Dickov an­gry as Mick dreams

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

ONE man­ager com­pared his cap­tain to a Brazil­ian leg­end while the other screamed foul play claim­ing his de­fender could have had his leg bro­ken.

Wel­come to the crazy, high­pres­sured world of the last few weeks of the foot­ball sea­son.

Ip­swich Town’s pur­suit of the play-offs ap­pears to be head­ing down to the wire af­ter this win over Don­caster Rovers, who have their own fight at the wrong end of the ta­ble.

And in keep­ing with the in­sane world of the Cham­pi­onship, a rather tepid match livened up in the lat­ter stages with two late goals, three vi­tal saves and six nervy min­utes of in­jury time.

It ended in con­tro­versy with Luke Cham­bers fir­ing in a 86th-minute win­ner as Don­caster de­fender Gabriel Ta­mas lay prone on the ground fol­low­ing a hefty tackle by Luke Hyam.

Rovers boss Paul Dickov, a spiky player in his prime, equally pulled no punches in his as­sess­ment of ref­eree Gra­ham Scott’s in­volve­ment in the win­ner.

Dickov said: “I feel re­ally hard done by. It was a bla­tant free-kick on Ta­mas – he was lucky not to have his leg bro­ken.

“Ta­mas has six studs down his shin. It is the in­con­sis­tency that is so frus­trat­ing. I am go­ing to see the ref­eree to talk to him. I can't tell you what I am go­ing to say – it would be un­print­able.

“I don’t want to see any­one get sent off but it wasn’t just a foul, it was a red card.” The con­tentious in­ci­dent was not in keep­ing with a rather life­less match that ap­peared to head­ing to­wards a com­fort­able 1-0 home vic­tory.

That man Ta­mas and his de­fen­sive coun­ter­part Tommy Smith had the best of the limited first-half chances be­fore Daryl Mur­phy headed home his 13th of the sea­son with lit­tle over 60 sec­onds gone in the sec­ond half.

But the game burst into lfie on 83 min­utes. Don­caster were handed a life­line when im­pres­sive young left-back Ty­rone Mings clum­sily tan­gled with Mark Duffy and Chris Brown calmly slot­ted the penalty in.

But less than three min­utes later, Cham­bers took ad­van­tage of a re­bound to ri­fle home.

There was still time for nerves to be jan­gled, Ip­swich keeper Dean Gerken sav­ing from Brown and Duffy be­fore Frank Nou­ble wasted a golden op­por­tu­nity at the other end.

McCarthy backed his mid­fielder Hyam but ad­mit­ted Ta­mas was fouled af­ter see­ing the re­plays.

The Town boss said: “It was a must win. There are big games com­ing up and it is ex­cit­ing to be part of it.We have a chance of get­ting pro­moted to the Pre­mier League.

“If you can get in the play-offs, one team has to win. It might be a side who gets sixth and has mo­men­tum – like us, or Bournemouth or Brighton. We would all pro­vide dif­fi­cult op­po­si­tion and the play-offs are such a lot­tery.”

And of his skip­per Cham­bers, who has spent the sea­son play­ing right back in­stead of his more favoured cen­tral role, McCarthy added: “The de­fence have chipped in with goals and Luke Cham­bers has been ex­cel­lent hav­ing played out of po­si­tion all sea­son.

“Luke took a bang to the head in the sec­ond half and then thought he was Car­los Al­berto!”


LUKE ON HIS SIDE: Luke Cham­bers, sec­ond right, cel­e­brates scor­ing the sec­ond goal for Ip­swich

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