Jewell shines on home debut: Match Review

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Paul Jewell masterminded a superb comeback on his home debut as Ipswich manager, his side surviving a first-half onslaught to overcome a determined Doncaster 3-2 in the npower Championship.

Billy Sharp's opening goal put the hosts on the back foot and Connor Wickham missed a host of chances before the break, but Ipswich delivered their first home win in three attempts with goals from David Norris, Wickham and Carlos Edwards cancelling out Sharp`s second.

Sharp stunned the hosts after just six minutes with his 11th league goal of the season. Having hit the post one minute earlier, he was grateful to pounce on James Coppinger`s floated cross from the left wing to put Rovers into the lead.

Wickham, fresh from signing a contract keeping him at Portman Road until 2013, found himself in space in the box a few minutes later. Neil Sullivan in the visitors` goal tipped his shot around the right-hand post at full stretch to retain the advantage.

Ipswich captain Norris let rip an ambitious shot from distance, but fired over Sullivan`s crossbar as the hosts piled forward searching for an equaliser.

Wickham came close again, with another powerful shot from inside the penalty box bringing the best out of Sullivan - who managed to pluck it out of the air.

Colin Healy should have done better than head Lee Martin`s inswinging corner tamely into the arms of the under siege Sullivan with 21 minutes played.

It was Tractor Boys' shotstopper, Marton Fulop, who negotiated the next scare, intercepting a snapshot from Rovers striker Dean Shiels which had looked unstoppable.

The hosts had the best chance before the break, Martin again supplying a pinpoint aerial ball for Tamas Priskin. The Carling Cup semi-final hero got his head to the ball as it swung dangerously into unmarked space, but to the disappointment of the Portman Road faithful, it sailed over the crossbar.

Ipswich resumed the second half with intent, stringing several confident passes together. When the ball was pushed through to Norris inside the area, he curled in a deserved equaliser.

Wickham fulfilled his early promise on the hour mark, meeting Healy`s cross to head home from close range. Doncaster responded instantly, Coppinger charging up the right wing from the restart to cross in for Sharp, who headed low into the net.

That did nothing to quell the resurgent Ipswich side, who made the most of a foul on Priskin by Adam Lockwood. Grant Leadbitter`s free-kick from the left found Edwards, who controlled well before blasting in from distance to restore the lead.

Rovers' John Oster threatened a last-minute shock with a shot from distance, but Damien Delaney cleared to ensure all three points for the home side.

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James Coppinger
John Oster
Marton Fulop
Adam Lockwood
Grant Leadbitter
Colin Healy
League Cup
David Norris
Damien Delaney
Billy Sharp
Lee Martin
Dean Shiels
Carlos Edwards
Neil Sullivan
Connor Wickham
Tamas Priskin

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