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Four of the best at Portman Road

2 February 2016

A look at recent victories at Ipswich

Portman Road has been the home of the Tractor Boys for the last 132 years, and over that period the Royals have secured their share of the points during their travels to East Anglia.

Overall, the two teams have come head-to-head 53 times in league competition, with both having come out on top a total of 22 times.  Ahead of our trip to Ipswich this evening, we take a look at the four of our most recent wins on the road against the Tractor Boys…

Ipswich 0-1 Reading
Saturday 21st February 2015

Despite struggles in the league, an injury-stricken Reading side travelled to Portman Road with hopes of an upset and securing a much needed three points.  Ipswich began the game brightly with Daryl Murphy and Freddie Sears both coming close to breaching the Reading goal, but Adam Federici was on hand to deny Mick McCarthy’s men a foothold early on.

On-loan QPR winger Jamie Mackie stepped up in the 14th minute of the game to put the Royals ahead against the run of play.  Pavel Pogrebnyak passed the ball off to the Scotsman wide right, and he was allowed to drive forwards unchallenged before unleashing a shot from 25 yards that found its way into bottom left corner, beating Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski.  Such a goal was matched only by the quality of the celebration – Mackie running the full length of the pitch before doing his best Michael Jackson ‘moon walk’ impression in front of the 433 traveling Royals fans.    

Ipswich 2-3 Reading
Saturday 26th November 2011

At the start of the 2011/12 Championship season, even the most optimistic of Reading fans wouldn’t have dreamt of promotion come the telling time in May, but this fixture at Portman Road was just one of the many that emphasises the fighting spirit that Brian McDermott’s men had during that title winning campaign.

Despite the first half being a somewhat lacklustre affair, the second was by far the opposite.  Ipswich took the lead when Daryl Murphy headed in Grant Leadbitter’s cross ten minutes into the second-half, but Kaspars Gorkss levelled with a header of his own with just a quarter of an hour left to play.  With 10 minutes to go, Josh Carson’s deflected shot seemed to be enough to ensure all three points were staying in East Anglia, but Alex Pearce and Noel Hunt hadn’t read the script as their two injury time goals were enough to seal the win for McDermott’s men, leaving the hosts just a point above the relegation zone.

Ipswich 1-3 Reading
Tuesday 8th March 2011

A Reading side hopeful on promotion kept their top flight dreams alive with an assertive win over the Tractor Boys at Portman Road.  Shane Long took his season’s goal tally to 20 when he evaded his marker at the near post to turn Brian Howard’s corner into the back of the net, his 12th goal in his last 15 games.  The Republic of Ireland international could have had a brace for the evening after he turned defender Gareth McAuley and sent a low drive goal-bound, but a fine save by stopper Marton Fulop kept the deficit at one.

An Ian Harte special wrapped up proceedings in the 86th minute when his perfectly struck free-kick found the net, and then with a minute remaining, Noel Hunt made it three with a clinical one on one finish.  Connor Wickham added a consolation goal for the hosts but it was Reading who were by far the happier team come the full-time whistle. 

Ipswich 0-3 Reading
Tuesday 22nd November 2005

A 3-0 win at Portman Road sent a record breaking Royals side to the summit of the Championship table, a position where they would remain for the duration of the season.  Sheffield United could only draw with Wolves so victory over Joe Royle’s Ipswich saw them overhaul the Blades to go one point clear, and due to Watford’s draw with Leicester, Steve Coppell’s barmy army were 11 points clear of third place.

After Leroy Lita had an early effort ruled out for offside, Steve Sidwell opened the scoring for real when he converted from six yards off a block from Kevin Doyle’s shot.  The Irishman then teed up Lita to sore his first of the game, and then with 13 minutes to go Doyle himself got in on the act when he volleyed home from inside the six yard box.  A solid team performance secured Reading’s fourth league win on the bounce and took the unbeaten tally up to 22 games.

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