Lisbie clinches win in Town debut

KEVIN Lisbie marked his first game in a Town shirt with the winner against Tony Mowbray's Premier League new boys.

Derek Davis

Ipswich Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 1

KEVIN Lisbie marked his first game in a Town shirt with the winner against Tony Mowbray's Premier League new boys.

Before the signing from Colchester United made his mark in the 89th minute it had been Miller time at Portman Road as Ishmael opened the scoring for the Baggies and Tommy levelled to maintain the Blues unbeaten pre-season campaign.

Promotion hopefuls Ipswich pretty well matched the Premier League new boys in an exhibition style game.

Ishmael Miller often got in past the centre-halves and Richard Wright blocked one shot with McAuley clearing before it rolled in.

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The Baggies number nine got the goal he had threatened five minutes before the break when he swivelled on the edge of the 'D' and hammered a shot past Wright.

A minute later Town were awarded a soft penalty when an attempted clearance from Leon Barnett deflected off Albion skipper Jonathan Greening's hand.

The ever dependable Tommy Miller buried the spot kick by sending Dean Kiely the wrong way.

Playing in blistering heat referee Mick Thorpe sensibly allowed drinks break and that seemed to revitalise the players.

Temperatures rose though when Alan Lee reacted angrily to Magilton after he slipped trying to get a pass from Shumi.

Lee wasn't happy again when he felt he had been brought down unfairly by Paul Robinson but the officials judged the defender had won the ball.

Jon Walters had been given time off by manager Jim Magilton and was in the north-west to be with his wife who is about to give birth to their second child and not, as the rumourmongers persist in claiming, joining Stoke City.

Magilton was still experimenting and teenager Tommy Smith was paired with Gareth McAuley in central defence with Pim Balkestein left back.

McAuley did make a couple of vital interceptions as Albion used their width to get balls into the area.

Pablo Counago was caught late by Greening as he made a great pass and Ipswich worked the ball well up front but couldn't find the finishing touches.

Danny Haynes hit a weak shot when he had team-mates better placed.

A wonderful second half move involving £600,000 new boy Kevin Lisbie, Alan Quinn and Counago deserved a goal but West Brom's new £3.25m signing Scott Carson saved low down.

Lisbie snatched the winner with some dogged play and beating England keeper Carson from 14 yards.

Returning Richard Wright did well to turn away a Marek Cech shot after De-Heon Kim teed him up and the Town keeper punched clear from the corner.

Ipswich Town: R Wright; D Wright (Bruce, 78) Smith, McAuley, Balkestein (Harding, 68); Haynes (Peters, 77) Shumulikoski, Miller (Garvan, 64) Quinn (Trotter, 74); Counago (Bowditch, 74) Lee (Lisbie, 64).

Subs not used: Supple.

West Brom: Kiely (Carson, 46); Hoefkens, Barnett, Clements, Robinson; Morrison, Greening, Kim (Bednar, 78) Brunt (Worrall, 68); Miller (Moore, 46) Cech (MacDonald, 60). Subs: Daniels, Bednar, Pele, Beattie, Slusarski, Hodgkiss, Tininho, Dorrens, Alliyu.

Referee: Mick Thorpe (Suffolk) Attendance: 7,189