Ipswich 3-0 Coventry

Jimmy Bullard and Keith Andrews
Jimmy Bullard celebrates Ipswich's second goal with scorer Keith Andrews

Ipswich moved up to 13th in the Championship with an impressive win against Coventry City.

Coventry's Martin Cranie headed an Aaron Cresswell cross in to his own net after seven minutes.

Ipswich doubled their lead eight minutes later as Keith Andrews crashed in a shot off the bar.

And Jason Scotland scored his second goal in three games in the second half to seal the win, sliding home following a one-two with Michael Chopra.

Despite Ipswich's poor run of form heading into the match - they had won only one of their previous six games - they flew out of the blocks and took the lead through Cranie's error.

Cresswell was the orchestrator, sending in a vicious left-wing centre which the centre-back could only head past Joe Murphy.

Not content with one, the hosts pushed for a second and increased their lead in the 15th minute through Andrews.

The Republic of Ireland international started the move with a clever flick to Chopra and, after receiving the return ball, finished impressively from just inside the area.

The visitors showed increased adventure after the interval, however, and it almost paid dividends as Cody McDonald headed narrowly over with the goal gaping.

That effort signalled increased dominance for Andy Thorn's men, although their finishing continued to leave a lot to be desired as McDonald missed another golden opportunity, heading wide after being cleverly teed up by Gary McSheffrey.

But any hopes they had of mounting a comeback were dashed after 67 minutes when Ipswich added a third goal through Scotland.

The hosts controlled proceedings thereafter and saw the game out, although Roy O'Donovan did have a late effort headed off the line by Cresswell.

Jewell hailed his side's attacking qualities, saying: "The game could have been over by half-time and it was nice to put in a decent attacking performance for our supporters. We've got a lot of new players and it was never going to happen overnight, but tonight we showed what we're capable of.

"The players showed a lot of character and from the first whistle we closed them down, passed the ball well and created opportunities, which we haven't been doing. Goals change games and if they'd scored first, the boot would have been on the other foot."

Thorn was disappointed with his team's start, saying: "We never got going and for 20 minutes we were still in the dressing room. Against good, experienced players you can't do that and they played really well in that period.

"Ipswich are the best side we've played this season but, having said that, that was our worst performance."

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