The experienced Dane, along with former Bolton Wanderers team-mate Jay-Jay Okocha, was a key factor in Phil Brown’s side taking the points. All the goals arrived in a pulsating first half, with Wayne Brown also on the scoresheet for the Tigers.
The visitors came close to grabbing an early lead when midfielder Tommy Miller struck the post but it was the Tigers who opened the scoring with just eleven minutes played. A quickly-taken corner resulted in Okocha sending a cross into the box and Pedersen was left completely unmarked to guide a header into the bottom corner.
Ipswich responded positively and saw Owen Garvan’s half-volley hit the upright before Pedersen scored his and the Tigers’ second goal of the game five minutes before the break. Okocha was involved once again as his reverse pass picked out Windass and the veteran striker’s ball over the top found the run of Pedersen, who lashed home an unstoppable effort from inside the box.
And it was 3-0 in the final minute of the half as Wayne Brown flicked home Okocha’s cross for his first goal in a black and amber shirt since making the move to the KCOM Stadium from Colchester United. There was still time for Dan Harding to pull one back from the Portman Road outfit before the break but Ipswich were unable to build on that momentum in the second half and the Tigers ran out comfortable winners.
Speaking after the game, Pedersen quick to reveal his delight at marking his first appearance at the home of the Tigers with a brace and said: “Of course it was nice to score a goal again. You always say that the first goal is the most important for your confidence. But overall, we put in a good team performance and getting the three points was the most important thing.”
Reflecting on the Dane’s impressive contribution, Phil Brown added: Henrik is looking stronger and fitter and if we can keep him on the field of play, he can score goals. You’ve got to take a punt every time you go into the transfer market and the punt on Henrik was that we were signing an ex-Premiership player, an injured ex-Premiership player. I’ve nothing but praise for him. He’s a driven person and to get his first start in the league and score two league goals was testimony to his attitude.”
Team: Myhill, Ricketts, Turner, Brown, Dawson, Garcia, Ashbee, Marney, Pedersen (Hughes 68), Windass (McPhee 66), Okocha (Livermore 78).
Subs Not Used: Duke, Delaney.