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Ipswich   0 - 4   Newcastle

Ipswich v Newcastle

Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle

Kevin Nolan scored a hat-trick as Newcastle thrashed Ipswich to move two points clear at the top of the Championship table on an afternoon rich in drama and emotion at Portman Road.

There were generous tributes to former Ipswich and Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson before the match and during half-time.

But three goals in four first-half minutes from the visiting team ensured that it would be another miserable afternoon on the pitch for Roy Keane's team.

Nolan opened the scoring with a header and quickly added to that with a composed finish. Ryan Taylor's free-kick ended the quick-fire scoring spree and ensured the game was over as a contest by the break.

Nolan's second header of the match shortly after the restart completed his hat-trick and left Keane looking furious as he watched from the home dug-out.

Ipswich have yet to win in the Championship this season and have now made their worst start to a league campaign - a sequence that increases the pressure on Keane to rapidly find a winning formula.

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It was not supposed to be this way on a day that saw the North Stand officially renamed the Sir Bobby Robson Stand by his widow Lady Elsie during the half-time interval.

There were also numerous Ipswich legends in attendance while both teams wore special shirts that will be auctioned off for charity.

The feeling of goodwill from both sets of supporters towards a man they hold in the highest regard was clear for all to see.

We will learn from defeat - Keane

But any celebrating once the match started was restricted solely to Newcastle and their vocal supporters. Ipswich did not lack commitment but they were without a badly-needed cutting edge and suffered their worst home defeat in six years.

Newcastle, in contrast, looked organised and compact, with Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll providing plenty of physical presence up front while Nolan filled the space in behind them.

The impressive Ranger was the grateful recipient of a fortunate ricochet and turned his marker inside and out before shooting low across goal and forcing a decent save from Wright in the opening minutes.

But that aside there were precious few incidents of note from either team before Nolan kicked off Newcastle's three-goal burst with his opener after 30 minutes.

Nolan got in front of his marker at the near post to head home Ryan Taylor's cross from the right-hand side.

The former Bolton player charged towards the away supporters to celebrate - and repeated the dose two minutes later after doubling Newcastle's lead.

His second goal showcased the sort of skill and composure that once saw the midfielder talked about in terms of England honours.

Nolan controlled a pass over the top from Carroll, turned inside to leave Ipswich skipper Alex Bruce tackling thin air and slotted the ball across goal and beyond Wright.

We have great team spirit - Nolan

It was a remarkable brace that left Town reeling and matters soon deteriorated further when Ryan Taylor curled a free-kick across goal and into the top corner. Wright got a firm hand to the ball but could not prevent Newcastle from adding to their lead.

It might have got even worse for Ipswich when Ranger hung superbly in the air before heading across goal but Wright made a very good save to ensure the score remained 3-0 at the break.

The home fans cast aside their gloom to honour Robson during the interval, joining in with a rendition of My Way, but there was to be no on-field respite as Nolan completed his hat-trick minutes after the restart.

It was the simplest of close-range finishes for the midfielder after Ranger had headed a deep Ryan Taylor cross towards the far post.

Ipswich striker Jon Walters headed over and Pim Balkestein smashed the ball wide from very long range but Harper only needed to make one save all afternoon from a scrambled close-range effort late on.

And Ipswich rapidly need to improve on a dismal showing that hinted at a long season of struggle unless there is a dramatic change of fortune for Keane and his players.


Ipswich boss Roy Keane:

"Clearly we are disappointed. We started alright but the first goal knocked our confidence.

"You have to persevere and encourage players.

"We have given teams a helping hand and we can't keep doing it.

"I'm sure Kevin Nolan thought it was Christmas with the first goal and before we knew it we were three down. We certainly have to defend better.

"I don't like losing football matches, the expectations are high but we have got to deal with it and get on with it."

Newcastle caretaker manager Chris Hughton:
"I am delighted with the approach with which we went into the game. From start to finish we were excellent.

"It speaks volumes for Kevin Nolan that a midfielder has scored a hat-trick. He has always been with one with an eye for goal

"The lads showed a great desire. We were fortunate enough to get the goals early enough to let us go on."


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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-3)
    • Nolan 30
    • Nolan 32
    • Taylor 34
    • Nolan 51

    Ipswich

    • 01 Wright
    • 05 Bruce yellow card (Smith 39)
    • 15 Balkestein
    • 22 Rosenior
    • 03 Delaney (Peters 60)
    • 06 Leadbitter
    • 17 Colback
    • 23 Edwards
    • 36 Trotter
    • 16 Priskin (Counago 61)
    • 19 Walters yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 28 Lee-Barrett,
    • 35 Smith,
    • 08 Martin,
    • 12 Peters,
    • 25 Quinn,
    • 09 Counago,
    • 14 Stead

    Newcastle

    • 01 Harper
    • 02 Coloccini (Lovenkrands 68)
    • 03 Jose Enrique
    • 13 Khizanishvili
    • 16 Taylor (Donaldson 78)
    • 27 Taylor
    • 04 Nolan yellow card
    • 22 Butt
    • 17 Smith
    • 24 Carroll
    • 30 Ranger (Harewood 65)

    Substitutes

    • 26 Krul,
    • 35 Tozer,
    • 32 Ngo Baheng,
    • 46 Vuckic,
    • 10 Harewood,
    • 11 Lovenkrands,
    • 42 Donaldson
    Ref: JonesAtt: 27,059
    IPSWICH
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Ipswich 35%
    • Newcastle 65%

    Attempts on target

    • Ipswich 3
    • Newcastle 8

    Attempts off target

    • Ipswich 3
    • Newcastle 2

    Corners

    • Ipswich 3
    • Newcastle 3

    Fouls

    • Ipswich 19
    • Newcastle 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:03 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+3:28 The official flags Jonathan Walters offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 90:00+3:05 The offside flag is raised against Andrew Carroll. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:02 Jack Colback takes a shot. Alan Smith gets a block in.
    • 90:00+1:33 Kevin Nolan challenges Grant Leadbitter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 89:33 Liam Trotter challenges Alan Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 88:49 Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 88:49 Booking Jonathan Walters is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 88:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Jonathan Walters.
    • 87:39 Pim Balkestein takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 86:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Carroll on Carlos Edwards. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 86:19 Foul by Jaime Peters on Marlon Harewood, free kick awarded. Alan Smith takes the free kick.
    • 84:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Butt from the right by-line.
    • 84:31 Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Save by Richard Wright.
    • 83:14 Andrew Carroll is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:28 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 77:16 Substitution Ryan Donaldson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Taylor.
    • 75:32 Foul by Pablo Counago on Kevin Nolan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ryan Taylor.
    • 74:31 Pim Balkestein has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
    • 73:37 Jaime Peters fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 71:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Trotter on Nicky Butt. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 69:48 The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by Richard Wright.
    • 69:30 A cross is delivered by Carlos Edwards, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance.
    • 67:57 Inswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 67:37 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Peter Lovenkrands coming on for Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 65:44 Liam Rosenior delivers the ball, save by Steve Harper.
    • 65:12 Pablo Counago concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Butt. Nicky Butt takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:14 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Marlon Harewood coming on for Nile Ranger.
    • 60:34 Substitution Pablo Counago is brought on as a substitute for Tamas Priskin.
    • 60:34 Unfair challenge on Jaime Peters by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:09 Substitution Jaime Peters joins the action as a substitute, replacing Damien Delaney.
    • 57:32 The ball is sent over by Carlos Edwards.
    • 57:21 Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
    • 55:58 Foul by Liam Trotter on Ryan Taylor, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Ryan Taylor from the free kick.
    • 53:38 Foul by Jack Colback on Nicky Butt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 51:50 Foul by Jonathan Walters on Zurab Khizanishvili, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 50:10 Nile Ranger provided the assist for the goal.
    • 50:10 GOAL - Kevin NolanIpswich 0 - 4 Newcastle Kevin Nolan finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle.
    • 48:40 The ball is delivered by Liam Rosenior, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jonathan Walters goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 45:25 Corner taken right-footed by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 45:11 The referee penalises Sanchez Jose Enrique for handball. Direct free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:02 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+2:07 Grant Leadbitter concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Harper. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 45:00+0:57 Steven Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Tamas Priskin. Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ryan Taylor gets a block in.
    • 43:37 Unfair challenge on Liam Trotter by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Richard Wright takes the free kick.
    • 43:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Fabricio Coloccini. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 41:56 Nile Ranger takes a shot. Save made by Richard Wright.
    • 38:24 Substitution Alex Bruce goes off and Tommy Smith comes on.
    • 38:24 Alan Smith challenges Tamas Priskin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonathan Walters takes the free kick.
    • 35:43 Ryan Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 35:43 Booking Booking for Alex Bruce for unsporting behaviour.
    • 35:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Carroll by Alex Bruce.
    • 33:57 Assist by Nile Ranger.
    • 33:57 GOAL - Ryan TaylorIpswich 0 - 3 Newcastle Free kick scored by Ryan Taylor from outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Ipswich 0-3 Newcastle.
    • 33:13 Unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Alex Bruce results in a free kick.
    • 32:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Walters on Alan Smith. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 31:24 Assist on the goal came from Andrew Carroll.
    • 31:24 GOAL - Kevin NolanIpswich 0 - 2 Newcastle Kevin Nolan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ipswich 0-2 Newcastle.
    • 29:33 Assist on the goal came from Ryan Taylor.
    • 29:33 GOAL - Kevin NolanIpswich 0 - 1 Newcastle Kevin Nolan grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Ipswich 0-1 Newcastle.
    • 29:04 Foul by Jonathan Walters on Ryan Taylor, free kick awarded. Ryan Taylor produces a cross,
    • 28:02 Alan Smith fouled by Carlos Edwards, the ref awards a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:59 Nile Ranger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Bruce. Direct free kick taken by Richard Wright.
    • 22:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Edwards by Nicky Butt. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Grant Leadbitter.
    • 22:12 Pim Balkestein restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:12 Booking Kevin Nolan shown a yellow card.
    • 22:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Liam Trotter.
    • 18:57 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Carroll. Richard Wright takes the direct free kick.
    • 17:50 Foul by Pim Balkestein on Fabricio Coloccini, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 15:10 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Alan Smith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.
    • 14:36 Effort from inside the area by Andrew Carroll misses to the left of the goal.
    • 13:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamas Priskin on Alan Smith. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:01 The ball is sent over by Tamas Priskin, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.
    • 10:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Ryan Taylor. Grant Leadbitter delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Steve Harper.
    • 10:24 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Nolan. Free kick taken by Richard Wright.
    • 9:41 The ball is swung over by Carlos Edwards, Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.
    • 9:14 Foul by Fabricio Coloccini on Tamas Priskin, free kick awarded. Grant Leadbitter restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:09 Liam Rosenior fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Wright.
    • 7:13 Alan Smith challenges Tamas Priskin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Grant Leadbitter, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
    • 5:53 Ryan Taylor takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Liam Rosenior.
    • 4:32 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a inswinging corner.
    • 3:49 Nile Ranger takes a shot. Save made by Richard Wright.
    • 3:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Carroll. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:12 Foul by Grant Leadbitter on Ryan Taylor, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alan Smith.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Championship results

    26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Blackpool 2-0 Peterborough R
    Coventry 2-2 Middlesbrough R
    Derby 1-0 Bristol City R
    Ipswich 0-4 Newcastle R
    Leicester 1-2 Preston R
    QPR 5-2 Barnsley R
    Reading 1-1 Watford R
    Scunthorpe 2-2 Doncaster R
    Sheff Wed 3-1 Cardiff R
    Swansea 2-1 Sheff Utd R
    West Brom 0-1 Crystal Palace R

    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 9 13 22
    2 West Brom 9 12 20
    3 Preston 9 7 18
    4 Middlesbrough 9 5 17
    5 Blackpool 9 6 16
    6 Sheff Utd 9 4 15
    7 Watford 9 2 14
    8 QPR 8 5 13
    9 Cardiff 9 3 13
    10 Leicester 9 1 13
    11 Bristol City 9 -1 13
    12 Sheff Wed 9 4 12
    13 Coventry 9 -1 12
    14 Crystal Palace 8 -3 11
    15 Scunthorpe 9 -4 11
    16 Derby 9 -2 10
    17 Swansea 9 -4 10
    18 Doncaster 9 -2 9
    19 Nottm Forest 8 -3 7
    20 Peterborough 9 -5 7
    21 Reading 9 -5 7
    22 Barnsley 9 -11 5
    23 Ipswich 9 -11 4
    24 Plymouth 8 -10 2


    see also
    Saturday football as it happened
    26 Sep 09 |  Football
    Saturday's football photos
    27 Sep 09 |  Premier League


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