• Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: Portman Road
  • Ref: Miller, P
  • Attendance: 19,378

Ipswich Town vs Scunthorpe United

Team Lineups

Ipswich Town

Brian Murphy
David Wright
Damien Delaney
Gareth McAuley
Owen Garvan (Carlos Edwards, 74)
David Norris
Jack Colback
Shane O'Connor
Pablo Counago (David Healy, 74)
Jon Walters
Daryl Murphy (Connor Wickham, 50)

Scunthorpe United

Joe Murphy
Marcus Williams, M
Cliff Byrne
David Mirfin
Michael Raynes
Sam Togwell
Matt Sparrow
Grant McCann (Josh Wright, 90)
Garry Thompson
Martyn Woolford
Paul Hayes (Jonathan Forte, 66)

Match Report
Teenager Connor Wickham struck his first League goal in stoppage time to earn Ipswich Town a crucial 1-0 victory against Scunthorpe United as Roy Keane's side improved their chances of beating the drop. Town began the week in the midst of the relegation battle, but back-to-back wins against Cardiff and here - their first successive League wins all season - have hoisted them to within sight of safety. Prior to Wickham's goal, the main talking points had been a red card for each side and Scunthorpe's spoiling tactics which saw them waste time at every opportunity, earning them the wrath of the home fans. Town could have scored in the opening minute when Jon Walters raced onto a long ball but he fired narrowly over and the home skipper also fired wide after good work by Pablo Counago and Daryl Murphy. Scunthorpe were happy to hit on the counter-attack, but they should have scored on 23 minutes when Paul Hayes led a swift breakaway and found Matt Sparrow in space but Brian Murphy made a good save to beat away his shot. Walters failed to connect cleanly with a great chance from a superb Owen Garvan free-kick and then Counago felt he should have had a penalty as David Mirfin clambered all over him as they contested Shane O'Connor's cross. Joe Murphy denied namesake Daryl and Counago with simple saves but then made a better one to deny a curling Counago effort which appeared destined for the top corner. Both teams could have scored within 60 seconds close to half-time as first Counago nodded against the bar for Town and then Hayes' 18-yard volley brought a fine tip-over save from Brian Murphy. Sparrow shot narrowly wide for Scunthorpe in the first chance of the second half, before Joe Murphy arched to tip over a Walters header from Garvan's cross and then Gareth McAuley headed the ensuing Garvan corner wide. A firm McAuley header from another Garvan corner was blocked, Mirfin blocked a Counago shot and Joe Murphy fielded a 25-yarder from O'Connor as Town turned up the pressure. Hopes of a home win were increased on 69 minutes when Iron captain Cliff Byrne was sent off by referee Pat Miller for blocking Jack Colback's forward run with a raised arm. David Norris directed a free header wide from an O'Connor cross before Town were also reduced to ten men when Damien Delaney harshly saw red for a foul on sub Jonathan Forte just inside the home half, even though McAuley was also back. Ipswich continued to threaten though with sub Carlos Edwards drilling a low ball across the six-yard box which Joe Murphy parried and Sam Togwell hooked clear before fellow replacement David Healy volleyed over. The game looked destined to end in a stalemate until Wickham, who doesn't turn 17 until the end of the month, brought down a long ball, turned his man and coolly slotted home in the second added minute.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.


Goal!! Ipswich have scored with Connor Wickham putting it in the back of the net.

Yellow Card

Marcus Williams is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Grant McCann is replaced by Josh Wright.

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Damien Delaney has been sent off (later rescinded by the FA).


Pablo Counago is being taken off, David Healy has come on in his place.


Owen Garvan is being taken off, Carlos Edwards has come on in his place.

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Cliff Byrne has been sent off.


Paul Hayes is being taken off, Jonathan Forte has come on in his place.


Daryl Murphy is being taken off, Connor Wickham has come on in his place.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Jack Colback.

Yellow Card

Martyn Woolford goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


It's 3pm on Saturday, March 13th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Ipswich face Scunthorpe at 3pm on Saturday, March 13th.