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Ipswich Town 2 Millwall 0

IPSWICH Town got back to much needed winning ways in the npower Championship after three consecutive defeats with this victory over a lively Millwall side at Portman Road on Saturday

Jason Scotland put the Blues into the lead in the fifth minute and Grant Leadbitter and Tommy Smith had further first half efforts cleared off the line.

But it was the visitors who looked the better side overall in the opening period, and they went close to scoring on a number of occasions.

Grant Leadbitter extended Town’s lead from the penalty spot in the 56th minute of an entertaining contest. This was after the lively Tamas Priskin had been fouled by Danny Shittu.

Both sides could have scored after that in a thrilling contest with Damien Delaney hitting the bar and then both Tommy Smith and Gareth McAuley clearing off the line.

Ipswich made two changes from the side that beat Northampton Town 3-1 in the Carling Cup on Tuesday with Fulop returning in place of Murphy in goal. Colback, who was cup tied against the Cobblers came in to play on the left side of midfield at the expense of Townsend.

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Skipper Norris and fellow midfield Leadbitter, who both picked up knocks in midweek, were fit enough to start while fit-again Wickham was named on the bench where he was joined by Tottenham loanees Livermore and Townsend and Peters, who if he came on would be chalking up his 100th Town appearance.

Former Blues players Trotter and Barron were given good receptions by Ipswich supporters with Millwall looking for revenge after losing to Town in the third road of the Carling Cup at the Den in September.

Lisbie, who is on a season-long loan from Ipswich to Millwall, was not allowed to feature in the terms of the deal.

The lunchtime draw for the quarter-final sees the Blues at home to West Brom either on Tuesday November 30 or Wednesday November 1 – a good tie for the Suffolk-based club who are the only non-Premier League side left in the competition.

It was a perfect day for football with a warm sun shining at the start and hardly a breath of wind.

Within a minute, Scotland put Priskin through, but his angled low shot went into the near side netting and didn’t trouble Forde.

Town got off to just the start they needed in the fifth minute. Priskin’s enterprising run was followed by a right wing cross by Edwards. P Robinson should have dealt with the ball but let it slip beyond him with Scotland completing the formality of firing the ball into the net when unmarked 10 yards out and right in front of goal.

It was only Town’s second first half goal of their league season, and by the same scorer who now has five to his name – joint leading scorer with Norris.

Five minutes later the visitors attacked down the right with Dunne free to cross – McAuley just getting ahead of Morison to clear from in front of goal.

Fulop had dive full length to his right to save from Henry after a good head-down by Morison in the 20th minute as the Lions showed that they were still very much in this match.

A minute later Fulop lost his bearings following a corner, and from P Robinson’s angled lob Colback had to head off his own goal line.

Eastman then had to put in a majestic tackle on T Robinson right in front of goal, Morison was incensed when he was pulled up for a foul when both he and Smith went down as a dangerous ball came over from the left in the 23rd minute.

Morison was adamant that he had been fouled but the referee said no penalty. Leadbitter then handled the ball in the area and the referee judged it to be ball to hand as it came off the turf and no spot kick.

Ipswich were living dangerously and unable to get out of their own half with Millwall much the better team.

Delaney stooped to head a Leadbitter 40th minute corner wide when unmarked as Ipswich found their feet again.

A minute later Henry headed off the line following a shot by Leadbitter following a neat free-kick, and from the resultant corner, Smith got in a bullet header that was this time cleared from the line by Henry standing by the post.

P Robinson was unmarked in front of goal following a wonderful Abdou cross in first half stoppage time, but sent his effort wide when he should have netter.

In the 49th minute Ipswich had a great chance to extend their lead when they broke from a Millwall corner for Edwards to put Colback free with a superb pass. The Sunderland loanee missed the keeper’s right hand post by a foot with only Forde to beat.

Ipswich did score again seven minutes later. Priskin turned Shittu as he ran into the box along the by-line. The Town striker went sprawling and the referee upset the visitors by pointing to the spot. Leadbitter took the kick and his shot was touched by a diving Forde to squeeze into the net off the keeper’s left hand post.

On the hour, Norris put Scotland through in this eventful game with the striker’s low shot hitting the exposed Forde.

McAuley denied substitute Marquis an equaliser in the 69th minute with a last ditch block with Millwall still moving forward with purpose.

Delaney glanced a long throw by Edwards on to the Millwall bar in the 74th minute as the goalmouth action continued apace.

Norris had been limping for some while before he was replaced by Livermore with 10 minutes to go.

In the 85th minute, Smith cleared off the line after Henry had placed the ball beyond Fulop and within seconds McAuley hooked away from inside the six-yard box after Morison’s close range effort had beaten the Town keeper.

In stoppage time, Wickham was twice denied by Forde - the second time seeing Livermore strike the post from the rebound and then somehow shooting over on open goal.

Teams

Ipswich Town: Fulop; Eastman, McAuley, Delaney, Smith; Edwards, Leadbitter, Norris (Livermore 80), Colback; Scotland (Murray 70), Priskin (Wickham 65). Substitutes: Murphy, Brown, Peters, Townsend.

Millwall: Forde; Dunne, Shittu, P Robinson, Barron; Henry, Trotter, Abdou (Carter 53), Schofield; T Robinson (Marquis 53), Morison. Substitutes: Mildenhall, Hackett, Craig, Ward, Laird.

Referee: Mr K Friend (Leicestershire)

Attendance: 19,020 (1,262 Millwall).

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IPSWICH TOWN v MILLWALL

MATCH RATINGS

Ipswich Town: Fulop 6; Eastman 7, McAuley 6, Delaney 6, Smith 7; Edwards 7, Leadbitter 7, Norris 7, Colback 5; Scotland 7, Priskin 7.

Millwall: Forde 6; Dunne 6, Shittu 7, P Robinson 5, Barron 6; Henry 6, Trotter 6, Abdou 7, Schofield 6; T Robinson 6, Morison 7.

MATCH STATS

Ipswich Town 2

Goals: Scotland 5, Leadbitter (pen) 56.

Bookings: -

Sent off: -

Shots on target: 8

Shots off target: 8

Woodwork: 1

Corners: 8

Free-kicks conceded (including off sides): 17

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Millwall 0

Goals: -

Bookings: Dunne 88

Sent off: -

Shots on target: 6

Shots off target: 9

Woodwork: -

Corners: 8

Free-kicks conceded (including off sides): 12

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