Town hit Orient for four
THIS was much more like it.Confident, competent and creativity combined with a cutting edge.
Ipswich Town 4 Leyton Orient 1
THIS was much more like it.
Confident, competent and creativity combined with a cutting edge.
If the Blues can now reproduce this in the Championship then promotion will be a real possibility.
Sadly it was against a league one side that could not cope with Town's pace and movement and Danny Haynes in particular.
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It looked as if Martin Lings' side were going to be given every opportunity to provide a cup upset as Jim Magilton made eight changes from the 2-1 defeat by Preston and the Londoners had a chance cleared off the line in the opening three minutes.
But Magilton's gamble paid off as they destroyed the League One side, with the same starting XI that beat Hereford 2-1 on Saturday.
The Blues were three up at half-time with two goals from Danny Haynes, with Tommy Miller squeezing one in between his brace.
Alan Lee made it four two minutes after the break, although moments later Adam Boyd made it two in two games for Orient to pull one back after a mistake by Pim Balkestein.
The comfortable lead allowed Magilton the luxury of giving David Morris a half hour run out as he returns from a foot problem and after missing the second half of the pre-season Jon Walters got a good 70 minutes.
Town fans will have been relieved to see Walters still in a Blues shirt and while clearly short of match fitness he worked hard and helped create the opening goal after 20 minutes.
Walters won the ball with an old-fashioned shoulder barge and played it long for Haynes.
The speedster got the better of Tamika Mkandawire and hit a low shot that keeper Glenn Morris should have done much better with but instead it went in off him at his near post.
More dreadful defending and goalkeeping came two minutes later for the second goal.
Chris Casement delivered the ball in and Brian Saah Saah made poor header, keeper only punched clear as far as Tommy Miller who showed great control and expertise to volley in from 20 yards.
After knocking in four from the spot in pre-season, this showed that Miller doesn't just score penalties.
Morris redeemed himself with a good stop to deny Walters who really should have done better in a one on one, maybe Stoke won't want to buy him now.
The Orient keeper could not do much about Town's third a couple of minutes before the break.
Alan Lee laid the ball in front of Haynes cutting in from the left flank and his pace allowed him a clear run and he finished with the outside of his right foot to effectively make it game over.
The fourth came two minutes after the break when Alan Quinn put in an excellent cross for Lee to guide a header past the keeper to maybe add a few quid on his transfer value.
Sadly, the defensive errors were still evident and Balkestein produced a weak back-header that allowed Boyd to pounce and lift the ball past a stranded Shane Supple.
That sullied an otherwise excellent night's football from a side that looked hungrier and more cohesive than Saturday's team of which only three started again.
Haynes, along with Quinn, was criticised by for not doing enough to help out defensively after Saturday's loss, but showed he can do the hard work and did well to quell the threat of Danny Granville and Jason Demetriou coming down their left.
Granville did get away from Casement at a corner and he who owes Alan Quinn a huge drink for clearing off the line.
Granville then did his job at the back and deflected a Haynes shot over the bar.
Casement made up for that a little with some excellent covering back to take away a chance for Ryan Jarvis.
Good build up involving Quinn Trotter Haynes Walters but Trotter over the bar 20 yards
Balkestein hit a 30-yards out over bar and into the top tier of the Greene King Stand, prompting a chorus of the rugby song 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'.
Trotter was much closer with a 25-yard drive, while Haynes tested the keeper from even further rout with an angled shot that was palmed away.
Kevin Lisbie was denied in a one on one by the keeper and perhaps Town should have added to the scoreline but they will take this in what could be the start of a cup run at long last.