STRUGGLING Sheffield United are in the drop zone and still waiting for their first win under Micky Adams after losing 3-0 and ending the game with nine men at Ipswich, writes Digital Editor Graham Walker.
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Paul Jewell registered a hat-trick of successive league victories from only his first four npower Championship games in charge as they enjoyed an emphatic win over the Blades.
Jewell’s predecessor Roy Keane never managed that feat during 20 months in charge but
Town looked a completely different animal as they played with confidence in contrast to United, now third from bottom.
Damien Delaney put talk over his future to one side as he broke the deadlock midway the first half by heading home a free-kick from home debutant Jimmy Bullard.
And it was another man linked with a move away from Portman Road - captain David Norris - who converted Delaney`s cross shortly after the interval to leave himself one short of a 10-goal season haul for the first time in his career.
Tamas Priskin hit a post for Town while Grant Leadbitter saw his late penalty turned around the post by Steve Simonsen, but there was nothing the Blades stopper could do to deny highly-regarded youngster Connor Wickham a stunning virtuoso third in the 87th minute.
A miserable afternoon was made even worse for United as the visitors saw substitute Rob Kozluk and midfielder Liam Williamson sent off within a minute of each other in the closing stages.
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Final Scores: Saturday, February 5, 2011:
Ipswich Town v Sheffield United (HT: 1-0) 3-0
Leicester City v Barnsley (HT: 2-1) 4-1
Millwall v Doncaster Rovers (HT: 0-0) 1-0
NPOWER LEAGUE ONE:
Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons (HT: 0-2) 2-2
NPOWER LEAGUE TWO:
Rotherham United v Crewe (HT: 1-0) 3-1
Chesterfield v Aldershot Town (HT: 1-0) 2-2