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19:48 10th December 2011


Barnsley 3 (Davies pen 17, 83, Vaz Te 39)
Ipswich Town 5 (Andrews 46 & 49, Collins 65, Chopra 68, Scotland 77)

The Reds threw away a two-goal lead and allowed Ipswich all the time and space they desired to hit five goals after the break and end a dismal run of seven consecutive defeats. It was an abrupt end to a fantastic run from Hill's side who, at half time, looked as though it would continue.

It was a fast and frantic start at Oakwell with either side's recent run certain to come to an end.

There were two early shouts for penalties from both sides in the opening ten minutes, Butterfield challenged on the edge of the box which saw O'Brien test Stockdale and Chopra at the other end appealed for a handball from McNulty.

A penalty did come in the 14th minute as Danny Drinkwater was sent sprawling by Stockdale - who was booked for his troubles - following a defence-splitting pass from Butterfield. Craig Davies stepped up and absolutely slammed home the spot-kick to the left - sending Stockdale the wrong way.

It was unfortunate when Drinkwater was unable to continue and had to be replaced by Done just minutes after the Reds took the lead. Sonko was the second player to receive a booking when he scythed down the typically-busy O'Brien 40 yards from goal as the Reds took the game by the scruff of the neck.

Davies did well to create half a chance on 27 minutes after controlling a square pass from Vaz Te, but Stockdale gathered with relative ease down the centre. Again the referee was simply forced to get his book out following a late challenge on Perkins by

A quick, well-worked corner saw Stockdale pull off a smart save from Davies' acute drive on 35 minutes.

Sonko's howler a minute later saw Davies in again but one-on-one with Stockdale, who denied Davies with a smart save and it seemed to be trickling in but somehow the 'keeper recovered with Davies lurking once again. Everyone in the ground was scratching their heads as to how it wasn't 2-0 but they didn't have to wait much longer for that to be the case.

It was that man Vaz Te on 39 minutes from Butterfield's out-swinging corner, the Portuguese forward somehow managing to beat his man to the ball with a great header which sneaked in at the near post.

Second half

In the first four minutes of the second half, Ipswich were back level with two goals.

It was Keith Andrews with a quick-fire double. First a rebound fell kindly for the Ireland international and volleyed into the far corner on 46. Barely three minutes later it was 2-2 - Andrews rising highest to nod home from eight yards.

Another yellow card came Ipswich's way, their goal-scorer Andrews went into the book for a late dig at Perkins in the middle of the park. The Reds needed the big characters to step up and take charge of the match.

Barely a minute later, Oakwell old-boy Michael Chopra was the fifth Tractor Boy into the ref's book for a late challenge on Foster.

Scotland blasted straight at Steele three minutes past the hour and the flag was raised before Chopra could put the ball in the net at the second attempt.

At the other end Davies struck the side-netting after picking up Butterfield's pass on the edge of the box. Both sets of fans were in great voice as the game became stretched.

And from another set-piece, Ipswich took the lead with just less than 25 left to play. It was a bullet header from Collins and the Reds were left stunned. But Ipswich weren't finished - it was four moments later. The Reds were almost non-existent and the former Tyke tucked in off the post to silence Oakwell.

The Reds lost their earlier foothold in the game, and the best they could offer was a Perkins effort in the 79th minute, but his shot in anger was always rising.

It was game over on 83 minutes as it seemed everything Ipswich hit went in. Jason Scotland made it five to the away side, whose dismal run of form came to an end in South Yorkshire.

Craig Davies salvaged some pride as the clock ticked away with an excellent free-kick to make it eight goals in as many games for the big man. It was an expertly dispatched set-piece into the top bag from 22 yards - it's just a shame so many had left the ground to miss it.


Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, O'Brien (Ranger 71), Davies, Perkins, Wiseman, McNulty, Vaz Te (Haynes 66), Butterfield, Drinkwater (Done 18).
Subs: Preece, Addison.

Ipswich: Stockdale, Cresswell, Edwards, Bowyer, Chopra (Ellington 80), Martin (Carson 83), Scotland, Andrews, Collins, Murphy (Wabara 89), Sonko.
Subs: Lee-Barrett, Bullard.
    Data provided by Press Association


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