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Kings of Anglia Issue 8 Magazine Offer

Town claim impressive away win

PUBLISHED: 17:24 17 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:07 15 March 2010

IPSWICH Town turned on the style to beat Crystal Palace comprehensively at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

IPSWICH Town turned on the style to beat Crystal Palace comprehensively at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

They have now won five away Coca-Cola Championship games and are unbeaten in their last four matches.

Town took the lead in the 19th minute through Owen Garvan and David Norris added a second after 28 minutes. Alan Lee netted a controversial goal three minutes later with substitute Kevin Lisbie adding to Town's score in the 69th minute. An own goal from Clint Hill following's 88th minute put the gloss on a good Town day in south London.

Town made three changes with Ben Thatcher going down ill and Kevin Lisbie on the bench. Ivan Campo was also missing after picking up a serious calf injury last Saturday.

Pim Balkestein came in to play at the back along with Dan Harding, who was making his first Town appearance since Barnsley at Oakwell last March. Garvan came back into midfield to make his first start since Norwich early last month.

Moritz Volz failed a fitness on a muscle injury, with Palace including ex-Town striker Alan Lee and having another former Ipswich front man, Shefki Kuqi, on the bench.

It was milder afternoon than in recent weeks with Town playing in their all-red strip with precious little atmosphere in the ground at the start. And with both teams sparring away in the opening stages the occasion had the feel of an end-of-season encounter.

It came as a surprise when Town took the lead in the 19th minute after a foul by Hill on Counago. While the Spaniard was off the field receiving treatment, GARVAN curled in a low free-kick with his left foot from the right wing.

McAuley jumped over the ball and it rolled across the helpless Speroni and into the net at the far post. It was Garvan's sixth goal of the season.

Three minutes later Lee got his head to a cross, and the ball just missed the post with Scannell just unable to get a touch. It was Town's first scare as they looked to protect their rather fortunate lead.

Oster tried a shot in the 27th minute after a neat Palace build-up that caused Wright to make a diving save - and just as importantly hang on to the ball.

In the next minute Ipswich went two goals ahead following a long ball forward by Harding. There was a call for offside on Counago as the Town number nine ran forward. The Spaniard turned near the by-line and pulled the ball back perfectly for the on-rushing NORRIS to control and shoot low beyond the keeper in one neat movement for his second goal of the season.

There were no controversial celebrations by Norris this time - unlike his previous goal at Blackpool - just a big huddle with his team mates in front of delighted Town fans.

The 31st minute saw the home side pull a goal back - after the referee spoke to an assistant who had his flag raised. LEE'S looping header after a cross from the right beat Wright with Fonte looking as though he may have got a touch and being credited with the goal by the stadium announcer.

Town's players were incensed when the referee awarded a goal after his lengthy chat with his assistant who felt that a home player was offside and interfering with play.

Wright plucked Lee's backward header from under the bar, but Town were still breaking with a certain amount of menace. Ifill sent a screamer a foot wide in the three minutes of first half stoppage time.

Within seconds of coming on Butterfield just missed the target with a 20-yard shot that rippled the side netting.

In the 53rd minute Town had a let-off when Carle went down right in front of goal under a challenge from behind by Miller. Palace's claims for a spot kick were ignored by the referee after the Town defence had been opened up.

Nine minutes later Speroni mis-judged Garvan's free kick and Palace were lucky that the ball bounced kindly for them and in the 64th minute Speroni dived at Walters' feet after a slick return pass by Counago.

Ipswich went further ahead in the 69th minute after Stead had fed Walters down the right. Walters cut inside and pulled the ball back for LISBIE to side foot low into the net off the far post. It was Lisbie's seventh goal of the season.

In the 73rd minute, Wright saved Town with a smart block after a low shot from an unmarked Ifill. With nine minutes left, McAuley slipped up and Wright blocked Kuqi's close range effort at the near post. From the corner, Harding headed a powerful Kuqi header off the line.

Garvan's corner in the 88th minute was challenged for by McAuley - with the ball appearing to go into the net off Hill.

Wright made a couple of good late saves but Ipswich ran out very worthy victors.

Teams

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Clyne, Fonte, Lawrence (sub Butterfield 46 mins), Hill; Derry, Oster (Djilali 82), Carle; Ifill, Lee, Scannell (Kuqi 63). Substitutes: Hills, Danns.

Ipswich Town: Wright; Bruce, McAuley, Balkestein, Harding; Haynes (Lisbie 65), Garvan, Miller, Norris; Walters (Quinn 90), Counago (Stead 65). Substitutes: Supple, Shumlikoski.

Referee: Mr C Penton (Sussex)

Attendance: 15,348 (1,449 Ipswich)

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