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."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich Town

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 25 Collins
  • 31 Sonko (Delaney - 35' )
  • 06 Leadbitter
  • 07 Edwards
  • 08 Bowyer
  • 15 Andrews
  • 21 Bullard
  • 10 Chopra (Murphy - 82' )
  • 14 Scotland (E'-Thomas - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 05 Delaney
  • 29 Ainsley
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 27 Murphy

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Keogh
  • 03 Hussey
  • 15 Cranie
  • 31 Christie (Cameron - 76' )
  • 04 Clingan
  • 07 Bell Booked
  • 08 Baker
  • 34 Bigirimana (McSheffrey - 44' )
  • 09 Jutkiew'z
  • 14 McDonald (O'Donovan - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 30 Cameron
  • 32 Thomas
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 19 O'Donovan
Ref: Pawson
Att: 15,650

Match Stats

Shots

19 9

On target

6 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

5 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:24 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +2:01

Effort from outside the penalty box by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas goes wide right of the target.

89:47

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Danny Collins gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Sammy Clingan, Headed effort from inside the area by Carl Baker misses to the right of the target.

88:41

Corner taken by Sammy Clingan.

87:30

Keith Andrews takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy. Short corner taken by Lee Bowyer from the left by-line. Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball, save by Joe Murphy.

86:45

Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Cranie.

85:36 Substitution

Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on for Jason Scotland.

85:36

Carlos Edwards crosses the ball, blocked by Martin Cranie.

84:11

Lee Bowyer sends in a cross.

83:19

The ball is sent over by Chris Hussey, save made by David Stockdale.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Daryl Murphy on for Michael Chopra.

80:17

The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey.

79:35

Aaron Cresswell delivers the ball, Nathan Cameron makes a clearance.

78:04

Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

76:56

The ball is sent over by Chris Hussey.

75:03 Substitution

Substitution Cyrus Christie goes off and Nathan Cameron comes on.

75:03

The ball is swung over by Chris Hussey.

73:52

Centre by Carlos Edwards, clearance made by Cyrus Christie.

70:37

Roy O'Donovan challenges Grant Leadbitter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Aaron Cresswell, save by Joe Murphy. Corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from the right by-line to the near post, Aaron Cresswell takes a shot.

70:16

Short corner taken by Lee Bowyer from the left by-line. The ball is sent over by Jimmy Bullard, David Bell makes a clearance.

68:52 Substitution

Substitution Cody McDonald goes off and Roy O'Donovan comes on.

66:49

Assist by Michael Chopra.

66:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Scotland - Ipswich 3 - 0 Coventry Goal scored by Jason Scotland from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ipswich 3-0 Coventry.

66:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Delaney on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

65:27

Keith Andrews crosses the ball, clearance made by David Bell. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from the left by-line, clearance made by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

62:36

Lukas Jutkiewicz crosses the ball. Headed effort from inside the area by Carl Baker misses to the left of the target.

62:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary McSheffrey by Jimmy Bullard. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.

61:44

The offside flag is raised against Jason Scotland. Free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

61:03

Chris Hussey crosses the ball, clearance made by Danny Collins.

60:31

The referee gives a free kick against Michael Chopra for handball. Richard Keogh takes the indirect free kick.

59:45

David Bell sends in a cross, save made by David Stockdale.

59:03

Aaron Cresswell sends in a cross, Sammy Clingan makes a clearance.

56:28

Foul by Martin Cranie on Michael Chopra, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell. Shot from outside the area by Keith Andrews misses to the left of the target.

52:20

Grant Leadbitter is penalised for a handball. The ball is crossed by Sammy Clingan, Cody McDonald has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

51:25

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Blocked by Cyrus Christie. Grant Leadbitter decides to take a short corner. Aaron Cresswell sends in a cross.

49:25

Cyrus Christie crosses the ball.

48:11

Effort on goal by Gary McSheffrey from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

47:05

Jason Scotland takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save. A cross is delivered by David Bell, clearance by Keith Andrews.

45:35

Effort on goal by Carlos Edwards from long range goes harmlessly over the target.

45:19

Aaron Cresswell crosses the ball, clearance made by Sammy Clingan.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +1:58

David Bell produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the right of the target.

45:00 +1:21

The ball is delivered by David Bell, clearance by Damien Delaney.

45:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Cody McDonald takes a shot. Aaron Cresswell gets a block in.

44:12

A cross is delivered by Grant Leadbitter.

43:09 Substitution

Substitution Gary McSheffrey is brought on as a substitute for Gael Bigirimana.

43:09

The ball is delivered by Keith Andrews, clearance by Martin Cranie. Effort on goal by Grant Leadbitter from long range goes over the crossbar.

42:28

Carlos Edwards produces a cross, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

41:07

Foul by Michael Chopra on Chris Hussey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Richard Keogh.

40:15

Inswinging corner taken by Jimmy Bullard, Close range headed effort by Keith Andrews clears the crossbar.

39:50

The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

38:25

Cody McDonald is ruled offside. David Stockdale takes the indirect free kick.

37:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Danny Collins. Free kick crossed by Sammy Clingan, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.

36:29

Grant Leadbitter sends in a cross, clearance by Martin Cranie.

34:49 Substitution

Substitution Damien Delaney replaces Ibrahima Sonko.

34:25

Effort from outside the penalty area by Jason Scotland goes wide left of the target.

33:39

A cross is delivered by Carl Baker, clearance made by Aaron Cresswell.

31:38

The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell, clearance by Cyrus Christie.

28:20

Jimmy Bullard produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

28:20 Booking

Booking David Bell goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

28:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by David Bell.

27:23

Unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Grant Leadbitter results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Ibrahima Sonko manages to make a clearance.

25:42

Sammy Clingan takes the outswinging corner, Martin Cranie has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

23:29

David Bell delivers the ball, Cody McDonald takes a shot. Lee Bowyer gets a block in.

21:05

Centre by Aaron Cresswell, Header by Michael Chopra from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

19:17

Effort from outside the penalty box by Michael Chopra goes wide left of the goal.

17:21

Grant Leadbitter sends in a cross, save made by Joe Murphy.

16:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Sammy Clingan, Richard Keogh produces a cross.

14:47

Michael Chopra provided the assist for the goal.

14:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Keith Andrews - Ipswich 2 - 0 Coventry Keith Andrews fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Ipswich 2-0 Coventry.

14:40

Michael Chopra crosses the ball,

13:22

Effort from inside the area by Michael Chopra misses to the left of the goal.

10:47

A cross is delivered by Carlos Edwards, Michael Chopra has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

10:01

Aaron Cresswell fouled by David Bell, the ref awards a free kick. David Stockdale takes the free kick.

9:54

Centre by Carl Baker, clearance made by Aaron Cresswell.

9:41

The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, Carlos Edwards makes a clearance.

7:33

The ball is swung over by Keith Andrews.

6:43

The assist for the goal came from Aaron Cresswell.

6:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Martin Cranie - Ipswich 1 - 0 Coventry Headed own goal by Martin Cranie. Ipswich 1-0 Coventry.

6:26

The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell.

5:51

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by David Bell results in a free kick. Ibrahima Sonko takes the free kick.

3:57

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, save made by David Stockdale.

2:14

Shot from long range by Aaron Cresswell misses to the right of the goal.

1:32

The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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