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Portman Road (ATT 21,483) 23rd August 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Tanner

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves


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Wolves keep up positive start

Ebanks-Blake and Edwards score as Bruce sent off

Last Updated: 23/08/08 6:06pm

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Ebanks-Blake: Opened scoring

Ebanks-Blake: Opened scoring

Wolves maintained their unbeaten start to the Championship season with a 2-0 win over 10-man Ipswich Town.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake provided Mick McCarthy's side with a first-half advantage before Town defender Alex Bruce was sent off on 76 minutes.

Within two minutes, David Edwards scored Wolves' second as Ipswich, who were imperious at Portman Road last term, await a first home point of the new campaign.

Wolves had the better of the opening exchanges but almost fell behind when Kevin Lisbie capitalised on indecision by Richard Stearman after being put through by Jonathan Walters.

Wanderers striker Chris Iwelumo had the first shot on goal, which was comfortably saved by Richard Wright, before Matt Jarvis could only shoot weakly following Karl Henry's run through midfield.

But the visitors went into the lead when Jarvis twisted and turned on the wing, before crossing for Ebanks-Blake to claim his second goal of the season.

Lisbie swivelled smartly in the box and nearly equalised after good work by Haynes.

Neill Collins was left unchallenged in Town's area but headed wide from Kevin Foley's cross, before Wolves failed to clear Danny Haynes' cross - and Walters volleyed over the bar.

Ipswich pressure

Haynes also fired over following Tommy Miller's free-kick moments before the half-time whistle sounded.

Half-time substitute Pablo Counago exchanged passes with Walters, before firing tamely at Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.

Lisbie burst forward and rolled the ball across for Haynes, who should have done better than fire the ball over the bar.

Hennessey saved smartly from Counago as Town continued to press, although Michael Kightly caught the home defence napping from Iwelumo's knock-down and fired wide.

Ipswich's players appealed unsuccessfully for a penalty as Stearman cleared Miller's effort off the line following a smart Town move involving Haynes and Lisbie.

Wright pulled off a superb save from Stearman's powerful header. But after Ipswich midfielder Bruce was sent off for a two-footed challenge on David Jones, the visitors doubled their advantage as Edwards pounced to stab home when Wright parried Jarvis' shot.

Andy Keogh replaced Kightly late on before Jarvis hit the post following a superb run, but Wolves were already assured of victory which took them second in the table.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 45 25