MARTYN WAGHORN ran his boyhood club Sunderland ragged to crank up the heat on Simon Grayson.
Striker Waghorn, who spent 13 years with the Wearsiders after joining them aged eight, headed home the opener before setting up goals for Jordan Spence, Bersant Celina and David McGoldrick.
The humiliation left the Black Cats — who replied through Billy Jones and Aiden McGeady — still rooted in the relegation zone.
Grant Ward made it five late on, leaving under-pressure boss Grayson still searching for his second league win of the season.
Town boss Mick McCarthy claimed he gets what Grayson “is going through” before the game after his three-year tenure at the Stadium of Light in the Noughties.
McCarthy lost his first ELEVEN fixtures as Black Cats chief, including nine in the Premier League which saw the club relegated.
Yet the 58-year-old did manage to get Sunderland back up to the top flight — albeit two years after the drop — proving things can better given time.
But any away fan in attendance at Portman Road could be forgiven for feeling little hope that will transpire this time.
The visitors were so poor defensively, particularly from crosses. And unsurprisingly, that is how Town scored their first two goals.
Waghorn’s opener came on six minutes as the former Rangers ace headed Joe Garner’s centre into the far corner for his fifth of the season.
Grayson’s men did strike back instantly as Jones exposed some lacklustre marking in the home box to nod home McGeady’s corner.
Waghorn should have bagged his second midway through the first half but dragged wide Jonas Knudsen’s cut-back.
But five minutes later Spence put the hosts back in front, crashing home Waghorn’s corner in a similar vein to Jones’ effort.
Tractor Boys keeper Bartosz Bialkowski then proved why he had kept his place after his howler against Leeds on Saturday by brilliantly turning over Lee Cattermole’s six-yard header.
Ipswich, so dull so often last year, were playing some expansive and exhilarating football to continue the turnaround under McCarthy this year, following 17 draws last term.
There have been no draws this term though and if more entertaining fare like this is served up, supporters could soon start returning in their droves.
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Particularly if Waghorn can keep up the level of skill he showed here to make it 3-1.
The ex-Wigan man’s superb back-flick put the ball on the plate for Celina to stroke home from ten yards.
Waghorn was at it again on the hour to put the game beyond doubt as he fired the ball across the penalty area where McGoldrick stuck the ball away at the second attempt.
McGeady restored some pride when he picked out the far corner from 23 yards on 65 minutes.
But it failed to paper over the considerable cracks in Sunderland — who have not won a league game in September for FIVE years — and sub Hall rounded Jason Steele on 89 minutes to round off the thrashing.
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