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Ipswich Town 2-0 Rotherham United

David McGoldrick
David McGoldrick's goal helped Ipswich move into the play-off positions

Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick both scored in the opening six minutes as Ipswich made it four consecutive wins with victory over Rotherham.

Murphy grabbed the first when he headed in after keeper Scott Loach had saved Luke Chambers' header.

The Millers were two down when McGoldrick's 25-yard left-foot shot found the net.

Frazer Richardson had a great late chance for United but he blazed over from close range.

Buoyed by three straight wins, Ipswich almost scored just 84 seconds into the game.

Jonathan Parr's deep cross was met first time by Murphy, but his volley was clawed away by former Town stopper Loach at his near post.

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But in the third minute they did take the lead. Chambers' header was pushed down, rather than away, by Loach and Murphy nodded in the rebound.

Loach was picking the ball out of his net again after McGoldrick picked up Luke Hyam's short pass and fired in from outside the box.

Christophe Berra forced a save from Loach at the near post while Conor Sammon struck the woodwork after rounding the keeper.

Chambers came to Ipswich's rescue when he deflected Lee Frecklington's shot, which was heading for the net.

And with eight minutes to go Richardson fired over after Dean Gerken had parried Paul Green's deflected free-kick.

The win lifted Mick McCarthy's team into the play-off places, just three points behind leaders and local rivals Norwich.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "[David] McGoldrick is arguably one of the best strikers in the league. He has two good feet, just one better than the other, and it was some strike.

"September has gone particularly well. We have had a nice bit of momentum, although we have carried a bit of luck."

Rotherham assistant manager Paul Raynor: "We left ourselves with a mountain to climb and we need to look at that. We lost our men and we will look at whether Scott Loach could have done better with the opening goal.

"There were lots of pluses. We just need to find someone who is going to score the goals. And if there is no one in the squad, we will look to bring someone in."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forTabbat 55'minutes
  • 17Bru
  • 19Hyam
  • 9Murphy
  • 32SammonSubstituted forHewittat 68'minutes
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forBajnerat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Smith
  • 14Bajner
  • 18Tabb
  • 21Hewitt
  • 23Henshall
  • 27Bishop
  • 33Bialkowski

Rotherham

  • 1Loach
  • 16Richardson
  • 4ArnasonBooked at 24mins
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 3SkarzSubstituted forBecchioat 89'minutes
  • 18Pringle
  • 11Green
  • 8FrecklingtonBooked at 33mins
  • 7HallSubstituted forDerbyshireat 60'minutes
  • 9Revell
  • 10BowerySubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Brindley
  • 21Collin
  • 22Becchio
  • 25Swift
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29Clarke-Harris
  • 37Rowe
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
16,447

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home15
Away24
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Rotherham United 0.

Offside, Rotherham United. Ben Pringle tries a through ball, but Kirk Broadfoot is caught offside.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire.

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town).

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Pringle.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Pringle.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Luciano Becchio replaces Joe Skarz.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevin Bru.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Elliott Hewitt.

Attempt blocked. Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Alex Revell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town).

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Balint Bajner replaces David McGoldrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Jordan Bowery.

Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Pringle.

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Elliott Hewitt replaces Conor Sammon.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich96212081220
2Nottm Forest95401771019
3Watford95221710717
4Ipswich9522137617
5Wolves852183517
6Derby94411710716
7Middlesbrough9513137616
8Charlton9360129315
9Sheff Wed943296315
10Blackburn94231616014
11Brentford94231113-214
12Reading84131111013
13Leeds94141012-213
14Bournemouth93331411312
15Cardiff93331212012
16Millwall9324910-111
17Brighton9234810-29
18Wigan92251012-28
19Rotherham9225612-68
20Huddersfield9225919-108
21Birmingham9144816-87
22Bolton9126715-85
23Fulham9117820-124
24Blackpool9027413-92
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