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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 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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