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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 Middlesbrough 44 84
2 Bournemouth 43 83
3 Watford 43 82
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 43 75
6 Ipswich Town 43 74
7 Brentford 43 71
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 71
9 Blackburn Rovers 42 59
10 Nottingham Forest 43 58
11 Sheffield Wednesday 43 58
12 Charlton Athletic 43 57
13 Cardiff City 43 55
14 Birmingham City 42 54
15 Leeds United 43 52
16 Huddersfield Town 43 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 43 50
18 Reading 42 47
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 46
20 Fulham 43 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 42 39
23 Wigan Athletic 43 36
24 Blackpool 43 25

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