EFL Cup - First Round
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Ipswich Town 2-1 Stevenage

Ipswich midfielder Jay Tabb
Jay Tabb was one of 10 changes in the Ipswich side from their opening Championship fixture

Goals from Josh Yorwerth and Jay Tabb saw Ipswich come from a goal down to beat Stevenage in the League Cup.

Stevenage led through an own goal as Ipswich defender Christophe Berra deflected into his own net after Dean Gerken had saved a Dean Parrett shot.

Debutant Yorwerth levelled after the break with a powerful header past Chris Day from Ryan Fraser's corner.

Tabb completed the Ipswich comeback sweeping a right-foot shot home after a neat low cross from David McGoldrick.

Stevenage thought they had been awarded a late penalty when Parrett fell under a challenge from Berra only for referee Fred Graham to overrule the decision of his assistant.

The visitors had enjoyed the best of the first-half chances and it was Parrett and Dipo Akinyemi who combined to breakthrough the Ipswich defence and force the opening goal.

Parrett's initial shot was saved but Berra was helpless to prevent the ricochet heading towards goal off Gerken's legs and then his shin.

Ipswich had added bite after the break and Yorwerth's headed equaliser bounced in the area before beating Day in the Stevenage goal.

Mick McCarthy was given a first cup-tie win as Ipswich manager as Brett Pitman and McGoldrick opened up the Stevenage defence before an unmarked Tabb applied the finish.

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"There were a lot of positives tonight. To come to a place like this and get in front - it was a very positive first half. We played some nice stuff but they got back into the game very quickly after.

"We've got three days to get things right. The players are in the ice baths now to give their legs every chance of recovering. Hopefully by Friday they'll have their legs back and be raring to go on Saturday."

On the decision not to award his team a late penalty: "I was told that the linesman gave the penalty and the referee then gave it - then the linesman changed his mind. I don't know what happened. It wasn't a penalty in my view but the referee and linesman gave it, and changed their mind. It's a bit disappointing."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 25Yorwerth
  • 30KenlockBooked at 48minsSubstituted forSmithat 77'minutes
  • 39ToureBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFraserat 45'minutes
  • 16CokeBooked at 31mins
  • 22Douglas
  • 18Tabb
  • 11Pitman
  • 10McGoldrick


  • 5Smith
  • 9Murphy
  • 14Fraser
  • 20Sears
  • 26McDonnell
  • 31Benyu
  • 33Bialkowski


Formation 4-5-1

  • 16Day
  • 5FranksBooked at 64mins
  • 4McCombe
  • 19Wells
  • 23Okimo
  • 11Pett
  • 12McAllisterSubstituted forGormanat 45'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forConlonat 78'minutes
  • 22LeeBooked at 45mins
  • 20AkinyemiSubstituted forWilliamsat 45'minutes


  • 6Hughes
  • 9Williams
  • 26Casey
  • 27Johnson
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Gorman
  • 50Jackson
Fred Graham

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Stevenage 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Stevenage 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

  4. Post update

    Brett Williams (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tom Conlon (Stevenage).

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    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Brett Pitman.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

  10. Post update

    Josh Yorwerth (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Brett Williams (Stevenage).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

  14. Post update

    Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jerome Okimo (Stevenage).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Steven Schumacher.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith replaces Myles Kenlock.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Stevenage 1. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.