Ipswich cruised to their first win in four games as Sheffield United failed to
live up to their reputation as one of the promotion favourites.
The Blades could have moved to the top of the First Division with a victory,
but Ipswich bossed the game from start to finish.
Shefki Kuqi's fourth Ipswich goal set the home side on their way, and
second-half strikes from Ian Westlake and Darren Bent sealed a comfortable
Bent brought the first save of the afternoon from Paul Gerrard in the 16th
minute with a low left-footed shot.
The home side were dominating and Ipswich got the goal their efforts deserved after 43 minutes.
Kuqi raced clear in the box, only for Chris Morgan to bring him down. The
defender escaped a red card, but the Blades were punished as the Finland
international slammed home the spot-kick.
The visitors' first noteworthy chance of the game came in the 57th minute when Chris Armstrong's cross landed perfectly for Jack Lester, whose shot from six yards was parried by Kelvin Davis.
Sheffield United paid dearly 10 minutes later as Westlake doubled Ipswich's
advantage, the youngster finishing off a neat move involving Magilton and Kuqi with a
well-struck shot into the bottom corner.
Brown brought a stunning save from Davis with four minutes remaining, but Joe
Royle's side were in full control and capped a fine display with a third goal at
Westlake's low cross was converted from close in by Bent for his fourth of the
Ipswich: Davis, Wilnis, Naylor, Santos, Richards, Wright,
Bart-Williams, Magilton, Westlake, Bent, Kuqi. Subs: Price,
Bowditch, Reuser, McGreal, Miller.
Sheff Utd: Gerrard, Kozluk, Jagielka, Morgan, Armstrong,
Ndlovu, McCall, Brown, Tonge, Ward, Lester. Subs: Allison,
Peschisolido, Montgomery, Whitlow, Boussatta.
Referee: M Fletcher (Worcestershire)