Car­los Ed­wards scores a last-gasp win­ner for Ipswich at Derby

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Tom Hold­croft

MICK McCARTHY ad­mit­ted to day­light rob­bery af­ter a Car­los Ed­wards screamer sent Ipswich six points clear of the drop zone.

Jamie Ward missed a first half penalty for the Rams whose three game win­ning streak came to an end de­spite a dom­i­nant per­for­mance at Pride Park.

“We’ve bur­gled it, McCarthy said. “The po­lice are coming. I think I heard the sirens.There’s a rob­bery gone on.

“We’ve had to stick at it be­cause we’ve not played par­tic­u­larly well and Derby did play well.

“We man­aged to fight our cor­ner, but Derby were the bet­ter team.

“Did we de­serve the three points? Not on our per­for­mance.

“But it was a great strike from Car­los who ran his socks off for 90 min­utes then did that.

“We worked hard, we fought our cor­ner and we got lucky. But who is both­ered how we played?” Derby’s 2-1 vic­tory at Port­man Road in Oc­to­ber left Ipswich rooted to the bot­tom of the ta­ble and cost Paul Jewell his job.

And although the Trac­tor Boys have staged a re­cov­ery un­der McCarthy and started pro­ceed­ings in 17th place, only three points sep­a­rated the East Anglian out­fit from the bot­tom three at kick-off.

Scott Loach kept them on level terms by tip­ping Craig Bryson’s vol­ley smartly round the post on 29 min­utes.

And af­ter luck­less striker Conor Sam­mon hit the post mo­ments later, Loach took cen­tre-stage again by sav­ing Ward’s penalty on the stroke of half-time fol­low­ing a Tommy Smith foul on Richard Keogh.

The Rams’ bad luck in-front of goal con­tin­ued on 62 min­utes when Chris Martin con­verted Sam­mon’s pass from close range, only for the as­sis­tant ref­eree’s flag to in­ter­vene.

Jake Bux­ton had been the un­likely hero of Derby’s Easter Mon­day vic­tory at Leeds with an 88th minute win­ner. And the former Bur­ton Al­bion de­fender al­most did it again 15 min­utes from time when he headed Paul Coutts’ cor­ner inches wide.

Ward also went close with a header and Jeff Hen­drick’s low ef­fort was blocked by Loach as the Trac­tor Boys’ goal con­tin­ued to lead a charmed ex­is­tence.

But de­spite Derby’s dom­i­nance, the vis­i­tors al­most snatched a smash-and-grab win on 87 min­utes when Aaron Creswell’s drive fizzed inches over the cross­bar.

And, in the third minute of stop­page time, McCarthy’s men hit the jack­pot as Ed­wards’ mazy drib­ble and 18-yard thunderbolt handed them a price­less three points and left Nigel Clough search­ing for a new penalty taker.

“We’ve lost the game but we didn’t de­serve to,” he said.

“We had enough chances to get the im­por­tant goal which would have changed the con­text of the game.

“But we’ve seen so many games over the years where a team hardly has a shot then, in the 93rd minute, some­one raps one into the top cor­ner.

“We gave a need­less ball away in mid­field and con­ceded from it. It really sticks in your claw when you lose like that.

“With the men­tal­ity we are try­ing to in­still, as much as we would like to win the game, we should have made sure we didn’t lose it.

“We’ll look at chang­ing our penalty taker. It’s a highly un­usual stat to miss four on the spin.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

THE WALL: Ipswich goal­keeper Scott Loach saves Jamie Ward’s penalty. In­set: Car­los Ed­wards hits the win­ner

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