Smith sees off Leeds
Whites suffer second successive Championship defeat
Last Updated: 02/10/10 5:31pm
Smith: Scored Ipswich's winner
Ipswich Town compounded a miserable week for Leeds United by securing a 2-1 success at Portman Road.
It was all Roy Keane's men in the first half and Jason Scotland rounded Shane Higgs to give Town a deserved lead.
Leeds battled back late on and levelled matters when substitute Sanchez Watt picked out Robert Snodgrass.
However, the visitors then lost Alex Bruce to a second yellow card and Tommy Smith made Leeds pay by scoring the winner.
Smith, who only got the nod after Darren O'Dea was injured in the warm-up, proved his worth early on as he blocked Richard Naylor's goalbound header.
Neil Kilkenny, one of those recalled by Whites boss Simon Grayson, then failed to get a good connection to a Snodgrass cross, and Davide Somma narrowly failed to nip in to capitalise on a scramble as Leeds applied some early pressure.
It failed to tell, though, and the home side took the lead after 19 minutes.
Jake Livermore picked up the ball in midfield and, after running at the Leeds defence, slotted a perfect pass through to Scotland who rounded Higgs and converted.
The former Wigan man looked to add a quick second but dragged a low drive wide, but, although Somma fizzed a 30-yard effort off target, Scotland's goal gave Town a half-time lead for the first time this season.
That lead was nearly wiped out after the restart as Bruce whipped a dangerous ball across Marton Fulop's goal, with three United players narrowly failing to connect.
Scotland should have made it two for Ipswich, though, when he sliced over from six yards, while Bradley Johnson wasted a chance for Leeds when he curled a free-kick wildly over from just outside the area.
Higgs then left the field with a hamstring injury, forcing Leeds to bring on Blackburn loanee Jason Brown, who was quickly in the action as he turned behind a Scotland effort.
Scotland was made to pay for his missed chances when Leeds equalised 13 minutes from time.
Smith and Gareth McAuley both jumped for the same ball and, after they failed to clear, Somma played in substitute Watt who had the awareness to square for the waiting Snodgrass.
Leeds had the initiative at that point but they were quickly robbed of it as Bruce was dismissed for a second yellow card after one foul too many on the dangerous Andros Townsend.
And Bruce was made to pay for his indiscretion when, after Ipswich received a free-kick with eight minutes remaining, Smith was left unmarked by the Leeds defence and got on the end of Carlos Edwards' cross.
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Bristol C0 - 3Norwich
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