Burnley 0 Ipswich 3
OLD TRAFFORD must have seemed a million miles away to Chris Eagles on Saturday.
The Burnley winger admits he froze when he was about to put pen to paper
on his move from Manchester United this summer.
And the wideman could have been forgiven for wondering what he has let himself
in for after his home debut.
For starters, the game was held up when a skydiver from a pre-match parachute
display got stuck on top of the stand.
Then when the match finally got under way, the Clarets pressed the self-destruct
button with an own-goal as they fell to a second successive league defeat.
That’s not what was expected when Eagles was weighing up his switch from
Eagles admitted: “It was such a hard decision having been at United for seven
“You can ask the gaffer and he will tell you that as I went to sign my hand
“I had to step back and have a walk around the ground with my agent for
a while because leaving United was so huge for me.
“I could easily have stayed at United for another two years and then got
maybe 10 games from the bench.
“But I want to be my own man not this hanger-on claiming I have won things
when I haven’t.”
Eagles, 22, will be praying Burnley quickly get better — and on this evidence,
they cannot get much worse.
Ipswich could not buy an away win before Christmas last season.
But they handled the delay of 50 minutes the best and were ahead with Liam
Trotter’s volley on 34 minutes.
Seven minutes later Kevin Lisbie had the ball in the back of the net after
a scramble with full-back Graham Alexander.
Then with three minutes left, Clarets defender Stephen Jordan capped a miserable
day by heading over his own keeper Brian Jensen.
Home centre-back Clarke Carlisle said: “The hold-up disrupts your preparations.
“Your adrenalin is high and all of a sudden it’s a big comedown. You just
go through your routine again, and half an hour later start again.
"We’ll play worse than that and win this season, so let’s not get too down
by this. But we do need to get back to basics and take strides forward.”
A relieved Lisbie reckons the win showed Ipswich will be promotion contenders
He said: “Any team in the division can get promoted, they just need to go
on a run and our run started last Tuesday in the Carling Cup against Orient.
“It’s two games now and we have to try and keep it going as long as possible.”
After last weekend’s home defeat in the league by Preston, Ipswich boss Jim
Magilton was just happy to see his first points of the season.
He said: “It wasn’t a classic but it was important to get off the mark. We
took our limited chances and stopped them playing. It took us until Christmas
to win away last season so that’s progress.
“Defensively we were fairly solid and when we were positive we looked half
decent, but we didn’t control the ball enough at 2-0 up.”
SUN STAR MAN LIAM TROTTER (Ipswich). Sent the Tractor Boys on their way with
a corker of a volley.
Vic Holly (The Sun)