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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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Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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