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Posted Sat 21 Apr 12 at 17:49 PM

Ipswich Town 0 Millwall 3

A sublime display of counter-attacking football coupled with fearless defending helped Millwall to all three points against Ipswich Town.
Andy Keogh's third-minute goal set them on their way but The Lions had Maik Taylor to thank once again as he followed up his penalty save against Coventry on Tuesday night with another one from Grant Leadbitter, the standout save amongst a string of impressive stops from the on-loan keeper.
Former Tractor Boy Liam Trotter, returned to the starting line-up, came back to haunt his former club with a well-taken goal, and Keogh's late strike sealed victory.
Millwall flew out of the the traps and were ahead inside three minutes. Trotter found space to play into the feet of Harry Kane, the Spurs loanee did very well to loft a ball in behind the defence for Trotts, who had continued his run down the left. Powering his way into the box, Trotter squared for Keogh who bundled home despite the desperate efforts of Tommy Smith.
The home side responded and some neat passing on the edge of the box eventually saw Leadbitter tee up Adam Drury, who had broken from deep, but the midfielder screwed his shot wide.
Leadbitter and Kane then traded long distance efforts without testing either Taylor or Arran Lee-Barrett.
Taylor did have to be on his toes minutes later as Daryl Murphy burst into the box down the left and clipped over a cross that fellow forward Michael Chopra could only nod into the side-netting, much to the scampering Taylor's relief.
The Lions had had to remain patient, allowing Town all the possession, but when they won a corner midway through the first half, they almost doubled their lead. James Henry's superb delivery perfectly found the run of Paul Robinson but the defender glanced his header wide of the mark.
Ipswich had the better of the chances up until the half-time whistle. First Taylor had to be alert to tip a Leadbitter piledriver over the bar then was fortunate to gratefully collect an unmarked Chopra's header when Carlos Edwards' fine cross picked him out.
The Tractor Boys introduced Jason Scotland at half-time but it was Millwall who seized the early initiative after the break. Keogh intercepted a misplaced pass and fed Henry. His clipped ball was perfect for Kane, who switched it onto his right foot but skied his shot.
The Lions then had to ride their luck as Ipswich came within a whisker of finding an equaliser. Chopra's clever run in behind the defence looked like it was offside but when no flag was raised he headed down the byline before sending in a low cross. Shane Lowry was in the right place to clear but slightly misjudged his attempted block but was relieved to see his clearance smack the post instead of nestling in the back of the net.
It proved decisive. Had that gone in, Town would have had the momentum, but the luck was with Millwall and they quickly capitalised on their good fortune by doubling the lead. Keogh was freed in space down the right but his cross was behind the onrushing Henry. However, when the home defence could only half clear, the lurking Trotter was on hand to thump the ball past Lee-Barrett from just inside the box.
Town instantly replied, with Emmanuel-Thomas jinking past Criag and only denied a goal by Taylor's strong palm diverting his shot for a corner. The busier of the two keepers, Taylor was in the thick of it minutes later, diving low to superbly save from Scotland, who had made space for himself inside the area.
But the best was yet to come from the on-loan custodian. When Drury's mazy run was halted by Jack Smith in the area, referee Webster awarded a penalty. Up stepped Leadbitter but Taylor was at full stretch again to block the Town sskipper's shot and then grab the loose ball, much to the delight of the travelling fans.
Those same supporters, who were magnificent throughout, were left celebrating a Millwall third late on as Henry's superb ball over the top had Lee-Barrett scampering out of his goal. Unfortunately for him, Keogh got there quickest, poked the ball behind him and calmly rolled it home to seal The Lions' fifth straight win.

Ipswich: Lee-Barrett, Edwards, Smith, Delaney, Cresswell (Sonko, 60mins), Stevenson (Scotland, 46mins), Drury, Leadbitter, Emmanuel-Thomas, Chopra (Carson, 69mins), Murphy.
Subs: Bowyer, Lawrence

Millwall: Taylor, Smith, Robinson, Lowry, Craig, Trotter, Abdou, Wright, Henry (Feeney, 87mins), Kane, Keogh (Batt, 89mins).
Subs: Forde, Dunne, Barron.
Scorer: Keogh (3mins, 86mins), Trotter (62mins)

Ref: C. Webster
Att: 18,947

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