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TOM'S BUNDLE OF JOY; Smith wins it ugly for Tractor Boys.

Byline: MEL HENDERSON Portman Road

IPSWICH 2

Sears 21, Smith 53

SHEFF WED 1

Wallace 19

TOMMY SMITH earned all three points for Ipswich as they came from behind to win for the second time in four days.

Ross Wallace opened the scoring for the Owls but Freddie Sears promptly levelled before New Zealand defender Smith bundled home eight minutes after the restart.

Home boss Mick McCarthy saw his men stage an action-replay of Tuesday's triumph over Stevenage y p g in the Capital One Cup. He said: "We have had to come from behind to beat a very good team and it was good we got one back so quickly.

"It's a nice attribute to have - coming back to win - but I don't want to do it every week!" The Tractor Boys would be in pole position but for leaking two stoppage-time goals at Brentford on the opening day and having to settle for a point.

A no-nonsense defender in his playing prime, McCarthy hailed Smith's clincher, adding: "He's a brave fella, prepared to go in where the boots and the lbows are flying." Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal said: "Ipswich are difficult opponents, positive and aggressive.

"But although I am unhappy with the result I am very proud of my players."

Wednesday took the lead against the run of play. Marco Matias tricked home skipper Luke Chambers and keeper Bartosz Bialkowski could only divert the low cross to Wallace, who lashed the ball into the roof of the net.

But the Owls' lead lasted less than two minutes as Chambers sent Sears scampering after a long ball from the back. Neither Glenn Loovens nor Jeremy Helan dealt with it, leaving Sears to nip in and squeeze a measured shot between Keiren Westwood and his near post.

Two minutes after the break it needed a goal-line clearance by Lewis McGugan to keep out Christophe Berra's header.

Then Ipswich took full advantage of a blunder by Westwood to get their noses in front.

The keeper fumbled a cross from the left by the impressive Ryan Fraser, on loan from Bournemouth and Smith pounced to nod in from a couple of yards.

IPSWICH: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Maitland-Niles (Pitman 74), Skuse, Douglas (Coke 87), Fraser (McGoldrick 74), Sears, Murphy. Subs not used: Gerken, Tabb, Emmanuel, Toure

SHEFF WED: Westwood (Wildsmith 59), Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Helan, Lopez, Hutchinson (Nuhiu 62), Wallace, McGugan (Lee 79), Marco Matias, Lucas Joao. Subs not used: Sougou, Palmer,

Semedo, Sasso

REFEREE: James Linington

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HANDY MAN TO HAVE Tommy Smith (right) celebrates his winning goal with Ipswich pals

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2015
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