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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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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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