Counago's double fires Town romp

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Ipswich continued their march up the First Division table with a 6-1 demolition of visiting Burnley last night.

Ipswich scored five first-half goals in 20 minutes. The Spanish striker Pablo Counago set them on their way in the 20th minute, latching on to Alan Mahon's through ball before finishing coolly from six yards.

The on-loan Blackburn midfielder Mahon next headed into the path of Counago, whose left-foot strike nestled into the bottom corner.

Jermaine Wright added a third when he rattled home a shot from the edge of the area, with Chris Bart-Williams scoring the fourth with a drilled shot across the face of the goal. The fifth goal came via Richard Chaplow, who turned a Mahon cross into his own net.

Burnley stopped the rot in the 49th minute through the striker Delroy Face, who fired the ball past Kelvin Davis to score his fourth goal in two games. But Ipswich still had the final say when Shefki Kuqi smashed the ball into the far corner in the first minute of stoppage time.

Rotherham increased Nottinghams Forest's win-less streak to six games with a second-half revival to earn a 2-2 draw at the City Ground.

Marlon Harewood's first-half double had put Forest in firm control, but all the doubts which have crept in during their barren spell came back to haunt them when Rotherham fought back through Darren Byfield and Martin Butler.

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