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Doncaster Rovers 0-3 Ipswich Town

David McGoldrick

Ipswich moved into the Championship play-off places after two goals from David McGoldrick and another from Luke Chambers earned victory at Doncaster.

McGoldrick and Town captain Chambers headed home from corners in the first half, exposing flimsy defending.

Mark Duffy then saw a 25-yard free-kick tipped onto the crossbar for Rovers.

McGoldrick grabbed his second when he again had far too much space in a dangerous position, sliding home after Daryl Murphy's low centre.

A lifeless Doncaster, whose injury worries were obvious in some of their haphazard defending, have now won just once in 12 league games.

Ipswich gave notice of their aerial threat when McGoldrick met a Ryan Tunnicliffe cross from the left, but his header lacked any power.

It proved a sighter for Town's top marksman as he picked his spot when allowed a free jump at Aaron Cresswell's corner.

With Ipswich's second corner of the match, they were 2-0 up, an unmarked Chambers converting Tunnicliffe drifted cross,

Rovers would have pulled a goal back before the break but for Dean Gerken, the Ipswich goalkeeper making good ground to push a 25-yard Duffy free-kick, headed for the top corner, onto the crossbar.

McGoldrick deservedly grabbed his second, sliding home from Murphy's cross.

Murphy was denied a goal by Ross Turnbull moments later when through one-on-one, with Frank Nouble's follow up offside.

Turnbull got down well to prevent McGoldrick's hat-trick as Doncaster's resistance went limp.

When the hosts did get in behind, skipper Richie Wellens chose the wrong option, passing across goal when he could have shot at an exposed Gerken.

McGoldrick missed two more chances for his hat-trick before being replaced on 83 minutes.

Chambers almost completed a memorable Boxing Day for Town fans when he burst into the area but his shot flashed wide in the closing moments.

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"We can work on tactics and formations but you can't legislate for two player switching off at a set-piece. Especially against a big, physical team - you can't expect to come back from that.

"It was far too easy.

"I've been loathe to blame the injuries in recent weeks but it is taking its toll. We want to stay in this division, I still believe we will do that comfortably."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"Recent performances have been good but this league is so bonkers.

"You can have that good run and get into the top three but then you can lose three easily on the bounce.

"Doncaster beat Leicester here and QPR here - that's the league."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 1Turnbull
  • 2QuinnBooked at 80mins
  • 27Yun Suk-young
  • 4Furman
  • 15Wakefield
  • 12McCullough
  • 7Duffy
  • 19Wellens
  • 22RobinsonSubstituted forBennettat 73'minutes
  • 10MachedaSubstituted forPetersonat 53'minutes
  • 25ForresterSubstituted forCotterillat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 17Woods
  • 21De Val
  • 23Bennett
  • 30Peterson
  • 31Stevens

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 19Hyam
  • 16Tunnicliffe
  • 9MurphySubstituted forAndersonat 90+1'minutes
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 35NoubleSubstituted forGrahamat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 7Edwards
  • 11Anderson
  • 15Mings
  • 17Graham
  • 18Tabb
  • 26Taylor
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
7,753

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 3.

Foul by David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers).

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers).

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson replaces Daryl Murphy.

Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

Hand ball by David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers).

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Wakefield with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces David McGoldrick.

Alex Peterson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Alex Peterson (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Booking

Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Doncaster Rovers).

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jordan Graham replaces Frank Nouble.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Kyle Bennett replaces Theo Robinson.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Foul by Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers).

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Harry Forrester.

Attempt missed. Alex Peterson (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross.

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ross Turnbull (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester22143534221245
2Burnley22127333161743
3QPR22126424131142
4Derby22125546281841
5Nottm Forest229943122936
6Leeds2210573324935
7Ipswich229763425934
8Reading229763025534
9Brighton228862721632
10Blackpool228862526-132
11Blackburn228772624231
12Watford227873529629
13Wigan218582423129
14Huddersfield227782625128
15Bournemouth2284102939-1028
16Middlesbrough226883331226
17Bolton226882427-326
18Birmingham226792626025
19Charlton2257102028-822
20Millwall2256112546-2121
21Doncaster2255121840-2220
22Sheff Wed213992231-918
23Yeovil2245131731-1417
24Barnsley2237121939-2016
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