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Ipswich Town 5-1 West Ham

Championship    2011-12
Portman Road   22,185
1Robert Green    
3George McCartney   
18Julien Faubert    
2Winston Reid    
5James Tomkins    
14Matthew Taylor    
4Kevin Nolan   
16Mark Noble    
22Henri Lansbury    
10Jack Collison 1  
9Carlton Cole    
7Sam BaldockSubed #16   
46Robert HallSubed #14   
24Frank NoubleSubed #9   
 PosTable as at 31 Jan 2012PlWHDHLHFHAHWADALAFAAAPts
1West Ham United288232213834221653
3Cardiff City289222716492181450
4Birmingham City27940226437242146
5Hull City288151613635121246
10Leeds United287252121545232142
11Brighton and Hove Albion287332012537111842
12Derby County288242014437132241
14Leicester City276352015454161538
15Crystal Palace284821310608141838
17Peterborough United286262825347172233
19Ipswich Town286172523338183231
20Bristol City284361215438132330
22Doncaster Rovers2845410122112133324
23Nottingham Forest2832101126418112024
24Coventry City285451715031172322
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Ipswich 5 West Ham 1

Ipswich made a mockery of their lowly position in the npower Championship as they put leaders West Ham to the sword at Portman Road.

The league's tightest defence met its weakest but it was Town who celebrated their first win in eight matches in all competitions to boost their battle for survival.

The home side led inside three minutes through Michael Chopra before Carlton Cole hit a post for the visitors moments later.

A crazy end to the first half saw three goals in the final two minutes plus stoppage time, with Daryl Murphy doubling Town's advantage with a header but Jack Collison halving the deficit within seconds.

Ipswich were then awarded a penalty which Lee Martin converted, and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas added a brace after the break as the Hammers saw their three-game winning run in the league come to an end.

But they stay top after second-placed Southampton were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cardiff.

Town made a flying start as they took the lead after three minutes. Emmanuel-Thomas held off the challenge of a couple of defenders before teeing up Chopra for his first goal in eight games.

The Hammers came agonisingly close to an equaliser in the sixth minute but Cole's header from George McCartney's delivery hit a post and bounced into the arms of goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett.

Moments later, Henri Lansbury, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Town's East Anglia rivals Norwich, fired a shot wide from 20 yards.

The game was swinging from end to end and Chopra came close to a second in the 35th minute but his close-range header was easy for goalkeeper Robert Green.

West Ham responded and James Tomkins headed a Mark Noble corner over before they fell further behind a minute before the break.

Tommy Smith flicked on a corner and Murphy was on hand to convert from close range - his first goal since November.

But the Hammers produced an immediate response as Collison headed in a Noble free-kick, although amazingly Ipswich went straight up the other end and restored their two-goal cushion.

George McCartney was booked for a foul on Chopra and Martin sent Green the wrong way from the spot.

An excellent save from Green prevented Emmanuel-Thomas from notching a fourth for Town 10 minutes into the second half.

But there was nothing Green could do when Emmanuel-Thomas left fly from 30 yards in the 64th minute to make it 4-1.

Winston Reid and Lansbury were denied by Lee-Barrett as West Ham attempted to get back into the game

Substitute Sam Baldock shot wide when he should have scored and Kevin Nolan was next to be foiled by Lee-Barrett as West Ham continued to fight back.

But Emmanuel-Thomas added a fifth in injury time to cap a miserable night for the Hammers.


Ipswich Lee-Barrett, Edwards, Sonko, Smith, Cresswell, Martin, Hyam, Drury, Murphy, Chopra (Scotland 79), Emmanuel-Thomas.

Subs Not Used: Wright, Delaney, Leadbitter, Bullard.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Chopra 3, Murphy 44, Martin 45 pen, Emmanuel-Thomas 64, 90.

West Ham Green, Faubert, Reid, Tomkins, McCartney, Collison, Lansbury, Nolan, Noble (Baldock 46), Taylor (Hall 69), Cole (Nouble 69).

Subs Not Used: Faye, O'Neil.

Booked: McCartney, Nolan.

Goals: Collison 45.

Att: 22, 185

Ref: Fred Graham (Essex).

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