Huddersfield Town 0-2 Ipswich Town

Paul Anderson

Ipswich kept themselves in the hunt for the Championship play-offs by easing to victory over lacklustre Huddersfield.

Paul Anderson curled in an early opener for the visitors before Daryl Murphy poked in a second midway through the first half.

Huddersfield rarely threatened, with Oscar Gobern having their first shot on target late on with an effort that Dean Gerken saved with his legs.

Ipswich are eighth with 61 points, two points off sixth place.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, are 17th and seven points clear of the relegation zone with five games remaining.

Ipswich attacked from the outset as Murphy twice went close before Anderson opened the scoring in the sixth minute.

The winger found space on the edge of the area and curled a beautiful effort beyond Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy

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Mick McCarthy: Ipswich Town manager on Huddersfield win

With Huddersfield unable to assert themselves in the final third, it was left to Ipswich to take up the attacking initiative and they added a second when a corner was only half cleared as far as Murphy and he made no mistake from close range.

Danny Ward shot wide for Huddersfield following a promising move, but it was Ipswich who still looked the most likely to score as Anderson forced Smithies into a one-handed save.

Huddersfield improved as the second half progressed, with Gerken finally tested by Gobern, but it was too late to deny Ipswich victory.

Huddersfield manager Mark Robins:

"Whatever team we put out on Saturday we need to work. The whole tradition of this club is based on hard work but tonight it seemed there were too many players who thought they could turn up and play without putting any effort in.

"The players know exactly how I feel and they now need to respond. There comes a point where the players have to take responsibility and grow up.

"We looked like we were a team of individuals and we were blaming each other and that must be eradicated quickly. If I could have made 11 changes I would have."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"It shows we have a good team spirit and work ethic.

"We were beaten by Blackburn and had to travel home and then back up to Huddersfield and there was a danger we could get another slapping.

"That didn't happen and we had a top response from the lads."

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