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Roy: Daryl a new man at ipswich

Roy Keane believes two-goal hero Daryl Murphy is enjoying a new lease of life at Ipswich Town.

The Blues striker, on loan from Sunderland, netted twice in the 2-0 Championship success against Cardiff at Portman Road.

The brace took his tally to five goals in eight games and Ipswich boss Keane said: "We've given him a new lease of life and he could be in double figures already.

"I spoke to him in the summer about joining and he probably regrets that that didn't happen.

"He's come in and had a run of games, and his biggest strength is definitely playing through the middle.

"He's getting chances in every game and I was pleased with his goals tonight.

"They were poacher's goals, particularly the second one.

"We haven't scored anywhere near enough like that this season and need more.

"We try to score so many wonder goals after 15 or 16 passes."


Keane was satisfied with his side's performance and pleased to climb up two places in the Championship table to 17th.

"We scored two, their keeper made two particularly good saves and I thought we played not bad," said the Corkman.

"We kept it well, stretched them when we had to, created chances and the players looked like they enjoyed it.

"In terms of keeping the ball, our tackling and our shape, the tempo was decent."

Ipswich took the lead after 18 minutes when Jack Colback got on the end of a ball in from the right, twisted past his marker and delivered a low cross that was stroked in by Murphy.

They then doubled their lead just before the hour mark.

David Norris's admittedly poor corner somehow found its way to Dubliner Owen Garvan, whose scorching long-range effort was parried by David Marshall.

However, Murphy reacted quickest to the loose ball and rifled home his second of the night.

Marshall made two other excellent saves to deny in-form Murphy his hat-trick and also kept out efforts from Gareth McAuley and Pablo Counago.


Cardiff assistant boss Terry Burton admitted afterwards: "Ipswich were by far the better team.

"They played better on the night and 2-0 flattered us.

"Everyone uses it as an excuse but we've got a lot of injuries, including players who would normally be in our starting 11.

"We never got going, though.

"We were second best in every area and there was so much wrong that he (boss Dave Jones) could be talking to the players until midnight."

Burton added: "We can still make the play-offs, but we'll certainly be a lot happier when we get some of our injured players back."

Michael Chopra had Cardiff's best chances but sent an overhead kick spinning over and then screwed wide after Kevin McNaughton's delivery was flicked on by Jay Bothroyd.

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo hailed match-winner Robert Koren after his spectacular strike against Sheffield Wednesday lifted the team back into the automatic promotion places.

Koren, a half-time substitute for Jerome Thomas, struck the only goal of the game from 30 yards in the 79th minute to lift Albion over Nottingham Forest and put them two points clear in second place.

Last month, Koren and Di Matteo were at loggerheads when the Slovenia midfielder reacted furiously to being substituted against Scunthorpe.

But Di Matteo said: "The goal that Koren scored was a great goal and it probably needed a goal like that to win the game.

"It took a great effort by Koren and I am very pleased for him.

Fourth-placed Swansea found the perfect response to Saturday's last-gasp defeat at Forest, their first reverse in 13 games, as they beat Watford 1-0 at Vicarage Road.

Craig Mackail-Smith's 100th career goal earned Peterborough a 1-0 victory over Sheffield United at London Road.

Billy Sharp missed a second-half penalty as Doncaster drew 1-1 with Preston at Deepdale.

James Hayter, on his 100th appearance for Rovers, fired a shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards for his sixth goal of the season in the 29th minute before Neil Mellor levelled three minutes prior to the break from close range.

Neil Warnock's fine start to life at QPR continued after a penalty by Adel Taarabt -- after Kari Arnason had fouled Tamas Priskin -- set them on the way to a 2-0 victory over second-from-bottom Plymouth.


Damion Stewart headed the second from Taarabt's free-kick and Alejandro Faurlin turned another set-piece from the midfielder wide and was later brilliantly denied by keeper David Stockdale

In the other game, Scotland international Chris Iwelumo scored 17 minutes from time to earn Bristol City a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace -- though the on-loan Wolves striker then left the field injured with five minutes remaining.