Scotland double fires Swans
Martinez's men prove too strong for Town
Last Updated: February 7, 2009 6:04pm
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.
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-workedBut 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.
Sat 7th Feb
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Norwich1 - 2Bristol C
Swansea3 - 0Ipswich
Blackpool2 - 3Doncaster
Plymouth0 - 3Derby
N Forest2 - 2QPR
Reading0 - 0Preston
Coventry2 - 1Wolves
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