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Defensive blunders handed Derby County a defeat at Portman Road as Ipswich Town ran out 2-0 winners in this encounter. Whilst Ipswich played some good football and were generally on top it took two slips from Derby defenders, the second from new boy Darren Powell, to change the game in the Tractor Boys favour and eventually give them three points. The Rams work rate was as high as usual but they didn't create many chances going forward and rarely got in behind the home defence and they will be looking to get back on track against Preston on Tuesday at Pride Park.
Paul Jewell named an unchanged side after the international break meaning a place on the bench for Darren Powell alongside former Ipswich loanees Bywater and McEveley whilst the home side had Derby connections with substitutes Kevin Lisbie and Jon Stead both having spent time at Pride Park. Both sides played some neat football in the opening stages and Darren Ambrose had the first chance of the game on six minutes but his header from a David Wright cross was straight at Carroll.
Lewin Nyatanga picked up a yellow card after catching Counago in the middle of the park and Ambrose was involved again as his shot from just outside the area had Carroll scrambling to grab at the second attempt and the visiting keeper was called into action again to parry a David Norris effort moments later. Richard Naylor picked up the home sides first booking after tripping Tito Villa as he looked to get on the end of a loose ball in the Ipswich half.
Pablo Counago gave Ipswich the lead when a ball was played up to him on the edge of the Derby box and Claude Davies let him slip through before the Spaniard rolled the ball past Carroll. Davies seemed more intent on taking out his man than winning the ball and he was simply outmuscled by the little striker. Hulse looked to put Derby back in it straight away when he turned on a Connolly throw but his effort span well wide of goal.
Claude Davies pulled up whilst making a clearance and Darren Powell came in for his Derby debut ten minutes before halftime but he was largely untroubled as the cam petered out a little and the break came with Derby trailing 1-0.
Walters had an early run at Powell at the start of the second period but he lost control of the ball and Carroll came out well to claim at the strikers feet. Commons then became the second of Derby's midweek internationals to be withdrawn through injury as he made way for Kazmierczak on 51 minutes and Walters should have done better when escaping the offside trap moments later only to fire wastefully across goal.
CJ Francis, the games fourth official, took over from man in the middle Mike Russell on 54 minutes as the injuries started to pile up. Richard Wright was called into action as Kazmierczak powerfully met Barazite's right wing cross but the home keeper pulled out a top class save to deny the Polish midfielder and his side were soon two down at the other end. Wright found space down the right from a Garvan pass and his cross was met by Powell but the Derby man made a mess of his clearance and the ball fell for Walters to turn and fire home from three yards.
Nathan Ellington came off the bench for Villa on 69 minutes as Derby looked to get back in the game and Paul Green should have done better when a Barazite free kick fell to him in the area but his volley from 14 yards flew well over. Ipswich looked to extend their lead and Norris forced another save from Carroll before Garvan sneaked in round the back before shooting wide of the near post.
Stewart decided to let fly from 20 yards but his effort didn't really trouble Richard Wright and Kevin Lisbie had his effort saved by Carroll's feet as the game reached the ninety minute mark and with no further chances to speak of in injury time Ipswich ran out deserved winners to move closer to the play-off positions.
Roy Carroll 7
Paul Connolly 7
Jordan Stewart 7
Claude Davis 6
Lewin Nyatanga 7
Nacer Barazite 6
Miles Addison 7
Paul Green 7
Kris Commons 6
Rob Hulse 6
Tito Villa 6
Darren Powell 6
Przemyslaw Kazmierczak 7
Nathan Ellington 6
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