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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 14,020) 7th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: K Wright

Swansea Swansea City vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

Scotland double fires Swans

Martinez's men prove too strong for Town

Last Updated: 07/02/09 6:04pm

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Scotland: Brace

Scotland: Brace

Swansea climbed up to seventh spot with a convincing 3-0 win over Ipswich at the Liberty Stadium.

Jason Scotland helped himself to two goals and Jordi Gomez's late strike secured Swansea their sixth win in seven games.

The result leaves Ipswich five points behind the in-form Welsh outfit and surely indicates that Roberto Martinez's men are better equipped for a strong play-off push.

Swansea got off to the perfect start with the opening goal after just two minutes through Scotland.

Great movement

The in-form frontman, who had netted 14 goals in all competitions prior to kick-off, showed great movement to get in front of his marker and lash the ball into the roof of the net following good play from Albert Serran down the right.

The visitors responded with Gareth McAuley heading straight at Swans goalkeeper Dorus De Vries while at the other end Swansea came close to extending their lead when Ashley Williams curled a shot at Wright.

As the half wore on the Swans began to boss possession with Mark Gower and Leon Britton inspirational in midfield.

And it was the latter who almost found the net with a 20-yard shot which forced Wright to make a good save.

Ipswich boss Jim Magilton made one substitution at half time with Pablo Counago replacing the ineffective Jon Walters and the change seemed to improve the Tractor Boys with David Norris and Tommy Miller going close with shots from outside the area.

Swansea, though, posed a constant threat at the other end with Wright once again coming to Ipswich's rescue with a save from first Joe Allen and then Gomez.

Well-worked
But the former England international was unable to prevent his side going further behind in the 72nd minute following a well-worked corner.

Gomez and Nathan Dyer linked up well before the latter drilled the ball into the area and Scotland held off the defender to fire home.

Any faint hopes of a late Ipswich revival were extinguished five minutes from time when Gomez curled a fantastic free kick past the hapless Wright to seal a very impressive win for the Swans.

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1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
4 Bournemouth 14 24
5 Middlesbrough 14 24
6 Norwich City 14 23
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 14 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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