Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich
02/02/08 - 15:00
Alan Quinn returned to Hillsborough with his Ipswich side to send the Owls crashing to another defeat on home soil - and give Jim Magilton's Tractor Boys their first away victory of the season at Hillsborough on Saturday.
Quinn, who started his career in the blue and white of Wednesday before making the switch to Sheffield United, bagged the visitors' opener after just four minutes with a long-range special while Alan Lee hit the winner after Marcus Tudgay had levelled for Wednesday.
Owls boss Brian Laws brought new loan additions Graham Kavanagh and Enoch Showumni straight in to the side for their debuts in place of the departing Glenn Whelan and Akpo Sodje respectively, but the moves didn't pay off as Laws was left pondering further moves in the loan marker following the lacklustre performance in front of just over 19,000 fans in a chilly S6.
Laws will have been keen for his troops to improve on their 2-1 defeat to Wolves in midweek but the lacklustre start only played in to Ipswich's hands, and it had to be that man Quinn who opened his Ipswich account with a long-range piledriver which beat Grant after four minutes.
The early breakthrough could well have been the early wake-up call that Wednesday needed, but if anything it gave the visitors the belief that they could well grab their first away win of the season, and they almost made it two minutes later as Quinn broke free thanks to a strange deflection from the referee, but Jermaine Johnson tracked back and did well to help clear the danger.
And while Johnson was the hero at one end for Wednesday, he almost levelled at the other end as he sprinted clear of his marker but saw his effort deflected on to the crossbar for a corner.
And it was from the corner that Wednesday grabbed their leveller, Burton O'Brien swinging in a corner that scrambled around the Ipswich box before the in-form Tudgay unleashed an unstoppable effort in to the back of the net.
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New signings Graham Kavanagh and Enoch Showumni hadn't made the instant impact that Laws may have hoped, with the clash being somewhat scrappy in the opening 45 minutes.
Half-Time: Wednesday 1-1 Ipswich
Unlike the start of the first half, the second half saw Wednesday kick-off with more promise, keeping the visitors penned in their own half for the opening five or ten minutes of the second period as they looked for a vital three points against the league's worst travellers.
But the chances for Wednesday came very few and far between, with a distinct lack of creativity in the new-look midfield.
The best chances of the match had come through tricky winger Johnson, and it was he who raced clear down the right before putting a cross which missed the on-coming Tudgay by a matter of inches.
Ipswich failed to trouble Grant in the second half but the introduction of former Rotherham United man Alan Lee changed that, with the frontman making an almost instant impact by firing the visitors in to the lead.
Jason De Vos put a fine cross in to the box that caused mayhem for the Owls defenders, and Quinn knocked the ball back across the face of goal for Lee to steal in and smash home from point blank range.
And the game could well have been signed, sealed and delivered for former Wednesday man Magilton and his troops as Wednesday stopper Lee Grant was fortunate to escape a penalty and a sending off as he tangled with Quinn following a defensive mix-up.
But the official decided to award the corner despite heavy protests by the visitors.
Wednesday did have their chances to level as Burton O'Brien raced clear of the defence and sent a right-footed effort towards goal which was well saved by Bywater, before Small was also sent clear but he didn't have the pace to get clear of the Ipswich defence before the danger was cleared.
And the visitors didn't have to survive any more scares to pick up their first away win of the season and leave Wednesday looking over their shoulder at the relegation spots.
Full-Time: Wednesday 1-2 Ipswich
Wednesday: Grant; Bullen, Hinds, Beevers, Spurr; Johnson (Burton 82), Kavanagh, Wallwork (Small 58), O'Brien, Showunmi (Clarke 76), Tudgay. Unused subs: Gilbert, Wood.
Ipswich: Bywater, Bruce, Harding, De Vos, Wright; Norris, Miller, Quinn (Haynes 85), Garvan (Sumulikoski 77); Walters, Counago (Lee 65). Unused subs: Colgan, Naylor.
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