It's Miller time as Tommy earns late win

By ELVIN KINGIpswich Town 3 Scunthorpe United 2A STUNNING free-kick from substitute Tommy Miller in the 83rd minute won Ipswich Town the Coca-Cola Championship points at Portman Road this afternoon.

By ELVIN KING

Ipswich Town 3 Scunthorpe United 2

A STUNNING free-kick from substitute Tommy Miller in the 83rd minute won Ipswich Town the Coca-Cola Championship points at Portman Road this afternoon.

This moved them into the play-off places, but it was not a vintage home performance by Jim Magilton's side.

On a weekend when English football falls under the spell of Fabio Capello, there was little example of Italian-style defending by either side with the Blues all over the place at times at the back.

But they scored three times and could have had more with Pablo Counago striking the bar in the first period.

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Martin Paterson capitalised on Town's errors to score two well-taken goals for the visitors in the 15th and 33rd minutes, while Counago (18 mins) and Owen Garvan (21 mins) were the Ipswich first half marksmen.

Ipswich named an unchanged side from the one that beat ten-man Leicester City 3-1 in midweek. On the bench there were three changes with Supple and Miller returning after illness and Bruce after injury.

Legwinski, who injured his ankle in training on Thursday, Casement and Rhodes dropped down after being non-used substitutes against the Foxes.

Harding was again left out of the final squad, while Roberts - back from suspension - was not named in the squad at all.

Town were looking for the 14th home win in their last 15 matches, with the only points dropped in that run being a 0-0 draw with Barnsley a fortnight ago.

Scunthorpe last played at Portman Road in a league match in 1960, and they had never tasted victory on Suffolk soil in four visits - the last one in the Littlewoods Cup.

They were without the suspended Sparrow and Youga, and were promoted last season under the management of former club physio Adkins.

The home side kicked off attacking the goal at the South Stand end with Haynes on the right of midfield and Walters on the left.

Murphy had to run nearly all the way to the touchline to head a long ball forward for a throw-in, with Ipswich yet to show any cohesion and giving no indication that would threaten the keeper's goal.

But Scunthorpe had other ideas and they opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Morris tried his luck from 25-yards and his left-footed thunderbolt beat Alexander and bounced down off the underside of the bar.

The ball must have come close to crossing the line, but there was no flag from the assistant referee. PATERSON followed up like a good striker should and converted the rebound beating the covering Wright and netting under the foot of the home keeper.

And when G Williams chipped a 21st minute free-kick beyond the far post, the Blues notched an equaliser. De Vos stretched to play the ball back into the six-yard box where COUNAGO found the net despite the attentions of the keeper and a defender.

It was the Spaniard's tenth goal of the campaign and was a timely contribution to stop the visitors getting a strong foothold in the game.

Sloppy defending saw Sito clear from in front of his own goal, and when Hayes slammed in a 12-yard shot it needed a strong block by Wilnis to deny the visiting number nine.

In the 22nd minute, however, Ipswich took the lead with Garvan's second goal of the season. Counago was the provider when he had time to slip a neat pass forward. GARVAN ran clear of the defence to round Murphy and score with his right foot from a tight angle, curling the ball across a defender on the line and just inside the far post.

Although still a bit shaky at the back, Ipswich were now lively going forward and in the 24th minute almost scored a brilliant third goal. Counago and Walters combined, and from the latter's pull-back, Counago drove a left-footed thunderbolt smack against the bar.

Ipswich were hit be a blow in the 33rd minute when Scunthorpe levelled. G Williams was caught in possession when trying to dribble ten yards outside the home penalty area, and the ball fell to PATERSON.

He was free to run clear and send Alexander the wrong way with confident finish sending the ball low just inside the keeper's right-hand post.

Home fans were getting frustrated with Town's inability to gain any control at the back, and one or two Scunthorpe players were showing no little skill. Half-time:

Ipswich Town 2 Scunthorpe United 2

There had been no changes for the second period, and the Blues were still looking ragged at the back and none too convincing most of the time going forward.

They enjoyed some lengthy attacking play that resulted in Haynes having sight of goal but shooting wide with his right foot from 16-yards in the 52nd minute.

Two minutes later Alexander was scrambling across his goal to fingertip away a deft header from Hurst, and as play continued to go from end to end, Counago went down after twisting and turning inside the penalty area.

The referee, well placed, waved play on, and there were jeers from Town fans when Butler went down in what was possibly a case of early time wasting.

Miller came running on in the 58th minute to replace G Williams, with the defending by the Blues players still leaving a great deal to be desired.

There was little cohesion and it was a messy period of the game although there was a strong suggestion that more goals would follow.

In the 67th minute, Walters' cross from the right was headed back into the danger zoned by Lee, and Counago was close to getting a decisive touch. The Spaniard and Butler exchanged words and there was some gesturing and pointing before the game was back in motion.

Butler had to give up his attempts to carry on and he was replaced by Taylor after 71 minutes with Baraclough moving into central defence.

Clarke came on for Haynes, and De Vos climbed high to meet a Miller corner in the 80th minute to send his header on to the top of the net.

In the 83rd minute MILLER scored his third goal of the season to put Ipswich Town back into the lead. M Williams handled the ball, and it was spotted by one of the referee's assistants.

Miller took aim once Mr Singh had settled the wall ten yards back, and sent a splendidly directed free-kick around the wall and low into the far corner of the goal.

All of a sudden Portman Road came to life and the atmosphere changed from one of frustration to one of joy.

Scunthorpe responded by taking off Hayes and Paterson off and replacing them with Ameobi and Forte.

In the 90th minute the busy Garvan glided into space down the left flank and saw his deflected shot go a foot wide of the far post. Result:

Ipswich Town 3 Scunthorpe United 2

Attendance: 19,306

The home side kicked off attacking the goal at the South Stand end with Haynes on the right of midfield and Walters on the left.

Murphy had to run nearly all the way to the touchline to head a long ball forward for a throw-in, with Ipswich yet to show any cohesion and giving no indication that would threaten the keeper's goal.

But Scunthorpe had other ideas and they opened the scoring in the 15th minute. Morris tried his luck from 25-yards and his left-footed thunderbolt beat Alexander and bounced down off the underside of the bar.

The ball must have come close to crossing the line, but there was no flag from the assistant referee. PATERSON followed up like a good striker should and converted the rebound beating the covering Wright and netting under the foot of the home keeper.

And when G Williams chipped a 21st minute free-kick beyond the far post, the Blues notched an equaliser. De Vos stretched to play the ball back into the six-yard box where COUNAGO found the net despite the attentions of the keeper and a defender.

It was the Spaniard's tenth goal of the campaign and was a timely contribution to stop the visitors getting a strong foothold in the game.

Sloppy defending saw Sito clear from in front of his own goal, and when Hayes slammed in a 12-yard shot it needed a strong block by Wilnis to deny the visiting number nine.

In the 22nd minute, however, Ipswich took the lead with Garvan's second goal of the season. Counago was the provider when he had time to slip a neat pass forward. GARVAN ran clear of the defence to round Murphy and score with his right foot from a tight angle, curling the ball across a defender on the line and just inside the far post.

Although still a bit shaky at the back, Ipswich were now lively going forward and in the 24th minute almost scored a brilliant third goal. Counago and Walters combined, and from the latter's pull-back, Counago drove a left-footed thunderbolt smack against the bar.

Ipswich were hit be a blow in the 33rd minute when Scunthorpe levelled. G Williams was caught in possession when trying to dribble ten yards outside the home penalty area, and the ball fell to PATERSON.

He was free to run clear and send Alexander the wrong way with confident finish sending the ball low just inside the keeper's right-hand post.

Home fans were getting frustrated with Town's inability to gain any control at the back, and one or two Scunthorpe players were showing no little skill. Half-time:

Ipswich Town 2 Scunthorpe United 2

There had been no changes for the second period, and the Blues were still looking ragged at the back and none too convincing most of the time going forward.

They enjoyed some lengthy attacking play that resulted in Haynes having sight of goal but shooting wide with his right foot from 16-yards in the 52nd minute.

Two minutes later Alexander was scrambling across his goal to fingertip away a deft header from Hurst, and as play continued to go from end to end, Counago went down after twisting and turning inside the penalty area.

The referee, well placed, waved play on, and there were jeers from Town fans when Butler went down in what was possibly a case of early time wasting.

Miller came running on in the 58th minute to replace G Williams, with the defending by the Blues players still leaving a great deal to be desired.

There was little cohesion and it was a messy period of the game although there was a strong suggestion that more goals would follow.

In the 67th minute, Walters' cross from the right was headed back into the danger zoned by Lee, and Counago was close to getting a decisive touch. The Spaniard and Butler exchanged words and there was some gesturing and pointing before the game was back in motion.

Butler had to give up his attempts to carry on and he was replaced by Taylor after 71 minutes with Baraclough moving into central defence.

Clarke came on for Haynes, and De Vos climbed high to meet a Miller corner in the 80th minute to send his header on to the top of the net.

In the 83rd minute MILLER scored his third goal of the season to put Ipswich Town back into the lead. M Williams handled the ball, and it was spotted by one of the referee's assistants.

Miller took aim once Mr Singh had settled the wall ten yards back, and sent a splendidly directed free-kick around the wall and low into the far corner of the goal.

All of a sudden Portman Road came to life and the atmosphere changed from one of frustration to one of joy.

Scunthorpe responded by taking off Hayes and Paterson off and replacing them with Ameobi and Forte.

In the 90th minute the busy Garvan glided into space down the left flank and saw his deflected shot go a foot wide of the far post. Result:

Ipswich Town 3 Scunthorpe United 2

Attendance: 19,306

Teams

Ipswich Town: Alexander; Wright, Wilnis, De Vos, Sito; Haynes, Garvan, G Williams, Walters; Counago, Lee. Subs: Supple, Bruce, Miller, Trotter, Clarke.

Scunthorpe United: Murphy; Cork, Crosby, Butler, M Williams; Hayes, Goodwin, Barraclough, Hurst; Morris, Paterson. Subs: Lillis, Mulligan, Taylor, Forte, Ameobi.

Referee: Mr J Singh (Middlesex)

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