Wickham stars in Ipswich romp

Connor Wickham bagged a hat-trick as an error-strewn Doncaster display handed Ipswich a comprehensive 6-0 away victory in the Championship.

Last Updated: 15/02/11 at 22:34

Wickham: Brilliant hat-trick

Wickham: Brilliant hat-trick

World Cup Promotions

Daily World Cup Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

A number of Premier League scouts were reported to be in attendance to watch the highly-rated Wickham, and the 17-year-old did not disappoint, completing his treble from the penalty spot after Rovers defender James O'Connor handled in the final minute.

It capped a miserable night for Doncaster, who were largely the architects of their own downfall.

Sam Hird headed into his own net after 25 minutes and another misjudged aerial clearance from the same player allowed Lee Martin to tee up Colin Healy for his first Ipswich goal.

England Under-21 star Wickham netted either side of the interval and Gareth McAuley marked his 100th league appearance for Town with a goal.

Paul Jewell has now guided Ipswich to four wins in six outings since taking the reins at Portman Road. By contrast, Doncaster have now lost six in eight, rendering their new year play-off dreams a distant memory.

Top scorer Billy Sharp missed out for Rovers after sustaining heavily bruised ribs in the weekend defeat to Portsmouth.

Brian Stock was also an injury victim and Matthew Kilgallon dropped to the bench, meaning Joseph Mills, Mark Wilson and Dean Shiels came into Sean O'Driscoll's starting XI.

Jason Scotland replaced Tamas Priskin in Ipswich's attack and Healy started in place of captain David Norris, who failed to recover from the knee and ankle knocks he suffered in the 1-1 draw at Barnsley.

In the 11th minute Martin twisted and turned on the Doncaster right before Wickham prodded his cross goalwards. Gary Woods saved well in the Rovers goal and he was grateful to see the subsequent ricochet off defender James Chambers land in his arms.

Doncaster's first shot on goal came 23 minutes in when John Oster surged forward from midfield before driving narrowly past the post.

The visitors hit back immediately and Woods looked on as Jimmy Bullard's deflected shot from the corner of the box spun wide after Wickham had brought down Carlos Edwards' cross.

A spell of set-piece pressure followed and Ipswich took the lead in bizarre fashion.

Edwards' shot was blocked and diverted skywards, leaving Hird to challenge for the ball with McAuley. The Rovers defender jumped highest, but his header spiralled agonisingly into his own net.

Hird's hapless evening continued when he failed to deal with a long ball, leaving Martin time to pick out Healy who slotted in from 12 yards to make it 2-0 after 33 minutes.

Another Doncaster mistake effectively ended the contest three minutes before half-time.

Oster carelessly conceded possession in his own half, allowing Healy ample space to line up a rasping 25-yard drive. Woods parried but Wickham was on hand to gleefully thump home.

Coppinger tried to haul his side back into the match, first capitalising on a slack pass from Edwards to test Fulop from distance and then crossing for Mills to head over in first-half stoppage time.

Ipswich's fourth came after an hour when Woods could only punch Bullard's left-wing corner as far as Wickham, who emphatically volleyed into the centre of the goal.

The trickle of home fans leaving the Keepmoat Stadium became a procession when McAuley's header from Bullard's searching free-kick squirmed past Woods into the bottom corner via the upright.

Damien Delaney and Healy both went close as Bullard's set pieces continued to mystify the Doncaster backline.

The hosts' best attacking moment came in the closing stages when Fulop produced an excellent double save to deny O'Connor and Paul Keegan, before Wickham had the final word.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Birmingham 0 0 0
2 Blackburn 0 0 0
3 Blackpool 0 0 0
4 Bolton 0 0 0
5 Bournemth 0 0 0
6 Brentford 0 0 0
7 Brighton 0 0 0
8 Cardiff 0 0 0
9 Charlton 0 0 0
10 Derby 0 0 0
11 Fulham 0 0 0
12 Huddersfld 0 0 0
13 Ipswich 0 0 0
14 Leeds 0 0 0
15 Middlesbro' 0 0 0
16 Millwall 0 0 0
17 Norwich 0 0 0
18 N Forest 0 0 0
19 Reading 0 0 0
20 Rotherham 0 0 0
21 Sheff Wed 0 0 0
22 Watford 0 0 0
23 Wigan 0 0 0
24 Wolves 0 0 0

Updated Wed, 18 Jun 2014

Footer 365

World Cup: Penalty joy for Argentina as they beat Netherlands to reach final

Argentina overcame Netherlands on penalties after a 0-0 draw to set up a meeting with Germany in the World Cup final.

World Cup: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari to decide his future after the weekend

Luiz Felipe Scolari will wait until after the World Cup third-fourth place play-off before deciding his future.

Championship: Former Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland criticises Felix Magath

Brede Hangeland does not believe Felix Magath is the right man to lead the club back into the Premier League

Mail Box

Mails: Are Footballers Just Big Kids?

That's what the mailbox thinks, with Brazil's players showing a lack of responsibility in their 7-1 thrashing by Germany. Plus, more on Ozil and the importance of passion...

'Wow' Says The Mailbox In Unison. Wow Indeed.

There is understandably a great deal of reaction to Tuesday night's lunacy, but we have added thoughts on the anti-Ozil 'agenda' and Liverpool acting like they're big-time...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property