Town stop the rot with incredible five-star comeback
FIVE second half goals gave Ipswich their first win in eight games – potentially saving Paul Jewell’s job in the process – during an incredible 5-3 win at Oakwell.
The Sky cameras were certainly given a treat as Town turned a 2-0 half-time deficit on its head with a fantastic performance after the interval.
Skipper Keith Andrews led the way with two goals in the first four second half minutes before Danny Collins, Michael Chopra and Jason Scotland warmed the hearts of the 300-plus Blues’ fans inside Oakwell and the thousands watching at home.
Craig Davies scored his second of the game in the 88th minute to make it 5-3 but it came too late during an incredible night.
Davies opened the scoring with a penalty in the 14th minute after David Stockdale chopped down Danny Drinkwater as he ran clear.
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And it was 2-0 six minutes before the break when Ricardo Vaz Te headed in a corner at the near post – another example of Town’s frailties from set pieces.
It was no more than Barnsley deserved with Vaz Te heading over a great chance after just three minutes and Stockdale parrying over Drinkwater’s free kick from 20 yards.
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And Davies could – and should – have scored when he broke clear after Ibrahima Sonko’s terribly underhit backpass but Stockdale saved before Sonko got back to somehow clear off the line.
Town, who had a half-hearted appeal for a penalty turned down when Jimmy McNulty appeared to handle under pressure from Michael Chopra, had half chances but never seriously tested Luke Steele in the home goal, Lee Bowyer shooting wide and Lee Martin only finding the keeper’s body.
But just as everyone feared the worst over Jewell’s future – and one ‘Clegg Out’ banner was unfurled in reference to chief executive Simon – the men in blue finally showed their class.
Little over 20 seconds had elapsed in the second half when Andrews pulled a goal back, a typically accurate long range shot after Daryl Murphy’s cross was only partially cleared.
Within four minutes, it was 2-2 with Andrews notching his eighth of the season, heading home Aaron Cresswell’s cross.
The tide had well and truly turned with the confidence shown by Barnsley in the first half completely blown away.
It was only a matter of time for the third goal and Lee Martin’s deep corner was beautifully headed home by the towering Danny Collins on 65 minutes.
And it soon became four when great work by Scotland and Lee Bowyer found Chopra unmarked in the area and he clinically hit the far corner off the post.
The amazing turnaround was complete in the 82nd minute when Nathan Ellington’s accurate lay-off to Cresswell saw another deadly cross from the left-back and man of the match Jason Scotland turned it in.
There was still time for Davies to hit a scorching free kick and Ranger and Butterfield to go close but Town hung on to finally break the hoodoo.
Ipswich: Stockdale; Edwards, Sonko, Collins, Cresswell; Martin, Andrews, Bowyer, Murphy; Chopra, Scotland. Subs - Lee-Barrett, Ellington, Bullard, Wabara, Carson.
Barnsley: Steele; Hasell, Foster, McNulty, Wiseman; Vaz Te, Butterfield, Perkins, Drinkwater, O’Brien; Davies. Subs - Preece, Haynes, Done, Addison, Ranger.