Ipswich v Rams Report
14th April 2007
Bywater off as Rams go down
The Rams were beaten 2-1, when second half substitute Danny Haynes converted a late penalty as Ipswich came from behind to beat the Rams in a heated clash at Portman Road which saw both sides reduced to 10 men.
Billy Davies handed Dean Leacock a return in place of the suspended Darren Moore, and Seth Johnson returned in place of Arturo Lupoli. Also on the bench returning from injury was Stephen Pearson.
Shane Supple was selected for the Tractor boys to deputise for injured Town goalkeeper Lewis Price, while Jonathan Walters was drafted in for Haynes in attack.
The home side started strongly, with Fabian Wilnis shooting from long-range after barely a minute.
Francis Jeffers was next to try his luck from 25-yards in the seventh minute as Jim Magilton's side continued to set the early tempo.
Walters forced a save from Derby keeper Stephen Bywater, but moments later, the Rams' first effort resulted in the opening goal.
Steve Howard reached a long punt forward to nod down to Matt Oakley and the
30-year-old rifled home a sublime volley from distance.
In response, Jeffers headed over the bar, while Gary Roberts fired wide.
In the 23rd minute Oakley was deservedly booked for a bad foul on Roberts and the game really boiled over minutes later.
An Ipswich cross sailed out harmlessly before tempers suddenly flared in the Derby penalty area, and referee Iain Williamson showed red cards to Bywater and Ipswich's Alex Bruce, who subsequently squared up again as they headed for the tunnel, prompting another melee.
Fuming Rams boss Davies was sent to the stands and had to be led away from the pitch as Williamson struggled to calm matters.
Derby sacrificed Craig Fagan to bring on substitute goalkeeper Lee Grant.
At the start of the second half, Morten Bisgaard was sent on for Seth Johnson for Derby, while Magilton sent on George O'Callaghan for Owen Garvan.
Yet another effort from distance saw Ipswich threaten an early equaliser after the restart as Jeffers' shot hit the bar and went into the stand.
O'Callaghan's header from Jaime Peters' cross never looked like finding the net before the hour mark, while Jeffers saw another strike from more than 30-yards saved well by Grant.
But finally Jeffers was rewarded for his endeavour when Wilnis released him on goal and the Liverpudlian coolly slotted the ball between the keeper's legs to level.
The Tractor Boys pushed for a winner and the pressure paid off when James McEveley fouled Haynes in the box.
Haynes got up to smash home the winner from the spot with less than three minutes of normal time remaining.
Ipswich - GK Supple, Wilnis, De Vos, Bruce, Wright, Peters, Garvan (O'Callaghan 46), Williams, Roberts (Harding 31), Jeffers (Haynes 79), Walters
Subs Not Used: Lee, Miller.
Derby - GK Bywater, Mears, Edworthy, Leacock, McEveley, Barnes (Teale 83), Oakley, Jones, Seth Johnson (Bisgaard 46), Fagan (Grant 29), Howard
Subs Not Used: Camara, Pearson.
Ref: I Williamson (Berkshire)
Att - 24,319
He said: 'Two individual errors cost us dearly. Two of three clubs can now gain automatic promotion and I am delighted that we are one of those with every possibility of getting over the line.
'I have seen the video and feel that both clubs were most unfortunate to pick up a red card. I think that perhaps the sending off affected us more than Ipswich.'
'We controlled chunks of the game at Derby earlier in the season and didn't get our reward. This time we did.''
Magilton was also disappointed with the sendings off, saying: 'Referees sometimes don't understand the importance of the occasion.'