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Portman Road (ATT 27,225) 3rd May 2009 - Kick off 13:15 Ref: G Laws

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Coventry City Coventry

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Keane's boys end on a high

Ipswich ease past Sky Blues

Last Updated: 03/05/09 10:33pm

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Giovani: Opened scoring

Giovani: Opened scoring

Roy Keane's excellent start to life as Ipswich manager continued as they won their first home game under the Irishman with a 2-1 triumph over Coventry in their final match of the season.

Winger Giovani dos Santos broke the deadlock on 24 minutes and striker Pablo Counago doubled the advantage two minutes later at Portman Road.

Coventry netted a late consolation through Clinton Morrison but could not prevent Keane making it two wins out of two since his since his appointment.

Giovani, who is on-loan from Tottenham, found the net soon after when he cut inside from the right flank and curled home from 20 yards out. The ball took a slight deflection off visitors' full-back Ben Turner.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 26th minute, with Counago calmly slotting home after a Stead shot had been blocked.

Despite conceding twice in quick succession, Coventry remained dangerous on the break and captain Morrison pulled a goal back in the 79th minute with a poacher's effort, turning in a knock-down from central defender Elliott Ward after a Freddy Eastwood corner.

Keane, who emerged to a rapturous reception, brought in Jonathan Stead and

Tommy Smith for Matt Richards and Ivan Campo.

For Coventry, Chris Coleman called up Leon Best and James McPake for Marcus Hall and the suspended Daniel Fox.

City winger Robbie Simpson had the first effort on goal but dragged his left-footed shot wide.

Domination

But Ipswich dominated the early stages in blustery conditions and Counago came agonisingly close with a 25-yard curling effort.

His strike partner Stead, who latched on to a Counago pass, had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute but was flagged offside.

Loanee dos Santos found the net soon after when he cut inside from the right flank and curled home from 20 yards out. The ball took a slight deflection off visitors' full-back Ben Turner.

The home side doubled their advantage in the 26th minute, with Counago calmly slotting home after a Stead shot had been blocked.

Despite conceding twice in quick succession, Coventry remained dangerous on the break.

Best shot wide after a jinking run down the left and it needed a last-ditch challenge from Ipswich full-back Jaime Peters to deny Eastwood.

Coventry had an extraordinary escape in the 52nd minute when Counago managed to divert a Norris shot on to the crossbar, with City goalkeeper Keiren Westwood beaten.

The Spaniard had crouched down on the goal-line in an attempt to avoid his team-mate's effort on an open goal but inadvertently guided it to safety.

With Ipswich holding on to a comfortable lead, Mexican waves started to go round the stands as the game developed an end of season feel.

Ipswich substitute Danny Haynes, on for Giovani, shot just wide with an attempted lob after running on to a Stead diagonal pass but there was little goalmouth action.

Coventry had created little in the second half until captain Morrison pulled a goal back in the 79th minute with a poacher's effort, turning in a knock-down from central defender Elliott Ward after an Eastwood corner.

The goal gave the visitors renewed vigour and Eastwood had a hooked effort deflected over by Ipswich substitute Veliche Shumulikoski.

Simpson hit the bar with a 25-yard free-kick with virtually the last kick of the game as an equaliser evaded the Sky Blues.

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