; Emmanuel-Thomas, Leadbitter, Andrews; Murphy, Chopra. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Scotland, Bullard, Carson, Ainsley.
Leeds United: Lonergan; Lees, Kisnorbo, O’Dea, White; Snodgrass, Clayton, Howson, Gradel; McCormack, Keogh. Subs: O’Brien, Sam, Rachubka, Nunez, Thompson