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Ipswich Town 6 v 0 Sheffield Wednesday
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Saturday, 16th March 2024 Kick-off 15:00
Ipswich Town 6-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Match Report
Saturday, 16th Mar 2024 17:10

Omari Hutchinson and Ali Al-Hamadi both netted twice and Cameron Burgess and Nathan Broadhead once each as Town thrashed Sheffield Wednesday 6-0 at Portman Road to record their biggest victory of the season and climb back to second in the Championship. Hutchinson got the ball rolling in the 15th minute, Burgess added the second on 37, then Broadhead made it three in first-half injury time. Hutchinson made it 4-0 three minutes into the second half, before sub Al-Hamadi added the fifth and sixth on 80 and 90 as Town ran riot against the Owls.

Town made three changes from the team that lost 2-1 at Cardiff last week with Axel Tuanzebe, Hutchinson and Broadhead coming into the side.

Tuanzebe was in at right-back for Harry Clarke and Broadhead on the left of the attacking three for Jeremy Sarmiento, who both dropped to the bench, while Hutchinson replaced Conor Chaplin, who missed out on a place in the squad for a league game for the first time this season having suffered a minor knock in training.

For Wednesday, former Blues loanee Dominic Iorfa, Michael Ihiekwe, Will Vaulks and Ian Poveda came into the team as they switched to a back four from their usual back five for Pol Valentin, Akin Famewo and Liam Palmer and Bambo Diaby, who dropped to the bench.

Town almost created an early opportunity, Broadhead just putting too much on a through ball for Hutchinson and visiting keeper James Beadle claimed.

Wednesday carved out their first opportunity in the seventh minute, Poveda getting away down the left and crossing for Ike Ugbo, who sliced his effort high and wide from the edge of the box.

But it was Town who had started the stronger and on 10 Kieffer Moore rose high to nod a Sam Morsy cross towards the far post but Owls keeper Beadle claimed.

Following the Blues’ first corner of the game on 11, the ball fell to Hutchinson on the edge of the area but the on-loan Chelsea man slipped as he hit his shot and Beadle was untroubled.

Wednesday threatened again on 13, Anthony Musaba crossing from the right and Djeidi Gassama flicking a header over at the near post.

However, the Blues had largely been in control and on the quarter hour they went in front. Following a patient build-up on the right, Burns cut back to Hutchinson, who rolled his man on the edge of the box as he allowed the ball across his body, then hit a low left-foot shot on the turn which beat Beadle to his left, the Jamaica international’s seventh goal of the season.

Town continued to dominate, indeed their control of the game and threat increased following the goal with Hutchinson causing the visitors significant trouble with his running and close control.

However, on 28 Morsy lost the ball in the Wednesday half, the Owls broke and then Massimo Luongo, facing his old club, was unable to clear on the edge of the box and Poveda was able to get in a sharp shot, which Vaclav Hladky did very well to get down and turn past his right post.

On the half-hour, Gassama battled round the outside of Tuanzebe but saw his effort saved by the advancing Hladky, but in any case the linesman’s flag had been raised.

The game was surprisingly open for one only half an hour old with both teams having set-up with an attacking intent.

In the 32nd minute, Ihiekwe was shown the game’s first yellow card for a foul on Moore just outside the box. Broadhead took the ball on into the box but slipped as he shot and his effort deflected behind.

Moments later, Hutchinson joined Ihiekwe in referee Leigh Doughty’s book for foul on Marvin Johnson on halfway, which looked harsh on the Town goalscorer, who had appeared to win the ball.

A minute later, Burns forced a corner down the right but subsequently went down with a hamstring injury. The winger was treated on the pitch but was quickly led down the tunnel and will now almost certainly be ruled out of the Wales squad for their Euro 2024 play-offs.

From the flag-kick, and with Town still down to 10 men, the Blues doubled their lead. Leif Davis sent it over and Moore headed onto the bar at the near post. Burgess tried to get his head on the loose ball, it fell to Tuanzebe, who tried to find space to apply a final touch and it deflected to Burgess, who slammed home his first goal of the season.

Town, who brought on Kayden Jackson ahead of the restart, went looking for a third and on 43 Davis was found in space on the left of the box but his shot from an angle was saved by Beadle.

A minute later, Gassama blazed over for the Owls, but it was a rare foray forward by the visitors by this stage and in the first minute of four additional minutes, Town made it 3-0.

Moore battled for the ball in the centre circle, turned and brought it forward before feeding Jackson to his right and the sub sent over a superb curling cross which reached Broadhead at the far post from where the Wales international smashed in his 12th goal of the season to move him level with Chaplin as the club’s top scorer.

There was no time for any further action and the final whistle was greeted by a huge cheer from Town supporters.

It had been a near-perfect half from the Blues with Burns’s injury the only negative. Wednesday had come with a very attacking line-up, something which usually plays into Town’s hands, particularly at Portman Road, with the Blues thriving when a game is open.

And that proved to be the case with Town able to play their football and dominate, creating chances throughout and scoring three goals, two very well worked from open play and another from a set piece.

Wednesday had one or two opportunities themselves but with Hladky forced into only one real save.

The visitors made two changes at the break, presumably to tried to tighten things up with Momo Diaby replacing Barry Bannan and Valentin taking over from Gassama.

But Town started the second half as they had ended the first with Hutchinson shooting deep into the Sir Bobby Robson Stand from the left of the area.

As the clock ticked past the 47-minute mark, there was a round of applause for fan Matt Newman, who recently died of a brain tumour aged 47.

And towards the end of the minute, the Blues scored their fourth goal. Town broke down the left from inside their own half before Broadhead fed Hutchinson on the right of the box, from where the youngster shot across Beadle and into the net for his second of the game - his first senior brace - and his eighth of the campaign.

On 53, Wednesday swapped Poveda for Wilks with the Owls already looking a well-beaten side.

Soon after, Luongo tried to catch Beadle off his line from the touchline by the dugouts but the keeper just about made it back and palmed it wide.

Moore shot over five minutes later with the Blues fully in control and looking likely to add to their goals with every attack.

The Wednesday backline repeatedly failed to clear a Jackson cross from the right on 56, then two minutes later Moore shot over following a run.

Just before the hour mark, a Hutchinson shot from the edge of the box looped over off a defender.

On 64, Jackson was sent away on the right in space with Broadhead breaking down the middle with no one near him, however, the sub’s cross was cut out. A minute later, Wednesday switched Ugbo for Michael Smith.

With the game won, Town made a double change on 72 with Sarmiento and Ali Al-Hamadi replacing Broadhead and Moore.

The subs were quickly into the action with the Iraqi international taking the ball across a defender to the right of the box but scuffing his shot well wide. Moments later, Jackson was found in a similar area but his volley similarly slid off his foot and well wide. In the 77th minute, the Owls switched Iorfa for Famewo.

Three minutes later, it was 5-0. Sarmiento unleashed a powerful strike from just outside the area, Beadle saved down to his right but couldn’t hold on and Al-Hamadi tapped his third goal for the club into the net from close range.

Mallik Wilks shot well over for the Owls on 84, but with the Blues so comfortable since the break that they were afforded the luxury of replacing both their central midfielders a minute later, Lewis Travis and Jack Taylor taking over from skipper Morsy and Luongo, who had once again been hugely impressive.

In the final scheduled minute, Town made it 6-0. Hutchinson broke into the area on the right, beat a man, then cut back to Al-Hamadi, who had the simplest of tasks to tap his second goal of the game into the net from a couple of feet.

The fourth official indicated an additional three minutes in which Town continued to look for goals before referee Doughty’s whistle confirmed the Blues’ biggest win of the season.

Wednesday’s approach played into Town’s hands and Kieran McKenna’s men made them pay in front of plenty of ex-players from the club’s golden eras, including Ray Crawford and Frans Thijssen, putting in their most complete performance of the season, showing trouncebackability rather than bouncebackability following last week's reverse at Cardiff.

The game was effectively won in the first half, although with Wednesday having a couple of opportunities themselves, but the second period was all Town.

Once the fourth goal went in, Owls heads dropped, there were arguments going on between defenders, and it became a case of how many the Blues were going to score and it might well have been even more than six.

There were outstanding performances throughout the side but with Hutchinson perhaps the best, while Morsy was dominant in midfield.

A great way for Town to return to winning ways after last week’s disappointment at Cardiff, the biggest win since the Exeter thrashing which confirmed promotion at the end of last season, with the Blues now having lost only one of their last 35 in the league at Portman Road.

The Blues last won 6-0 in the Championship in February 2011 when Connor Wickham netted a hat-trick at Doncaster, while Town last scored six at home in this division when they walloped Bristol City in November 2007 with Jon Walters bagging a treble that day. It was Wednesday’s biggest league defeat in 16 years.

Town are back up to second in the table, two points in front of Leeds, who host Millwall tomorrow, and one behind leaders Leicester, who are at Chelsea in the FA Cup.

The men aren’t in action next Saturday due to the international break but Ipswich Town Women play their first ever game at Portman Road against Chatham Town.

Town: Hladky, Tuanzebe, Woolfenden, Burgess, Davis, Morsy (c) (Travis 85), Luongo (Taylor 85), Burns (Jackson 38), Hutchinson, Broadhead (Sarmiento 72), Moore (Sarmiento 72). Unused: Walton, Clarke, Edmundson, Harness. 

Sheffield Wednesday: Beadle, Iorfa (Famewo 77), Ihiekwe, Bernard, Johnson, Vaulks, Bannan (c) (M Diaby 46), Poveda (Wilks 53), Musaba, Gassama (Valentin 46), Ugbo (Smith 65). Unused: Dawson, Palmer, B Diaby, Cadamarteri. Referee: Leigh Doughty (Lancashire). Att: 29,325 (Sheffield Wednesday: 1,945).

Photo: Matchday Images

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Baino added 17:12 - Mar 16
You beautiful blue barstewards!

TimmyH added 17:14 - Mar 16
Fantastic win!...far easier than I thought but we do bounce back well from losses. Good all round display from Hutch, Davis etc. and a clean sheet to boot! Just hope Burns isn't too badly injured

Well done all just what we needed with the international break and lets hope Neil Harris continues his wonders at Millwall (bet he doesn't).

blueboy1981 added 17:17 - Mar 16
Great Result and proves we can do it - no sitting back, and push on until the final whistle of the season. That’s what will be required.
Well Done All. Happy Saturday Evening for sure.

Bluebacker added 17:17 - Mar 16
What a way to bounce back after last week! Best performance for a long time. Still no back-to-back defeats under McKenna and a strong message to the others that we don’t believe we are out of this yet. Every single player was on it today, impossible to choose a man of the match but I thought that Jackson, Burgess, Luongo and Hutchinson in particular were outstanding. Well done all.

Lightningboy added 17:17 - Mar 16
Excellent response to last week - maybe,just maybe that kick in the teeth last Saturday will do us good in the long run.

Broadbent23 added 17:17 - Mar 16
This season keeps on giving. This will put pressure on Leeds to beat Millwall. I cannot remember when we scored 6 goals in the championship. I hope we can buy Omari now that Chelsea want to sell players. Good luck too our Welsh players in their playoff matches. Hopefully Wes will be fit. Another 8 matches t the promised land. BELIEVE.

Bert added 17:18 - Mar 16
Morsy and Hutch outstanding in a game we totally controlled after 10 minutes. Beautiful football.

jungleboy added 17:19 - Mar 16
Don't forget the clean sheet. All the defence and the keeper were immense!

Mr_Jingles added 17:25 - Mar 16
Awesome response to the kick in the teeth last week....53 goals in 19 games at PR this season... truly amazing !

SickParrot added 17:35 - Mar 16
Well, I wasn't expecting that! I thought Wednesday would make it really difficult for us today, so delighted to be wrong. Six goals and a rare home clean sheet, the perfect response to the poor performance last Saturday. So good to really thrash somebody at home at last. Well done KM and all the players - brilliant.

hyperbrit added 17:42 - Mar 16
I was being a meanie after Cardiff but,as the saying goes:"when the going gets tough ,the tough get going: Bravo sll

EssexTractor added 17:43 - Mar 16
The all round best team performance of the season .
Today individually and collectively
Omari fabulous skills
Massimo best match for weeks
Morsy a composed driving skippers effort
Defence solid, Axel powerful
Wednesday woeful but we were not dragged down to that level
Sarmiento can truly a hit a ball and Ali shows how to get in the position to score
No one less than 8/10

hyperbrit added 17:43 - Mar 16
that was supposed to say Bravo all

Broganonthewing added 17:45 - Mar 16
An outstanding performance, great goals from quick exciting football. Not really fair to name a man of the match, Hutchinson will get all the plaudits, he had a great game, but for me Luongo was outstanding, he covered every blade of grass!

SuffPunch added 17:47 - Mar 16
Top two a real possibility on performances like that. Fair play to Jackson who was excellent when he came on.

GrasmereBlue added 17:52 - Mar 16
Brilliant response after last week. Clean sheet too! The dream continues...just hope Wes Burns is OK

Barty added 17:54 - Mar 16
Superb football and brilliant result. Literally men against boys. Automatic - still very much on.

GavITFC added 17:56 - Mar 16
Told you we’d see a completely different display (thankfully). A huge game and a huge performance!! That was exactly what was required and puts us in a great position going into the break. Back to our upmost best. 8 cup finals to go!!

warktheline added 17:57 - Mar 16
McKenna’s boys just keep proving the doubters wrong! Hilarious! 6 of the best!

IpswichT62OldBoy added 18:01 - Mar 16
That goal difference is going to be important, its higher than Saints now, so that's worth a point.

Nomore4 added 18:03 - Mar 16
Can’t say I’m surprised…..I’ve had us down to finish top 2 since pre season after all.

RobITFC added 18:07 - Mar 16
Well after last weeks disappointing result you cannot ask anymore than that , well done to all of the players , fingers crossed this has put pressure on Leeds and Leicester ?

terryf added 18:13 - Mar 16
Though Omari was on fire today. Scored two goals and took up several good positions where if his team mates had picked out would have completed his hattrick. Also one pass he played across the pitch from left to right when he was down on the ground, second half, was outrageous.
Our central midfield worked tirelessly and Wednesday couldn't cope with the. Only downer on the afternoon was Wes Burns injury which apparently is his hamstring and not good for him or fro the remaining games.

cfmoses added 18:20 - Mar 16
So pleased with Jackson’s performance - Burns hamstring might mean we might see him again this season. If we can’t afford Hutch promotion may well be too soon. Axel whenever fit is ahead of Clarke. Good to see Mass back to his best and bet he’s pleased now for the international break.

Help added 18:30 - Mar 16
Excellent every single player.

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