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Portman Road (ATT 25,349) 28th December 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Ipswich 3

J Walters (4)
J Stead (63, 78)

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QPR 0

Stead sends Rs packing

Improving Ipswich see off QPR

Last Updated: 28/12/09 5:41pm

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Stead: Second-half brace

Stead: Second-half brace

Jon Stead helped himself to a brace as Ipswich Town continued their improved form with a 3-0 win over disappointing QPR.

Roy Keane's men were on the front foot from the off with Jonathan Walters opening the scoring with just four minutes played.

Town continued to dominate and Stead scored twice in the second half to wrap up a richly-deserved success over Paul Hart's men.

The win keeps Ipswich three points clear of third-from-bottom Plymouth while QPR are now 10th, four points adrift of sixth spot.

The home side got off to the perfect start when they took the lead inside the opening four minutes.

Sixth of the season

Stern John fed Walters and he ran towards goal, beat his full-back and fired past Radek Cerny into the bottom corner to notch his sixth goal of the season.

Keane's men continued their early dominance and had three golden opportunities to extend their lead.

First Gareth McAuley headed over from a corner when unmarked, before Walters wasted a fine chance as he dawdled and after a scramble the ball hit the post and was cleared.

And from the resulting corner Damien Delaney headed over when he should have at least tested Cerny.

Having found themselves lucky not to be 3-0 down, QPR finally began to stir and fashioned out two fine chances to equalise, with both falling to Adel Taarabt.

The midfielder put the ball just wide of the post with a glancing header from a good position and 90 seconds later he fired over from close range.

QPR were keen to get back into the game and controlled the opening period of the second half.

No production

However, they were unable to produce anything telling in the final third and Ipswich keeper Arran Lee-Barrett was not tested.

And then Ipswich stuck the knife in when they doubled their lead just after the hour and it was a fine finish by Stead.

Owen Garvan fed the ball into the striker's feet and he managed to turn his defender with ease before slamming home from the edge of the area.

Ipswich then made sure of the three points when Stead got his sixth of the season by tapping the ball home after good work from Walters with 12 minutes remaining.

And the former England Under-21 striker really should have bagged a hat-trick but he wasted two good opportunities late on in the game.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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