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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 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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