Monday 25 November 2013
Marcus Stewart scored twice as Ipswich Town won at Maine Road to go third in the Barclays Premier League table and inflict a fifth straight league defeat on Manchester City.
Stewart opened the scoring with a diving header from a left-wing cross by Jamie Clapham.
Town doubled the lead just after the half-hour mark when Hermann Hreidarsson powerfully headed home a corner.
Stewart scored his second at the far post from James Scowcroft's cross in the 53rd minute but City then hit back.
They halved the deficit midway though the second period when substitute Paulo Wanchope drove the ball home.
Substitute David Johnson then hit the post for Ipswich before City cut the deficit once again when Steve Howey headed in a Mark Kennedy from six yards out.
Ipswich boss George Burley said: “We’re very pleased to be doing so well and I thought for 70 minutes we were awesome at times.”
Manchester City manager Joe Royle said: “In the first half we were strangers and I would take the blame for that because I picked an overly offensive side to try and get amongst the goals because we have looked shot-shy.”
Newly promoted Ipswich ended up in a Uefa Cup place after finishing fifth in a remarkable first season back in the Barclays Premier League, while Man City were unable to secure safety, finishing in 18th position.