League round-up: Wright steers Keane's nervy Tractor Boys to first victory
Sunday 01 November 2009
It took 15 attempts but Ipswich Town have at last won under Roy Keane. David Wright's 66th-minute header at the far post from Liam Rosenior's deep cross proved enough to beat Nigel Clough's Derby County. The win wasn't enough to lift Ipswich, who had been the only League club yet to win this season, off the bottom of the Championship, but four sides above them are within three points, one of them being the Rams, who have earned only two points from eight away games.
A good day for another struggling side saw Jobi McAnuff set up two Grzegorz Rasiak goals and score one himself as Reading eased the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers with a 3-1 win at Coventry City. "McAnuff has been excellent on and off the field since he came in," Rodgers said of the man of the match. "He's a great motivator for a lot of our players and the supporters love him." The Royals move out of the bottom three replaced by Peterborough United who led Barnsley through George Boyd's penalty before Daniel Bogdanovic's header and Jon Macken's strike saw the Tykes beat Posh 2-1.
All change at the top, too, as Jonas Olsson's fifth-minute header and a Graham Dorrans penalty after a foul on Luke Moore set Roberto Di Matteo's West Bromwich Albion on their way to a 5-0 thumping of Watford at the Hawthorns. Moore added the third goal four minutes into the second half before long-range strikes from Gianni Zuiverloon and Simon Cox wrapped up the rout. "It is a very tough division and it seems that people expect us to be 10 points ahead of everyone else, but I cannot see any team running away," Di Matteo said, adding that recent criticism had angered him. "We have been up there at the right end of the table all season."
Nicky Maynard's 10th goal of the season kept an unconvincing Bristol City's unbeaten home record intact, but the fifth-placed side had to settle for a point when Luke Varney levelled for Sheffield Wednesday.
The draw at Doncaster Rovers that saw Blackpool stay sixth was more eventful. Rovers led 1-0 and 2-1 but when Ben Burgess put Pool 3-2 ahead there were only 13 minutes of normal time remaining. Billy Sharp's second goal of the match, in added time, made Rovers' point in the 3-3 draw.
Darren Ambrose's eighth goal of the season saw Crystal Palace draw 1-1 at Preston North End, who had led, briefly, through Ross Wallace, and Craig Beattie and Cedric van der Gun scored as Swansea City, unbeaten in nine, won 2-0 at Scunthorpe United.
Leeds United stretched their lead at the top to seven points after a comfortable 4-0 defeat of Yeovil while Graham Kavanagh scored twice in Carlisle United's 3-1 win over second-placed Charlton Athletic. Colchester lost for the first time under Aidy Boothroyd, beaten 2-1 at Millwall.
Graeme Lee's goal five minutes from time saw Notts County mark Hans Backe's first match in charge by drawing 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town. Bournemouth saw their lead at the top cut to two points after Chris O'Grady scored twice in second-placed Rochdale's 4-0 win at Dean Court.
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