Ipswich 3 Barnsley 0
Barnsley's Reuben Noble-Lazarus became the youngest ever Football League
player in his side's comprehensive defeat at Ipswich.
The striker, aged 15 years and 45 days, beat by 113 days a record equalled
in 1951 and which had stood since 1929 during the Portman Road clash.
Barnsley were already three down by the time Noble-Lazarus was introduced
after 84 minutes.
Jonathan Stead, Owen Garvan and Ivan Campo scored for Ipswich.
The home side made four changes from Saturday's draw with Crystal Palace,
while Barnsley made one change following the weekend draw with Norwich.
The Tykes looked threatening early on against a nervy Ipswich side.
Diminutive midfielder Diego Leon picked up a loose ball from Alex Bruce after
nine minutes but had his 18-yard shot tipped round the post by Richard Wright.
And defender Dennis Souza Guedes then headed straight at Wright from close
range from the resulting corner.
The Tykes should have gone ahead after 14 minutes but Iain Hume fired straight
at Wright with only the goalkeeper to beat after being played in by Jon Macken.
But it was the home side who broke the deadlock against the run of play
after 20 minutes.
Stead picked up goalkeeper Heinz Muller's fluffed clearance and raced into
the box to place a shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
Muller partially made amends for his error on the half-hour when he saved
brilliantly from Alan Quinn, who was played in by a clever back-heel from
Soon after, Ipswich midfielder Campo had a dipping 20-yard free-kick tipped
over by the German.
Souza Guedes nearly equalised for the visitors in first-half stoppage time
but his header from a Leon corner was saved by Wright.
Ipswich, buoyed by their half-time lead, started the second period in a
more positive fashion and Stead chipped over from 25 yards after 48 minutes.
But the visitors remained dangerous on the break.
Macken tested Wright following a sharp turn on the edge of the box and midfielder
Anderson De Silva poked wide after being set up by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
Ipswich hit back and doubled their lead after 66 minutes through Irish midfielder
Garvan broke from his own half, collected a return ball from Counago and
curled in an effort from just inside the area.
Campo opened his account for Ipswich three minutes later following another
mistake by Muller, who allowed the Spaniard's 30-yard effort to squirm in.
Ipswich were now dominant and nearly had a fourth after 74 minutes but Quinn
shot wide after being set up by Counago.
Noble-Lazarus looked lively when he came on and managed to win a corner with
one of his few touches but his Barnsley side went home empty-handed.
Mark Bulstrode (PA Sport)