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Portman Road (ATT 22,977) 2nd November 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Probert

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Five-star Ipswich run riot

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 02/11/04 9:40pm

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Shefki Kuqi scored twice as Ipswich beat Sheffield United 5-1 and set a club record of scoring in 29 consecutive matches.

With only Wigan and Sunderland in the top half of the table winning, Joe Royle's side strengthened their position in the automatic promotion places with a superb display of finishing.

Tommy Miller started the rout, converting a penalty after Darren Bent had been sent sprawling in the area by United keeper Paddy Kenny.

Referee Lee Probert opted not to show Kenny a card for his indiscretion, but that reprieve proved to be only a short respite for the Blades keeper, who was picking the ball out of his net for a second time only 60 seconds later.

This time Kuqi was the scorer, heading in a left-wing cross from defender Fabian Wilnis straight from the kick-off.

United rallied before the break and got themselves back into the game when defender Leigh Bromby crashed in a volley from the edge of the area on the stroke of half time.

Bromby almost repeated the trick straight after the interval before Paul Shaw drove a low shot just wide of Lewis Price's goal.

However, The Blades' resistance was broken after 62 minutes when Town defender Richard Naylor beat Kenny with a powerful header from Jim Magilton's corner.

Six minutes later Kuqi scored his second of the game when he drilled in a low shot from 16 yards after being picked out by Bent.

Miller then teed up Ian Westlake to complete the scoring in the 71st minute, stretching Ipswich's unbeaten run to nine league matches.

 

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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