Wednesday January 12, 2011 Semifinal Finished Portman Road

Ipswich Town 1 - 0 Arsenal

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    Time:90'
    • Ipswich Town
    • Arsenal
    • 90+5' FULL TIME: Ipswich 1-0 Arsenal. A big shock but the Gunners still have the second leg at home to come. The Gunners weren't at the races and didn't deserve anything from the tie. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+4' Wickham is offside so Arsenal have one more attack left..
    • 90+3' Walcott fouls inside the Ipswich area to relieve the pressure.
    • 90+2' Fabregas goes down easily after a driving run into the area. Nothing doing and rightly so.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of added time to play at Portman Road.
    • 90' Ipswich bring on Ronan Murray for goalscorer Priskin.
    • 88' Fulop's huge kick downfield puts Edwards through but he's a little wide out on the right and, although he cuts in to narrow the angle, Szczesny saves for a corner.
    • 88' Fulop safely clutches a cross and time is running out for Arsenal.
    • 88' Peters has grown into this game at right-back and he scampers across to block Gibbs and concede a corner.
    • 87' Priskin and Denilson clash but there's no free-kick. All hands to the pump for Ipswich.
    • 86' Fulop is brought into action again as he's called upon to deny Walcott from a tight angle.
    • 85' Fulop saves at the second attempt to avoid handing a goal to Vela on a plate. I think it may have been Koscielny with the shot.
    • 84' Wickham concedes a free-kick that is swung over by Fabregas and headed behind by O'Dea.
    • 83' It was Healy who played the through ball for Priskin and it was celebrated by Jewell in the stands.
    • 82' Priskin is booked for a late tackle on Koscielny as the defender clears.
    • 81' Delaney belts clear as Vela tries to make an instant impact with a clever through ball.
    • 80' Arsenal have 10 minutes to get a goal themselves - Carlos Vela is on for Arshavin.
    • 79' It's number six for the season for the Hungarian - he took it well so all credit to him as he's struggled at times tonight.
    • 78' GOAL! Priskin is put clean through by a neat through ball and he keeps his cool to steer a right-foot finish wide of Szczesny from just inside the box.
    • 76' Gibbs produces a brilliant cross that is just over Chamakh and bounces off Fabregas' thigh to spoon over the bar from close range. Arsenal's clearest opening so far.
    • 75' Delaney is quick to snuff out Fabregas on the edge of the box and Djourou makes a rugged but well-timed tackle on Wickham at the other end.
    • 74' Chamakh bundles Delaney over and concedes a free-kick inside the Town box.
    • 73' There's a stoppage due to an injury to Norris, just when things were getting lively!
    • 71' Fabregas slips in Walcott but Fulop is out quickly to block for a corner. The game's burst into life.
    • 70' Szczesny appears to handle outside his box and the whole of Portman Road is bemused as to why Atkinson didn't spot the offence.
    • 70' Walcott does well to bring a high ball out of the air but his shot dribbles through to Fulop.
    • 69' Edwards shows near skill to get past Arshavin and illustrate the growing confidence of the men in the blue shirts.
    • 68' Double change - Alex Song for Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh for Bendtner.
    • 67' Gibbs sends a shot off target for the visitors.
    • 67' Djourou hesitates but ends up being flattened by Priskin as the ball rolls through to Szczesny. No foul was given but it may have been had the keeper not gained possession.
    • 66' The Gunners manage to see some more of the ball and dominate possession again but Fabregas, who has been well below his best, overhits his through ball.
    • 65' Wilshere is guilty of a reckless tackle but he escapes with a lecture from Atkinson.
    • 64' 'We're going to score in a minute' chant the optimistic Portman Road faithful.
    • 63' The Ipswich pressure continues and Wickham scuffs a shot wide from outside the box.
    • 62' Peters' long ball causes all sort of trouble and Priskin should open the scoring when Koscielny is caught out. Instead, Eboue gets back in time to hammer wide of his own goal with Priskin dithering.
    • 61' Koscielny apologies after belting the ball against Norris' midrift. The Town skipper takes a few deep breaths and is okay.
    • 60' O'Dea is at full stretch to prevent Walcott cutting inside him. Good defending from the only man on a yellow card.
    • 59' End to end as an Eboue error lets in Priskin but it's dreadful from the striker who ignores Wickham's lung-busting overlapping run and loses possession.
    • 59' Fabregas spurns the chance to apply the finishing touch a devastating move and the ball is cleared for a corner. The Spaniard should have shot.
    • 58' Fulop inexplicably kicks the ball out of play - not for the first time. He's not helping his team's cause.
    • 57' Fabregas angles a pass towards Gibbs but he gets it wrong and the ball drifts behind for a goal-kick.
    • 56' Wickham defends well again in the left-back slot. He's playing well in a role that clearly doesn't suit him.
    • 55' Fabregas loses the ball and Kennedy tries an audacious chip from a long way out that has Szczesny backpedalling to save pretty comfortably.
    • 54' The home fans are enjoying this tie but it's surely imperative their team score with the second leg still to come.
    • 53' Teenager Wickham does well to outstrip Eboue and a spell of pressure ends with the youngster having a shot blocked inside the area.
    • 52' It's just below the capacity of 30,000 at Portman Road.
    • 52' Kennedy's free-kick is headed away and Edwards can only hack the clearance behind for a goal-kick.
    • 51' Koscielny should be carded for a foul on Edwards after a poor piece of play by Denilson but the centre-back escapes a yellow.
    • 51' Arshvain is flagged offside as he races through again, sending the ball into Fulop's arms on this occasion in any case.
    • 49' Arshavin springs the offside trap but sends a half-volley well off target as he bears down on Fulop. A decent chance for the out-of-form Russian.
    • 49' Delaney gets away with a nervous bit of defending and the clearance is eventually made.
    • 47' Walcott takes a tumble inside the box but there's not even a question of an appeal for a penalty.
    • 47' Delaney makes a strong but perfectly timed tackle on Bendtner to set the tone again for Town.
    • 46' The Gunners get the second half underway - they need to move up a gear here.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: Ipswich 0-0 Arsenal. No goals and boss-in-waiting Jewell claps his team off.
    • 45' Half time rapidly approaching, the fans are getting behind the Championship side.
    • 44' Darren O'Dea is the first player in the book for a crude block on Walcott after a superb turn by the winger.
    • 43' Gibbs manages to clear as the Tractor Boys build up a head of steam and Wickham gets carried away by firing well off target from long range.
    • 42' OFFSIDE! Priskin is ahead of play in the middle of the goal which rules out his well-executed overhead kick. It'll go down as a disallowed goal but it was clear the flag was up.
    • 41' Kennedy's clever free-kick picks out Delaney but Arsenal survive his header towards the six-yard box.
    • 40' Walcott is crowded out after threatening to cause damage with his blistering pace down the right.
    • 39' Wickham shows neat skill and teases an inviting cross into the box from the left but Norris is unable to reach it on the stretch.
    • 38' Fabregas can only shoot against the wall and there's loud cheers from the Ipswich faithful who feel justice is done.
    • 37' Eboue runs in to Kennedy and wins another cheap free-kick out of referee Atkinson. This one is in a really dangerous position.
    • 36' Healy is strong in the challenge to tackle Wilshere so the Gunners must start again as they probe an opening.
    • 35' It's not been a great game so far, to be honest. Ipswich are working hard but look very limited while Arsenal are a long way off their best. So far.
    • 34' Koscielny defends calmly to play the ball back to Szczesny.
    • 33' Walcott gets a shot away from outside the box but Fulop dives to save without too much fuss.
    • 32' Edwards slices a misplaced Walcott pass towards his own goal but Fulop hangs on comfortably in the end.
    • 31' From another Edwards corner, McAuley beats Szczesny to the ball but loops his header well over the top.
    • 29' There's no offside as Town attack and get a corner. Edwards' flag-kick is straight into the hands of Szczesny.
    • 28' Fabregas produces an uncharacteristically poor set-piece and the hosts easily clear their lines.
    • 28' Eboue's extravagant dive buys a free-kick out of Wickham.
    • 27' Priskin may have had the best effort of the game so far but he looks out of his depth here.
    • 26' A patient passing move ends with Eboue unable to force a corner due to the selfless work of Wickham.
    • 25' There's a lull after the Gunners waste possession by conceding a sloppy throw-in.
    • 23' Johan Djourou fouls at the far post so the pressure is relieved.
    • 23' Fabregas' delightful disguised pass feeds Gibbs and it's another corner.
    • 22' McAuley makes a timely intervention to snuff out the threat from Bendtner but at the expense of a corner.
    • 21' Kennedy produces another aimless ball forward that just drifts out of play harmlessly.
    • 21' Szczesny is forced to clear after Edwards tries to release David Norris. A slight scare for the Gunners.
    • 20' Mark Kennedy blazes a hopeful effort well off target.
    • 19' Wickham outmuscles Eboue again, fairly this time, and wins a goal-kick for his team.
    • 18' Wilshere picks out Walcott with a decent cross after a neat flick by Arshavin opens up Ipswich's right flank again but the England international heads to nobody in particular.
    • 17' Wickham's putting himself about as he dumps Emmanuel Eboue on the deck.
    • 15' Walcott latches on to an Arshavin chip but gets it all wrong by lashing a right-footed shot across the face of goal and nowhere near Fulop or his net.
    • 14' CLOSE! Priskin cuts in from the left and curls a dipping drive inches wide with Szczesny beaten. Much better from the hosts.
    • 14' Walcott speeds through but just can't reach Bendtner's return pass.
    • 13' Wickham's long throw-in ends up falling to Edwards but the former Sunderland winger's drive is blocked.
    • 12' Both teams lose possession cheaply and Fulop ends up slowing things down for Town.
    • 11' Jaime Peters bites into the tackle to earn the applause of the crowd.
    • 10' Denilson has a shot blocked by Delaney after good approach work by Bendtner, Kieran Gibbs and Fabregas.
    • 9' Wilshere complains as referee Atkinson awards a cheap free-kick to the hosts.
    • 7' Bendtner wins a free-kick from Damien Delaney's foul but Arshavin screws a hugely optimistic volley embarrassingly wide of goal.
    • 6' Town have settled better now but Colin Healy is unable to reach a through ball and it'll be a goal kick for Szczesny to take.
    • 5' Szczesny has the ball in his grasp as Arsenal comfortably deal with any threat.
    • 3' Ipswich's first attack sees Carlos Edwards sprint to get in a cross that Laurent Koscielny puts behind for a corner.
    • 2' Fabregas is already looking a major influence but he's just unable to reach an Arshavin centre as the Gunners appear to mean business.
    • 1' Marton Fulop safely gathers a left-wing cross from Wilshere after Arshavin's pass down the line.
    • 1' 30,000 fans are packed inside Portman Road and the capacity crowd are making their voices heard early on.
    • 1' The stage is set in Suffolk for this Championship versus Premier League encounter. Ipswich kick things off. Martin Atkinson is the referee.
    • 19:43 We're nearly ready to get underway - remember West Ham defeated Birmingham in their first leg in the other tie last night.
    • 19.40 With Ipswich sufffering 10 defeats in their last 14 league games, it's obvious why Arsenal are huge odds-on favourites to win tonight. Gunners fans will be eager to see Andriy Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner perform better than they did at the weekend.
    • 19:39 Ipswich's only cup victory against Arsenal was in the 1978 FA Cup final but they're a better side than they showed at Stamford Bridge and will hope to give their fans something to cheer.
    • 19:35 Arsenal weren't too impressive in the 1-1 draw with Leeds in the FA Cup on Saturday but they'll be confident of getting the job done tonight with the second leg still to come at Emirates Stadium.
    • 19:32 So after a 7-0 crushing at Chelsea on Sunday, is there more capital punishment in store for the Championship side?
    • 19:26 Wenger fields a strong side with captain Cesc Fabregas starting alongside the likes of Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere. Wojciech Szczesny is in goal with rookie keeper James Shea on the bench.
    • 19:25 There's no Jake Livermore, Rory Fallon and suspended Grant Leadbitter for Town but Gareth McAuley plays despite hamstring problems. Highly-rated striker Connor Wickham gets the chance to impress in attack, alongside Tamas Priskin.
    • 19:24 TEAMS: IPSWICH: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, Edwards, Norris, Healy, O'Dea, Wickham, Priskin. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Smith, Eastman, Civelli, Lambe, Murray, Hourihane. /// ARSENAL: Szczesny, Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Denilson, Fabregas, Wilshere, Arshavin, Bendtner. Subs: Shea, Vela, Ramsey, Song, Chamakh, Eastmond, Miquel
    • 19:23 We're still waiting for confirmation of the team news so apologies for the delay.
    • 19:20 Some news ahead of the game as Arsenal have confirmed they've loaned young Brazilian Wellington Silva to Levante as he was unable to obtain a UK work permit.
    • 19:16 Ian McParland remains in charge of Ipswich with Paul Jewell not due to officially take over until after the tie. Arsene Wenger's Gunners are strong favourites - not only to win tonight but to progress to the final at Wembley.
    • 19:15 Half an hour until kick-off at Portman Road in the first leg of the second of the Carling Cup semi-finals between Ipswich and Arsenal.
  • Summary

    • 78' GOAL! Priskin is put clean through by a neat through ball and he keeps his cool to steer a right-foot finish wide of Szczesny from just inside the box.
    • 76' Gibbs produces a brilliant cross that is just over Chamakh and bounces off Fabregas' thigh to spoon over the bar from close range. Arsenal's clearest opening so far.
    • 62' Peters' long ball causes all sort of trouble and Priskin should open the scoring when Koscielny is caught out. Instead, Eboue gets back in time to hammer wide of his own goal with Priskin dithering.
    • 49' Arshavin springs the offside trap but sends a half-volley well off target as he bears down on Fulop. A decent chance for the out-of-form Russian.
    • 14' CLOSE! Priskin cuts in from the left and curls a dipping drive inches wide with Szczesny beaten. Much better from the hosts.
    • 19:24 TEAMS: IPSWICH: Fulop, Peters, McAuley, Delaney, Kennedy, Edwards, Norris, Healy, O'Dea, Wickham, Priskin. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Smith, Eastman, Civelli, Lambe, Murray, Hourihane. /// ARSENAL: Szczesny, Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Gibbs, Walcott, Denilson, Fabregas, Wilshere, Arshavin, Bendtner. Subs: Shea, Vela, Ramsey, Song, Chamakh, Eastmond, Miquel

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

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    • Starting line-up

      • M. Fülöp
      • J. Peters
      • G. McAuley
      • D. Delaney
      • M. Kennedy
      • D. Norris
      • C. Healy
      • C. Edwards
      • D. O'Dea Yellow Card
      • C. Wickham
      • T. Priskin Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out (90′)

      Subs

      • T. Smith
      • L. Civelli
      • A. Lee-Barrett
      • R. Lambe
      • T. Eastman
      • R. Murray Substitution In90′
      • C. Hourihane
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Szczesny
      • E. Eboué
      • L. Koscielny
      • J. Djourou
      • K. Gibbs
      • J. Wilshere Substitution Out (68′)
      • Denílson
      • T. Walcott
      • C. Fábregas
      • A. Arshavin Substitution Out (80′)
      • N. Bendtner Substitution Out (68′)

      Subs

      • M. Chamakh Substitution In68′
      • A. Ramsey
      • A. Song Substitution In68′
      • C. Vela Substitution In80′
      • J. Shea
      • C. Eastmond
      • I. Miquel
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