Ipswich boss Roy Keane's rollercoaster week continued as Craig Beattie scored twice to give Swansea a 3-1 npower Championship win over Ipswich at Portman Road.

Andros Townsend gave the hosts the lead at the end of a strong spell but a brace from Beattie either side of a scruffy goal from Joe Allen proved enough to inflict an eighth defeat in 10 league games for the Tractor Boys.

Keane remains firmly under pressure after more woeful defending allowed Brendan Rodgers' men to escape with the win.

Swansea dominated the first opening half-hour of the clash but the hosts almost snatched the lead through former Swansea striker Jason Scotland.

Grant Leadbitter fed a ball through to Scotland on the edge of the area and he showed remarkable strength to roll away from two challenges and fire in a curling effort which Dorus De Vries had to tip away to safety.

Ipswich started the second half in a similar vein and it was no surprise when Townsend gave them the lead in the 50th minute. Gianni Zuiverloon moved the ball out wide to Carlos Edwards and when he looped over a cross to the far post Townsend came in off his wing to plant a powerful header past De Vries and into the bottom corner.

The visitors responded well to take charge as Beattie headed them level in the 64th minute when he took advantage of sloppy goalkeeping from Brian Murphy. Mark Gower swung in a free-kick from tight on the left touchline and Beattie got in front of a hesitant Murphy to head in from close range.

Confidence seemed to drain from the Ipswich players and Allen gave Swansea the lead in the 64th minute after some horrendous defending.

Andrea Orlandi cut the ball back from the left for Nathan Dyer to poke a shot goalwards. Tommy Smith blocked the shot but dithered in clearing the danger and Allen was able to tackle him on the six-yard line and force the ball over the line.

Substitute Darren Pratley then found Beattie 25 yards from goal and the former Celtic man curled a sensational effort in off the far post to wrap up victory in the 89th minute.

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