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September 15, 2006

Ipswich Town 2 Coventry City 1

Our local side Coventry City continued their away day blues as they fell to defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town. City were unusually under par, but looked like heading back to the midlands with a point until Town sub Billy Clarke popped up to score the winner.

Unsurprisingly Mickey Adams stuck with the same side that had trounced Norwich 3-0 at the weekend with Leon McKenzie, who had been forced to miss the game against his former side, only making the bench.

It was the Sky Blues who had the first real chance of the game when Kevin Kyle somehow managed to head a Marcus Hall cross wide whilst unmarked in front of goal. However, Ipswich missed an equally good chances a few minutes later when Gavin Williams failed to connect with Alan Lee’s pull back.

On 21 minutes a well worked Coventry free kick almost let in Kyle again, however this was a rarity and for much of the half John and Kyle failed to trouble the Ipswich defense. At the other end Town had a couple of half chances, but at half time the score was, probably fairly, 0-0.

After half time the Sky Blues came flying out of the traps with Stern John putting an effort wide. However moments later Ipswich were in front. Walton and Macken combined together on the right, before the ball was crossed in for Mark Noble to tuck into the net.

The goal came at an excellent time for Ipswich who had looked a little shakey after the break. For the next ten minutes or so the play was all with Ipswich with Noble in particular finding a lot of space.

On 61 McKenzie came on for Whing to make his debut and Coventry switched to a 3-4-3 formation. Immediately the tide began to turn with the Sky Blues creating a succession of chances, the best being a Kevin Thornton free kick which hit the bar.

Coventry were making good use of Ipswich’s obvious lack of width and on 72 they got the breakthrough. Following a corner Leon McKenzie found himself with space in the box to cross to an unmarked Elliot Ward who slotted cooly home.

At this point however, Coventry seemed to settle for the point and Ipswich started to regain the initiative. On 80 Billy Clarke replaced the flagging Macken for the home side and within moments he had put his side into the lead.

After receiving the ball just past the half way line the young striker ran and unleashed a firm effort towards goal, which whilst on target looked unlikely to foil Marshall in the Coventry goal. Unfortunately for the former Norwich and Ipswich man the ball bounced and seemed to just skim under his hands. And this was enough to hand the points to Ipswich.

Overall it was a decent game, however Mickey Adams’s will feel his side should have performed a lot better. Ipswich probably just about deserved the points, but both sides will have to put in improved displays if they are to finish anywhere near the play-offs this season. Strangely for Coventry thye look a different side away from the Ricoh.

Ipswich: Price, Wilnis (Naylor 66), De Vos, Bruce, Harding, Williams, Legwinski, Walton, Noble (Currie 84), Lee, Macken (Clarke 80)

Subs Not Used: Supple, Sito

Goals: Noble 52, Clarke 85

Coventry: Marshall, Whing (McKenzie 61), Page, Ward, Hall, Birchall, Hughes, Doyle (Cameron 72), Thornton (Hutchison 83), John, Kyle.

Subs Not Used: Adebola, Heath

Goals: Ward 72.

Att: 19,465

Ref: P Taylor (Hertfordshire)


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