Ipswich Town crash to sixth straight defeat after Burnley thrashing
WOEFUL Ipswich Town were thrashed 4-0 by rampant Burnley in a defeat which poses serious questions over Paul Jewell’s side.
The Suffolk side were totally outclassed at Turf Moor and in the end could have been leaving Lancashire with an even bigger defeat.
In front of more than 300 brave Town fans who made the long trip and who will get back to Ipswich at about 3am, Jewell’s side simply lacked any passion or desire.
Sam Vokes nodded in the first before Chris McCann doubled the tally in first half stoppage time.
It became a matter of how many and McCann burst clear to score a third in the 66th minute before the impressive Jay Rodriguez capped a great night for the Clarets and a perfect birthday for manager Eddie Howe.
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The home side were totally dominant in the opening 45 minutes and, in truth, it could have been more but for some smart keeping from Arran Lee-Barrett.
The keeper saved brilliantly twice from Rodriguez before Burnley took the lead in the 33rd minute when Keith Treacy’s near post corner was headed home by Vokes.
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The home side smelt blood and carved out a number of chances before doubling their advantage when Junior Stanislas tricked his way past Aaron Cresswell before crossing low for Chris McCann to tap home.
The best Town could offer was a Keith Andrews’ header comfortably gathered by Lee Grant with the visitors’ woes deepening with Daryl Murphy coming off, seemingly injured, and Jason Scotland on.
Jewell brought on Josh Carson and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas for the ineffectual Mark Kennedy and Lee Bowyer at half-time, but it made little difference.
Treacy would have added a third but for Carson’s fantastic last-ditch tackle but McCann was soon allowed to burst through the Town midfield before firing past the stranded Lee-Barrett.
Rodriguez got a deserved fourth as Ipswich crumbled, heaping the pressure on the beleaguered Jewell.
Ipswich: Lee-Barrett; Edwards, Ingimarsson, Collins, Cresswell; Bowyer (Emmanuel-Thomas 46), Kennedy (Carson 46), Bullard, Andrews; Murphy (Scotland 38), Chopra. Subs - Cropper, Sonko.
Burnley: Grant; Trippier, Duff, Edgar, Mee; Treacy, McCann, Bartley (Marney 50), Stanislas; Vokes (Hines 80), Rodriguez (McDonald 82). Subs: Stewart, Marney, Easton.