Burnley 0 Ipswich Town 3

Ipswich Town put their first three Coca-Cola Championship points of the season on the board with a comprehensive win at Turf Moor this afternoon.

Elvin King

Burnley 0 Ipswich Town 3

Ipswich Town put their first three Coca-Cola Championship points of the season on the board with a comprehensive win at Turf Moor this afternoon.

After Richard Wright had a couple of great early saves Liam Trotter put Town ahead in the 35th minutes and two Burnley own goals completed the scoring with a clean sheet another big bonus for Town.

The match did not start until 3.50pm as a parachutist from the Red Devils regiment landed on the roof of a stand at 2.53pm, and a safety issue meant that the police enforced a delay.

Town made a host of changes from the side that won in midweek with the dropping of Danny Haynes to the substitutes' bench the biggest surprise.

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Richard Naylor started only his second league game in 18 months while Ben Thatcher (wearing the number 33 shirt) made his debut at left back after his Thursday signing and young Liam Trotter was in midfield.

Joining Haynes on the bench were Pablo Counago and Owen Garvan in a rather overcast day amid the Pennines.

As the pitch was being watered ten minutes before kick-off a parachute team landed near the centre circle. Well, six of them did.

A seventh - carrying what was going to be the match ball - landed on the roof of the stand behind one of the goals and it needed help from the Fire Brigade to eventually get him back on the ground - to delay kick-off by 50 minutes.

Having made a hole in the roof on landing the parachutist was told to sit tight and await assistance. A host of cars had to be moved before the Fire Brigade could get close to the stand - and the parachutist was still on the roof when the game eventually kicked off!

It had been a real farce and surely the longest warm-up in the history of the game.

Town were playing in all blue and defending the stand where the parachutist was still sitting on the roof in the first half.

Gudjonsson headed just wide after three minutes and soon afterwards Wright tipped a Carlisle header over the bar when it was bound for the top corner.

Trotter is on the left of midfield and Walters on the right - with Lee and Lisbie up front. In the 18th minute, Trotter had a chance to put Lisbie clear, but over-hit his pass and Jensen collected.

Both these teams began their Championship with defeats last Saturday - with Burley propping up the table before kick-off following their 4-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

But both Burnley and Town got back to winning ways in midweek when they both beat lower league opposition in the Carling Cup - Burnley winning at Bury and the Blues at home to Leyton Orient.

Eagles fires a 26th minute shot that Wright has to dive to his right to save with the home side looking busy and having the lion's share of the game.

Wright sticks out his right arm to deflect an Eagles shot for a corner in the 32nd minute. This is not cleared, and Wright does even better when he finger tips an Elliott effort on to the underside of the bar before the ball is scrambled away.

Within seconds of the parachutist being taken away on an extendable ladder, Town took the lead in the 35th minute.

Carlisle headed over his own bar, and when McAuley got his head to the ball it ran loose to TROTTER to shoot one bounce into the centre of the goal. It is the former Northgate High School's pupil's second senior goal.

In the 41st minute Town went two goals ahead. Miller put Lee into space down the right, and from the number 14's deep cross Lisbie had a shot blocked. Lisbie tried to get in another shot when Alexander put in his foot to place into the corner of the goal.

The pitch was in perfect condition - with Burnley cricket club playing a game on their home pitch behind the stand where Blues fans were congregated in considerable numbers.

After the interval, Lisbie put Lee clean through in the 54th minute, with Jensen sticking out a leg to deflect the shot and keep Burnley in the game.

Wright save long shots from McCann and Elliott and when Eagles struck a strong 66th minute cross the ball rebounded off his chest with Paterson only able to place the loose ball over the bar.

Naylor has been strong at the back and Thatcher assured at left back - with Trotter doing some fine work in midfield.

In the 81st minute Haynes has a clear shot, which is saved by the boot of Jensen, and in the 88th minute Town score a third goal.

A cross from the left sees a misunderstanding between Jordan and Jensen - with the latter sending a back header into his own net.

In the there minutes of stoppage time, Caldwell headed against the near post following a Burnley corner.

Before kick-off Town manager Jim Magilton would not confirm nor deny press reports that the Blues had agreed a fee of £500,000 to bring Fulham's German defender Maurice Voltz to Portman Road.

Voltz was set to be involved for Fulham against Hull City today.


Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Carlisle, Caldwell, Jordan, Gudjonsson (sub Akinbiyi 55 mins), McCann, Eagles (Mahon 82), Elliott, Blake (McDonald 55), Paterson. Subs: Penny, Kalvenes.

Ipswich Town: Wright; Bruce, McAuley, Naylor, Thatcher; Walters (Counago 90), Shumulikoski, Miller, Trotter (Garvan 68); Lisbie (Haynes 76), Lee. Subs: Supple, Balkestein.

Attendance: 11,312

Referee: Mr A Bates (Staffordshire) 11,312