Championship
Millwall3Ipswich4

Millwall 3-4 Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town
Joe Garner celebrates Ipswich's first goal of the evening

Jordan Spence scored a late header as Ipswich maintained their 100% start to the Championship season with a remarkable victory at Millwall.

They trailed after 44 seconds when Jed Wallace volleyed in, but Ipswich's Joe Garner levelled from 25 yards.

Martyn Waghorn slammed the visitors ahead, and made it 3-2 at the interval after Aiden O'Brien had equalised.

Millwall sub Tom Elliott stabbed home with time running out, but Spence rose high to nod in a dramatic winner.

Defender Spence's goal was his first for the Tractor Boys and only his fifth in 199 career appearances, meaning Ipswich are one of three Championship sides yet to drop a point.

Waghorn, making his first start since joining from Rangers, profited from tireless play by team-mate David McGoldrick to score his second of the match, and his third in two league appearances.

It is the first time Ipswich have won their opening three league matches of a season since the 1999-2000 campaign, when they last won promotion to the Premier League.

Millwall manager Neil Harris said his goalkeeper Jordan Archer made a "horrendous error" for Garner's equaliser as he parried the long-range strike into his own net.

The Lions remain without a win since their return to the second tier, suffering only their second home defeat in 20 matches.

For Mick McCarthy's side, however, it is the first time they have scored four or more goals away from home since November 2015, when they won 5-2 at Rotherham.

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"It is not good enough here at The Den, it is unacceptable.

"Ipswich showed their class and ability at key moments. In my opinion we have given them four goals away at key moments.

"We were ahead after 44 seconds and we give a goal away, yes the goalkeeper should save it - there is no doubt about that. It is a horrendous error. He should save it at the end of the day, it is what he is in the goal for.

"The fourth goal is the icing on the cake, I have not got the professionalism or leadership in my group to deal with a free-kick against a non-physical Ipswich side."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"Our front four were magnificent, we had to survive a barrage. The irony is that it was a defender who scored the winner.

"I was not expecting a 4-3, we scored some magnificent goals but conceded three as well and that was disappointing but they were good.

"They have not been beaten here too often and I don't think they will either. I hope they don't. Millwall are hard to play against, they are a real handful and I think they will be fine."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 17Webster
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3MeredithBooked at 31minsSubstituted forFergusonat 74'minutes
  • 14Wallace
  • 23Saville
  • 6Williams
  • 22O'BrienSubstituted forOnyedinmaat 76'minutes
  • 20MorisonSubstituted forElliottat 75'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 8Thompson
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 11Ferguson
  • 13King
  • 19Elliott
  • 35Cooper

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 2IorfaBooked at 90mins
  • 12Spence
  • 4ChambersBooked at 79mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forRoweat 76'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 18WardBooked at 24mins
  • 20Sears
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 14GarnerBooked at 69mins

Substitutes

  • 17Rowe
  • 22Nydam
  • 24Crowe
  • 30Kenlock
  • 35Morris
  • 37McDonnell
  • 39Woolfenden
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
11,919

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 3, Ipswich Town 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 3, Ipswich Town 4.

Booking

Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

Shane Ferguson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Danny M. Rowe (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Millwall. Jed Wallace tries a through ball, but Fred Onyedinma is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Elliott (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 3, Ipswich Town 4. Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Ward with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tom Elliott (Millwall).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Danny M. Rowe (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Joe Garner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 3, Ipswich Town 3. Tom Elliott (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Booking

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Danny M. Rowe replaces Martyn Waghorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Fred Onyedinma replaces Aiden O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Tom Elliott replaces Steve Morison.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces James Meredith.

George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Joe Garner (Ipswich Town).

Attempt blocked. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Freddie Sears.

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Aiden O'Brien (Millwall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff33006069
2Wolves33006249
3Ipswich33007439
4Middlesbrough32013126
5Nottm Forest32016516
6Leeds31203215
7Hull31117524
8Sunderland21104224
9QPR21103124
10Bristol City31116514
11Birmingham31112204
12Preston31111104
13Reading311134-14
14Derby311123-14
15Fulham30302203
16Barnsley310246-23
17Sheff Utd310213-23
18Bolton302134-12
19Sheff Wed201112-11
20Brentford301257-21
21Millwall301246-21
22Norwich201124-21
23Aston Villa301226-41
24Burton300317-60
View full Championship table

Top Stories