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3 things we learned from Ipswich’s thrilling 4-2 opening win over Barnsley



A hat-trick from Ipswich Town new-boy Grant Ward gave the Tractor Boys all three points in their opening fixture against newly promoted Barnsley yesterday.

The win, which sees Ipswich go second in the league, was an entertaining one and will give both sides hope going into the new Championship campaign.

The game exploded into life in the second-half with debutant Grant Ward scoring with his first touch of the ball, although Barnsley quickly equalised when skipper Conor Hourihane levelled things up.

Ward added his second of the game just after the hour mark when he smashed the ball past Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies.

The Tractor Boys were then awarded a penalty just two minutes and rather than Ward taking to complete his hat-trick, striker David McGoldrick stepped up to score his first of the season.

Midfielder Marley Watkins then headed home to give Barnsley hope of rescuing a point but Ward got his third six minutes from time to complete a perfect debut.

For Mick McCarthy it was a good chance to see his squad get back to winning ways, whilst for Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom, it was a decent start to life in the league after the promotion.

So following the game, what exactly did we learn? Here’s THREE things FootballLeagueWorld writer Hayden Atkins picked up on after the victory.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 3 things we learned from Ipswich’s thrilling 4-2 opening win over Barnsley

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