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Kieran McKenna and four Ipswich Town players including Macauley Bonne in League One Team of the Week while Gillingham sack Steve Evans



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Ipswich Town's excellent display in the 4-0 win at Gillingham on Saturday saw the Suffolk side dominate the latest Sky Bet League One Team of the Week while it led to their Kent opponents sacking boss Steve Evans.

Kieran McKenna made it two wins from two with no goals conceded since coming in to replace Paul Cook as Town boss, and the ex-Manchester United coach appeared alongside four of his players in the league's latest star team.

Goalscorers Wes Burns and Macauley Bonne were included alongside captain Sam Morsy and left-back Matt Penney, who both earned assists, in a Blues-dominated line-up. The EFL's team of the weeks are powered by statistics website WhoScored.com.

Bonne ended a 10-game goalless streak at Priestfield Stadium to take his season tally to 12, and admitted it was a weight off his shoulders.

"We were buzzing in the dressing room because it was a really good team performance," he told iFollow Ipswich.

"I'm delighted to end the goal drought as it has been a fair few weeks and that's a weight off my shoulders for sure.

"It was really good work from Matt (Penney) to play the ball across and as it was coming I was thinking 'ooh it's bobbling, is today my day or not?' but thankfully it was fine. I certainly had a sigh of relief.

"The gaffer wanted us to start quickly and we did that. Every goal was a team goal and it was so good to see the things we had been working on come off in the game.

"Our game management was good in the second half as well. We wanted to make sure we came out and were solid so we didn't concede, and then we'd try to get the fourth goal when we could.

"Fair play to the fans that came as they must have been soaked. We were buzzing to have a following like that, and they've been great for us all season."

Ipswich Town's loaned forward Macauley Bonne poses with fans after being subbed against Gillingham, having ended his goal drought Picture: Andy Jones
Ipswich Town's loaned forward Macauley Bonne poses with fans after being subbed against Gillingham, having ended his goal drought Picture: Andy Jones

While McKenna became the first Town boss to begin with two victories since Roy Keane in 2009, the 4-0 defeat spelled the end of the line at the Gills for outspoken manager Steve Evans, following two-and-a-half seasons ion charge.

A dreadful run of no wins in their last 13 matches has left the Kent side seven points adrift of safety and sitting third bottom in the League One table.

A statement on the Gills official website released yesterday read: “Gillingham Football Club can confirm that the contract of manager Steve Evans has been terminated by mutual consent with immediate effect.

Kieran McKenna has become the first Ipswich Town manager to oversee victories in his first two matches since Roy Keane in 2009 Picture: Andy Jones
Kieran McKenna has become the first Ipswich Town manager to oversee victories in his first two matches since Roy Keane in 2009 Picture: Andy Jones

"The club wishes to thank Steve for all his efforts over the past two years in circumstances that have been significantly more difficult and challenging due to the Covid pandemic, and wishes him well in the future.

"The search for a new head coach/manager will begin immediately.

Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor were both relieved of their duties in the wake of Gillingham's 4-0 home loss to Ipswich Town Picture: Andy Jones
Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor were both relieved of their duties in the wake of Gillingham's 4-0 home loss to Ipswich Town Picture: Andy Jones

"There will be no further comment from the club on this matter."