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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Ipswich Town

20 October 2020

Rovers are looking to make it back-to-back wins in Sky Bet League One when they take on Ipswich Town at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night.

Reece James scored the only goal of the game as Rovers won 1-0 at Portsmouth in their last outing. 

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Ipswich’s start to the season 

The Tractor Boys are the division’s in-form team after enjoying an unbeaten start to the league campaign, winning five of their six games so far. 

They won their first three games of the season by the same score-line, beating Wigan Athletic, Bristol Rovers and Rochdale 2-0. After a draw at MK Dons at the start of October, they returned to winning ways emphatically with a 4-1 victory at Blackpool. 

Their last outing saw them comfortably beat Accrington Stanley 2-0 at Portman Road. 

 

The man in charge 

Former Norwich manager Paul Lambert was appointed as Ipswich boss in October 2018. The club were bottom of the Sky Bet Championship when he took over, and he was unable to keep them in the second tier that season.  

After a positive start to life in Sky Bet League One, Ipswich finished 11th last season, and Lambert was handed a new five-year deal in January. Since taking the job, Lambert has been in charge of 88 Ipswich games, winning 28, drawing 24 and losing 36, giving him an overall win percentage of 31.8%. 

 

Ones to watch 

Luke Chambers 

The experienced defender joined Ipswich in the summer of 2012 after leaving Nottingham Forest. After beginning his career with Northampton Town, he moved to Forest in 2007 and went on to make more than 200 appearances for the reds. He helped them to win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship prior to his move to Ipswich.  

His first season with the Tractor Boys saw him win the club’s player of the year award, and he has impressed ever since leading to him being named as the club captain.  

 

Gwion Edwards 

Edwards joined Town in the summer of 2018 from fellow Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee. After starting his career with Swansea City, the winger impressed in the EFL following a permanent move to Crawley Town. He spent two years at the Broadfield Stadium before moving to Peterborough where he made more than 50 appearances.

 

Freddie Sears 

The former West Ham United trainee scored on his Premier League debut against Blackburn Rovers. After leaving the Hammers, Sears signed for Colchester United and established himself as a regular in their starting XI. 

It wasn’t long before clubs higher in the footballing pyramid had their eye on him and Ipswich snapped him up for an undisclosed fee in 2015.

 

Last time out 

The two sides played out a goalless draw when they met for the first time in four years at Portman Road last season. 

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REPORT | Rovers 4 Ipswich 1

20 October 2020

Rovers put an end to Ipswich Town’s six game unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One with a convincing 4-1 victory after goals from Cameron John, Ben Whiteman and Fejiri Okenabirhie.

There were two changes to the team that beat Portsmouth 1-0 at the weekend with Matt Smith and Josh Sims coming in for James Coppinger and Reece James to make their home debuts.  

Sims was quick into the action orchestrating Rovers’ first attack of the game. Within five minutes he cut the ball back into the box towards Jon Taylor, but he was unlucky to see his ball denied by the Ipswich defence.  

The visitors’ responded quickly when Emyr Huws picked up a loose ball inside Ipswich’s attacking half and took aim on Bursik’s goal from distance, but it was easily scooped up by the England U21 international. 

The Tractor Boys took the lead on the 15th minute after Luke Chambers’ low cross was turned into the net by Joe Wright.  

This did not hinder the spirits of Rovers who kept hacking away at the opposition.  

Rovers were given an opportunity to equalise after a weak pass from Ipswich goalkeeper Tomas Holy ended up unexpectedly at the feet of Sims whose shot was blocked on its way through. The rebound ended up at the feet of Smith on the edge of the area, but he could not convert his shot.  

Rovers eventually found an equaliser through Cameron John after Smith won back possession in midfield and fed it through to the defender who thumped the ball off the crossbar and into the back of the net.  

That equaliser kick-started the game for Rovers with relentless attacks on the visitors’ goal. The most notable effort came from Madger Gomes who dragged a shot wide from distance.  

Rovers then turned the game on its head in the 37th minute with another sensational goal from Darren Moore’s men. A Ben Whiteman free kick from 30-yards out deceived Holy and snuck past the Czech.  

Moore’s side picked up where they left off as the second half got underway, piling pressure on Ipswich’s defence.  

As the hour mark passed Rovers extended their lead when Sims won a penalty – he drew in the foul from the visiting defender after a stinging run into the 18-yard box. Captain Whiteman calmly slotted the ball past Holy into the right-hand side of the net.  

Within minutes of the third goal Fejiri Okenabirhie got his first of the season and Rovers’ fourth of the evening by capitalising on a mistake from Town’s defence and fired past Holy from the edge of the area.  

There was no mercy from Moore’s side who continued to pile the pressure on a deflated Ipswich and even had a shout at a second penalty after Taylor was brought down inside the area.  

The Rovers number 11 was a nuisance to the Ipswich defence with his pace down the right wing which continually attracted fouls – which ended with James Wilson receiving a yellow card for one challenge.  

The game marked Rovers’ first win against Ipswich since 2011 and the team will hope to keep the good times rolling as they aim to make it three wins on the bounce as they welcome newly promoted Crewe Alexandra to the Keepmoat Stadium on October Saturday 24.  

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