A dramatic extra-time winner and two red cards... but Ipswich Town sneak through to round two

Joe Fairs is representing Ipswich Town in the Football Manager Cup. Picture: FOOTBALL MANAGER

Joe Fairs is representing Ipswich Town in the Football Manager Cup. Picture: FOOTBALL MANAGER - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town are through to the second round of the Football Manager Cup despite finishing their tie against Port Vale with just nine men.

Joe Fairs is taking charge of Ipswich Town in the Football Manager Cup. Picture; JOE FAIRS

Joe Fairs is taking charge of Ipswich Town in the Football Manager Cup. Picture; JOE FAIRS - Credit: Archant

The Blues, bossed by Joe Fairs in the virtual tournament, were favourites heading into the game but needed extra-time to squeeze past their League Two opposition.

Emyr Huws and James Norwood scored Ipswich’s goals as regulation ended in a 2-2 draw, before the game headed to extra-time with the Blues down to 10 men following Flynn Downes’ red card.

Substitute Jon Nolan stepped up to slot home a penalty to ultimately win the game before himself being sent off. Ipswich held on, though, to take their place in round two.

MORE: Meet the multiple Champions League winner hoping to lead Ipswich Town to gloryBoss Fairs, a multiple-Champions League winner on the cult computer game, tweeted after the game: “Delighted to have won my 1st round tie in the EFL @FootballManager Cup against @OfficialPVFC. A great game against @hotspudman.

“I was very nervous at 2-2 after Downes had been sent off, but relieved to be in the hat for Round 2! #ITFC.”

A total of 54 EFL teams are entered into the tournament, with the second round draw being made once the first is completed.