Slick Town see off Wolves
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Goals from Darren Bent and Tommy Miller were enough to give Ipswich a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Portman Road.
Having dominated for much of the first hour, during which time they scored both of their goals, the home side just about deserved the three points, although they were made to hold on towards the end.
Wolves came to life after Seyi Olofinjana headed them back into the game against the run of play, but although they showed a marked improvement in the last half hour, Dave Jones' side rarely looked like forcing an equaliser.
Ipswich were much the better team in the first half and were full value for the half time lead given to them by Bent's 29th minute goal.
Jim Magilton curled in a cross from the right and Bent was able to steer a header beyond Paul Jones into the far corner.
Bent had earlier sent Jones scrambling towards his left hand post with a diving header, while Miller's header was deflected over after a fine link up with Magilton.
Miller then came within a whisker of extending Ipswich's lead with a shot from 18 yards which crashed off the underside of the bar and onto the line.
Wolves' only chance of the first period came when Lee Naylor sent in a fine low cross from the left, but Shaun Newton could only turn the ball into the side-netting.
Shefki Kuqi was guilty of a glaring miss when he turned Bent's cross against a post from just two yards, but he made up for it moments later when his burst into the area was stopped by a combination of Naylor and Joleon Lescott.
Referee Phil Crossley pointed to the spot and Miller made no mistake, sending Jones the wrong way as he rolled in a low shot.
Inexplicably the home defence then went to sleep as Kevin Cooper sent in a free-kick from the left, and Olofinjana was left with time and space to head his first goal for Wolves.
Naylor's well struck shot forced a save from Kelvin Davis as the visitors upped the tempo, but they were otherwise unable to test the Ipswich keeper as they pushed for an equaliser.
In the end it was Ipswich who came closest to adding a fourth goal as they played on the break, with Miller's side-foot shot bringing a smart save from Jones.