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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 November, 2003, 17:16 GMT
Ipswich 3-0 Sheff Utd
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 victory.

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 the death.

Westlake's low cross was converted from close in by Bent for his fourth of the campaign.


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)

The Coca-Cola Football League Championship Table
30 January 2010 19:21
    P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 27 27 56
2 Nottm Forest 28 23 52

3 West Brom 27 26 50
4 Cardiff 27 22 45
5 Swansea 27 3 42
6 Sheff Utd 27 4 41

7 Blackpool 27 10 40
8 Leicester 26 2 39
9 Middlesbrough 28 7 37
10 Bristol City 27 -4 36
11 Preston 26 -2 35
12 QPR 27 -4 34
13 Doncaster 26 -1 33
14 Coventry 28 -8 33
15 Barnsley 26 -8 33
16 Scunthorpe 27 -13 33
17 Watford 26 -6 32
18 Derby 28 -11 32
19 Sheff Wed 28 -12 31
20 Crystal Palace 27 2 30
21 Ipswich 27 -8 29

22 Reading 27 -16 26
23 Plymouth 26 -14 24
24 Peterborough 28 -19 18




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