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Ipswich 4 Stanley 1

Zanzala penalty not enough as Reds undone by three first half goals

11 January 2020

Accrington Stanley suffered a 4-1 loss at promotion-chasing Ipswich Town.

The Reds had beat the Tractorboys earlier in the season at the Wham Stadium but couldn’t do the double over Paul Lambert’s side.

Ipswich charged into a three-goal lead by half-time, Offrande Zanzala fired home an 86th minute penalty for the Reds but then Will Keane slotted home the fourth.

Stanley struggled to create chances in the first half as Ipswich took charge.

On 12 minutes, former Red Kayden Jackson, whose goals helped Stanley win the League Two title in 2018, got on the end of Oliver Norwood’s cross and slid home the opener.

One-time Tranmere striker Norwood had a great chance to make it two soon after but mis-hit his strike in the six yard box.

He made his next chance count on 29 minutes when a ball over the top landed at his feet, Norwood ran forward and chipped the ball over Joe Bursik.

Norwood had another chance but fired wide and then keeper Bursik did superbly well to deny Jackson a second, saving with his legs after the striker raced through one-one-one with the goalie on 42 minutes.

However two minutes later Alan Judge got the ball in the box from Luke Chambers and he slotted home.

Stanley came out stronger after the break and John Coleman made two changes before the hour mark, with Wilson Carvalho injured and swapped for Zanzala and Aji Alese on for Joe Pritchard.

Ipswich were still dangerous with Judge having a couple of chances while Dion Charles tried his luck from distance but it was over the bar.

Seamus Conneely’s long range effort was deflected wide while Charles had a great chance to get one back on 84 minutes when he got the ball unmarked around 10 yards out but it was blocked.

Zanzala raced into the area and was fouled with the Reds were awarded a penalty on 86 minutes. Striker Zanzala opted to take it and slotted home the spot kick for his eighth goal of the season.

There was time for a fourth for Ipswich as, in the 92nd minute, Stanley failed to clear their lines and sub Keane charged forward and tucked the ball home at the near post.

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