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Ipswich Town pick up all three points in Kieran McKenna's first game in charge against Wycombe Wanderers



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Ipswich Town started life under Kieran McKenna's management by picking up all three points during last night's home encounter against Wycombe Wanderers.

A 44th-minute goal from striker James Norwood was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the Tractor Boys, which in turn ended a six-game run without a win.

The triumph has moved 11th-placed Ipswich to within 10 points of the League One play-offs, while McKenna becomes the first manager since Mick McCarthy nine years ago to emerge victorious from their first game in charge of the club.

James Norwood scored Ipswich's winning goal against Wycombe. Picture: Barry Goodwin
James Norwood scored Ipswich's winning goal against Wycombe. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Speaking to iFollow Ipswich after the final whistle, the new boss said: "It's a pleasing result but getting three points at this stage of the season is the most important thing.

"We're a long way behind where we want to be and we need to get points on the board quickly, so tonight is a good start.

"There were lots of pleasing aspects about the performance as well. It wasn't pretty at times, it was tough and gritty, but I thought we did the ugly bits of the game well.

"We were tough, competitive and the players worked their socks off. There were moments of quality, and we know that side of things will improve.

"A second goal would have given us the cushion and we could have controlled the ball more, but, overall, it's certainly something to build on.

"The fans got us through the last 10 minutes because the players were tired and had used up a lot of energy. They were here in their numbers and they got right behind the team."

McKenna opted to keep the 3-5-2 formation that had served Ipswich well in their previous match against Sunderland – a game he watched from the stands having only been officially named as Paul Cook's replacement 48 hours earlier.

It meant a second successive appearance at left wing-back for Matt Penney, who felt the Blues deserved all three points.

He told the club's website: "It wasn’t pretty at times but I thought we worked our socks off and it’s nothing more than what we deserved.

"The new manager has come in and it was about setting the standard, so hopefully we keep going with more victories and we can kick on.

"We knew what we were in for so it was about dealing with that. I feel like we did well and got the result we deserved.

"There’s a lot more to come but although it wasn’t the prettiest at times, winning was the most important thing.

"We’ve done some hard work with the gaffer so hopefully we can kick on now and propel our season."

Ipswich are next due to be in action on New Year's Day (Saturday) against Lincoln City, although that match was thrown into doubt earlier this week when the Imps announced that there had been a coronavirus outbreak within their squad.