CARLING CUP SEMI-FINAL 1ST LEG: Ipswich shock Arsenal at Portman Road

Ipswich will take a narrow 1-0 lead to Arsenal for the Carling Cup semi-final second leg after stunning the Gunners with a late winner at Portman Road.
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Ipswich will take a narrow 1-0 lead to Arsenal for the Carling Cup semi-final second leg after stunning the Gunners with a late winner at Portman Road.

Ipswich had already exited the FA Cup on Saturday, going down 7-0 at Chelsea with caretaker boss Ian McParland in charge and McParland it was who masterminded this win as new manager Paul Jewell watched from the stands.

The Tractor Boys are currently sitting in a season-low 19th place in the Championship table, just three points above the relegation zone and for most of the first half it seemed just a matter of time before Arsenal scored, such was their dominance.

Yet for all their possession the elusive final ball seemed to elude the visitor’s and as the game wore on Ipswich grew in confidence.

The winning goal arrived 12 minutes from time as a simple ball over the top of the Gunners defence was collected by Tamas Priskin, who had earlier missed a good chance when clean through, but this time he shot past keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will look back on the chances missed - Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin both went close, but Cesc Fabregas it was who fluffed a clearest opportunity in the second half.

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Venue: Portman Road
Attendance: 29,146

Ipswich scorers: Priskin 78
Arsenal scorers:

IPSWICH
21 Fulop
02 Peters
04 McAuley
05 Delaney
48 O'Dea (yellow card)
07 Edwards
08 Norris
24 Healy
39 Kennedy
09 Wickham
16 Priskin (yellow card) (Murray 90)

Substitutes
12 Lee-Barrett,
20 Smith,
23 Eastman,
26 Civelli,
27 Lambe,
34 Hourihane,
28 Murray

ARSENAL
53 Szczesny
06 Koscielny
20 Djourou
27 Eboue
28 Gibbs
04 Fabregas
14 Walcott
15 Denilson
19 Wilshere (A Song 68)
23 Arshavin (Vela 80)
52 Bendtner (Chamakh 68)

Substitutes
55 Shea,
40 Eastmond,
48 Miquel,
16 Ramsey,
17 A Song,
11 Vela,
29 Chamakh

 
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