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22:20 4th November 2014

Uncharacteristic Errors

Ipswich Town 2 (Murphy 35, 59)

Wolves 1 (Henry 53)

Wolves slipped to their third League defeat of the season after a disappointing display at Portman Road with uncharacteristic individual errors proving costly.

Kenny Jackett made two changes recalling Bakary Sako and Dave Edwards in place of Liam McAlinden and Michael Jacobs who were both named as substitutes.

Close on a thousand supporters made the long trek to Suffolk and they were reunited with four familiar faces in Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy, his assistant Terry Connor and, on the pitch, defender Christophe Berra and midfielder Stephen Hunt.

With just a minute gone Matt Doherty slipped on the greasy surface as he attempted to clear leaving Daryl Murphy with a clear run at goal. He cut into the left of the box and hit an angled drive that Carl Ikeme dived to save at his near post. Doherty was able to resume after brief treatment.

Then Hunt’s cross from the right landed between Danny Batth and Murphy and it was the Wolves man that scrambled clear after a few anxious seconds.

Murphy was too high with a shot from 25-yards before Sako saw his effort blocked at close quarters after he had taken a return pass from Leon Clarke. 

Edwards, who had received treatment after picking up a knock moments earlier, limped out of the action in the 14th minute to be replaced by Jacobs. 

The Wolves goal had a lucky escape a minute later as Ikeme ‘lost’ a cross from Kevin Bru. David McGoldrick was just six-yards out and he looked certain to score as he hooked the ball towards goal but Ethan Ebanks-Landell managed to deflect it wide.

Hunt’s short cross presented Jay Tabb with a clear shot at goal but from inside the six-yard box he failed to make a solid contact as he slid in and Ikeme was able to save.

Luk Hyam was then booked for felling Doherty to the right of the home area. Sako’s free-kick was blocked and the resultant corner was cleared. Then it was Doherty’s turn to see yellow after catching Murphy with a high kick.

A mistake by Kevin McDonald led to Ipswich taking a 35th minute lead. The midfielder took too long in clearing the ball from inside his area and Murphy grabbed possession, turned and curled a shot into the far side of the net. Ikeme got his fingertips to the ball but he couldn’t keep it out.

Berra headed narrowly over the bar following a Hunt corner before, in first half stoppage time, Jacobs looked to be through on goal before going down under a challenge from Tommy Smith. The referee waved play on and there were no penalty appeals from the Wolves team.

There was still time for a Hunt free-kick just outside the visitors box and with everyone expecting him to curl the ball towards goal, he instead squared a pass to McGoldrick on the far side of the area and Ikeme got down to save his low shot.

Half-Time: Town 1 Wolves 0

Two minutes into the new half Sako had a chance of equalising as he sprinted into the left of the home area but he held his head in despair after shooting high over the bar.

Lee Evans hit a shot from 25-yards that took a deflection and went behind leading to Wolves pulling level in the 53rd minute. Batth got a head to James Henry’s flag-kick and Tyrone Mings then headed clear.  

The ball was played back to Henry wide on the right and his curling cross deceived everyone including home keeper Bartosz Bialkowski as it nestled in the far corner of the net.

After Clarke had fouled Hunt to the right of the Wolves area, the Irish midfielder’s free-kick saw the ball bouncing around the goalmouth before it was eventually cleared.

Clarke then, at full stretch, diverted the ball inches wide of the far post after Sako had planted a deep cross into Bialkowski’s box.

From a Wolves attack a mistake by Evans saw Town regain the lead in the 59th minute. His misdirected pass went straight to McGoldrick who sent Murphy on an unchallenged run at goal and he kept his nerve chipping the ball over Ikeme from the edge of the box.

Three minutes later Doherty was no more than a foot away from an equaliser as he ran into the Ipswich area and curled a low shot just wide of the far post.

Town almost grabbed a fortuitous third when Ebanks-Blake’s attempted clearance struck team-mate Batth and flew across the face of goal and narrowly wide.

Then Bru was close with a long range effort that took one bounce before skidding wide of the post.

Both sides made changes in the closing stages and, for Wolves, McAlinden went on for Jacobs and Rajiv van La Parra for Henry.

Wanderers piled on the pressure in the dying minutes and a long throw from Sako was followed by a scramble in the home goalmouth before Luke Chambers went into the book for fouling Sako just outside the box.

Sako’s free-kick was only cleared with difficulty before two more bookings deep into stoppage time, to Bru and Clarke, came just before the final whistle.

Town: Bialkowski, Mings, Chambers (capt), Smith, Berra, Murphy, McGoldrick (Sammon 90), Hunt (Anderson 76), Bru, Tabb (Ambrose 79), Hyam.

Unused subs: Crowe, Bajner, Hewitt, Henshall.

Bookings: Hyam (27 – foul), Chambers (90+1 – foul), Bru (90+4 – foul).

Wolves: Ikeme, Doherty, Rowe, Sako, Batth (capt), Ebanks-Landell, Henry (van La Parra 82), Evans, Clarke Edwards (Jacobs 14) (McAlinden 79), McDonald.

Unused subs: Kuszczak, Stearman, Saville, Ricketts.

Bookings: Doherty (30 – high kick), Clarke (90=5).

Referee: A. Madley.

Attendance: 17,267 (948 Wolves supporters).


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