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Copy from Football Unlimited of 26/09/2005.
Joe Royle sashayed through the room, offering hands and beaming with the effervescence of a diva about to collect an award; Kevin Blackwell entered at high velocity, powered by steam from his ears. If you did not know who had won it would not have been too difficult to work out from the demeanour of the managers.
Their analyses would prove to be less representative. Royle thought Ipswich "rode our luck" whereas Blackwell opined that Leeds "did everything but win the game". Given that Sam Parkin was the only attacker who lived up to the description, and that Ipswich also had the two most stylish performers in Jim Magilton and Dean Bowditch, it was a strange and misleading consensus. Leeds were so sloppy as to deserve nothing; Ipswich so sharp when it counted to deserve the win.
Leeds started brightly, hogging possession for the first half hour. "We defended too deep and kept giving the ball away," said Royle, which was true. "Their front two were a handful," he added, which was not.
Copy from Football Unlimited of 25/09/2005.
He may have left Stamford Bridge three years ago, but Sam Parkin has clearly brought some of the Premiership champions' winning ways to Ipswich.
The former Chelsea trainee's two goals gave Joe Royle's side their first win in five league games and destroyed Leeds' unbeaten home record.
Parkin was brought to Portman Road during the summer on a four-year deal from League One side Swindon to replace the departed Darren Bent and Shefki Kuqi. And clinical strikes in either half suggested the £550,000 signing is up to the task. Parkin scored with an excellent header from Dean Bowditch's cross shortly before the half-hour and added another cool finish in the 70th minute to secure the points.