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Clinton Morrison's first-half brace ensured Roy Keane got off to a bad start to the Coca-Cola Championship season as his much-fancied Ipswich side were beaten 2-1 by Coventry.

Morrison scored twice within the first 25 minutes to put Chris Coleman's side in charge and while Jon Walters quickly responded Coventry held on for all three points.

Despite a barrage of attacks in the second half, the visitors were unable to find a way past the excellent Keiren Westwood in the Coventry goal in their first game since the death of Sir Bobby Robson.

Robson, who won the FA Cup in 1978 and brought UEFA Cup glory to Ipswich in 1981, died last Friday and was remembered with a minute's applause before kick-off.

Robson's name was still being sung when his former side fell behind in the 10th minute after a rush of blood to the head from goalkeeper Richard Wright.

A harmless looking goal-kick ran through to Morrison and after Wright needlessly chased out of his goal, the striker was able to turn and chip a delightful effort over his head and those of several covering defenders to find the top corner.

Some fine passing in the middle then led to Morrison's second in the 25th minute. David Bell played it into the feet of Leon Best and after the striker was tackled Aron Gunnarsson worked it back out wide to Isaac Osbourne.

The right-back sent in a perfect first-time cross for Morrison to attack and he powered a header past Wright from 10 yards out.

Keane was irate as he appeared on the touchline and within three minutes his side had one back. Jon Stead dissected the Coventry defence with a perfect throughball and Walters kept his cool to steer a shot inside the post.

Ipswich continued to press but Coventry held on to start the season with a win and end Keane's 100% record with the Blues.

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Europa League
David Bell
Ipswich Town
Leon Best
Isaac Osbourne
Football
Richard Wright
Championship
Chelsea
Roy Keane
Clinton Morrison
FA Cup
Coventry City
Aron Gunnarsson

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