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Monday, February 07, 2011

Big Match Review - Ipswich 3 Sheffield United 0

Ipswich Town 3-0 Sheffield United
Saturday February 5, Portman Road, (Att: 18,280)

Ipswich made it three league wins on the bounce under new boss Paul Jewell with a comfortable victory over a beleaguered Sheffield United side.

The home side took the lead just before the hour mark when Damien Delaney powered a header from Jimmy Bullard's outswinging free kick past Steve Simonsen.

Goalscorer than turned provider early on in the second half as Delaney's ball into the box was acrobatically volleyed in from close range by David Norris for 2-0.

The Tractor Boys were dominant, and almost stretched their lead when a long ball over the top caught out the United back line, but Tamas Priskin's shot came back off a post.

The same man was then brought to the ground in the area by Shane Lowry to hand the Suffolk outfit a penalty, but Simonsen was equal to Grant Leadbitter's spot kick.

However, they weren't to be denied a third - and it came in some style. Teenage sensation Connor Wickham's sensational run from inside his own half saw him beat half the Blades team before slipping the ball home.

Things then went from bad to worse for Micky Adams's visitors with two sending offs in as many minutes.

First, Rob Kozluk was given his marching orders for an off-the-ball incident with Lee Martin.

Incensed at the decision, Lee Williamson then earned himself a second yellow card for dissent to complete the Yorkshire side's miserable afternoon.

The result lifts Ipswich up to 14th in the division, the Blades, however, now lie four points from safety.

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