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Ipswich Town boss Kieran McKenna left delighted with display at Gillingham as Blues hit four goals without reply at Priestfield



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It's two Sky Bet League One wins from two without conceding for Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna after an emphatic 4-0 rout at Gillingham's Preistfield this afternoon.

The Gills were torn apart during a torrid first 23 minutes that saw James Norwood, Wes Burns and Macauley Bonne score for the visitors.

Gillingham played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after Dan Phillips’ red card and Conor Chaplin made it 4-0 from the penalty spot to delight the sold out 2,073 travelling fans.

Ipswich forward Conor Chaplin (21) celebrates scoring a penalty against Gillingham with his team-mates Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich forward Conor Chaplin (21) celebrates scoring a penalty against Gillingham with his team-mates Picture: Andy Jones

And former Manchester United coach McKenna was left delighted with what he saw from his players, who had been given an extended spell on the training ground with him, following the New Year's Day fixture with Lincoln City being called off.

"Even with a 4-0 lead we were chasing every ball," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"The attitude and work ethic from the lads was brilliant. There were lots of pleasing aspects about today's performance.

It was worth the wet trip for a sold-out away end at Priestfield Picture: Andy Jones
It was worth the wet trip for a sold-out away end at Priestfield Picture: Andy Jones

"There was quality to our goals, and some of the football across the whole game was really good.

"The first three goals were impressive from a team perspective, and it was good to see the movement and coordination from the lads – both things we had been working on.

"We got a little bit sloppy towards the end of the first half, and invited a bit of pressure, but we responded to that well and were very professional in the second half.

"We kept them away from our goal and didn't give them any chances, so I enjoyed that about the second half and how we kept hold of the ball.

"Overall it was really good, particularly scoring four goals and keeping a clean sheet, and we move forward."

Asked for his thoughts on the performance, goalscorer Burns told iFollow Ipswich: "I really enjoyed it. I don't think you can really put anything past us today.

"We hunted in packs, played some really nice stuff at times scoring some great goals. Other than maybe a sloppy 10-15 at the end of the first half I think we were dominant throughout the game."

The result, which followed a 1-0 home win over Wycombe Wanderers in McKenna's first match since being chosen to succeed Paul Cook, leaves Town 10th in the table and sees the gap to the top six reduced to eight points.

You can read the full match report via our sister title at KentOnline.

Ipswich forward Macauley Bonne poses with fans after being subbed against Gillingham Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich forward Macauley Bonne poses with fans after being subbed against Gillingham Picture: Andy Jones
Conor Chaplin scores a penalty to make it 4-0 Picture: Andy Jones
Conor Chaplin scores a penalty to make it 4-0 Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna celebrates at the final whistle at Gillingham's Priestfield Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna celebrates at the final whistle at Gillingham's Priestfield Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich players celebrate their second goal Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich players celebrate their second goal Picture: Andy Jones