Ip­swich hon­our Sir Bobby in style

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham

IT WAS per­haps fit­ting that the mas­ter got one over the ap­pren­tice at the club where Sir Bobby Rob­son made his name.

The football world stood to­gether yes­ter­day to mark a national football day in hon­our of the leg­endary for­mer Eng­land man­ager.

And at Ip­swich Town, whom Rob­son led to UEFA Cup and FA Cup glory be­fore tak­ing over the national side, the pre-match cel­e­bra­tions at Port­man Road ended in per­fect fash­ion – as three sec­ond-half goals sunk a poor Mill­wall side.

Town boss Mick McCarthy said: “I think Sir Bobby might have liked a bit more silky football to be hon­est. But I still think he would have taken a 3-0 win, how­ever it came.”

The tame Lions were ar­chi­tects of their own down­fall, mak­ing crass er­rors, in­clud­ing scor­ing two own goals.

McCarthy was left to cele- brate his side’s first vic­tory of the sea­son and get one over Mill­wall boss Steve Lo­mas, who used to clean the no-non­sense Ir­ish defender’s boots at Manch­ester City.

Lo­mas, 15 years McCarthy’s ju­nior, was taught a tough les­son about the Cham­pi­onship af­ter a mis­take by Jack Smith led to Aaron Cress­well forc­ing an own goal out of the un­for­tu­nate Shane Lowry shortly af­ter the hour mark.

It was a de­ci­sive mo­ment with Mill­wall im­prov­ing af­ter the in­ter­val fol­low­ing a first half which should have seen Ip­swich ahead.

David McGoldrick was a con­stant thorn in the vis­i­tors’ side, de­nied by Stephen By­wa­ter af­ter five min­utes and then see­ing a rocket shot su­perbly tipped away by the Mill­wall keeper.

The Lions crept back into the game in the early throes of the sec­ond half and Richard Chap­low should have done bet­ter fol­low­ing good work from new loa­nee Shaun Derry. But once Lowry had put the ball into his own net, there was only go­ing to be one win­ner.

The points were safe in the 70th minute when the left-back need­lessly fouled Daryl Mur­phy by the cor­ner flag and Smith rose high­est to pow­er­fully di­vert Paul An­der­son’s free kick into the roof of the net.

As Sir Bobby’s name was sung by the stand adorn­ing his name, the ic­ing was ap­plied when An­der­son’s header was de­flected in by Beev­ers.

Lo­mas said:“The first goal was a mis­take from our point of view. It was a re­ally poor, soft goal, pretty much out of noth­ing.

“Once you con­cede one, es­pe­cially away from home, you have to keep go­ing and keep it at one­nil for as long as pos­si­ble.

“But we didn’t give our­selves a chance to get back in the game. The sec­ond goal was a need­less free kick out wide and a free header in­side our box.

“We knew Ip­swich were go­ing to come out of the traps, at home on Sir Bobby Rob­son Day and af­ter two de­feats. It is not the end of the world, but of course we are dis­ap­pointed.”

McCarthy was left purring over Smith’s de­ci­sive sec­ond – one that he ad­mit­ted he would have been proud of.

He added: “Of my 12 goals in my 500-odd league games, they were gen­uinely all like that – I can re­mem­ber most of them. It was a mag­nif­i­cent header.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

OPEN­ERS: Tommy Smith, sec­ond right, scores the first goal for Ip­swich

saves at the BRAVE: Stephen By­wa­ter feet of Ip­swich’s David


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