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IpswichIpswich Town1BirminghamBirmingham City0

Ipswich Town 1-0 Birmingham City

Daryl Murphy

Ipswich Town crept to within four points of the play-off spots with a win over Birmingham City as Daryl Murphy hit his ninth goal of the season.

Murphy had an open goal after being played in by Frank Nouble's cross.

Mick McCarthy's men had not won since 1 February but Birmingham are in greater trouble, having won just two Championship matches in 2014.

They are nine points clear of the relegation zone - but have played three more games than 22nd-placed Charlton.

Birmingham had the better opportunities early on, Lee Novak having the first real chance after a good piece of control, only to shoot wide.

But Ipswich kept at it, Nouble going close himself, before linking with Paul Taylor to set up Murphy.

Nouble's cross was so perfect, it left Murphy at the back post with a clear goal to fire into.

After the break, Ipswich looked to build on their lead, Taylor forcing Darren Randolph into a smart save, before another attempt whistled wide.

Novak missed another opportunity for Birmingham from Chris Burke's cross, before Randolph denied Ipswich sub Paul Anderson with his fingertips.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "I think it was the right result - just. But I don't think we dominated Birmingham by any stretch of the imagination.

"The top five are clear and Wigan are the favourites for the sixth spot. They are ahead of us and they still have players from the Premier League last season, but we are still in there, scrapping away."

Birmingham boss Lee Clark: "We were a little toothless. We didn't have enough quality. The defence was solid and we stood up to a big physical team in Ipswich.

"We did the ugly stuff well but we didn't do enough when we had possession. We lacked that quality and I don't think we deserved anything from the game."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8SkuseBooked at 89mins
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 18TabbSubstituted forHuntat 68'minutes
  • 16Green
  • 9Murphy
  • 26TaylorSubstituted forMingsat 88'minutes
  • 35NoubleSubstituted forAndersonat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 11Anderson
  • 12Hunt
  • 14Wordsworth
  • 15Mings
  • 24Richardson
  • 27Ebanks-Blake

Birmingham

  • 1Randolph
  • 23SpectorBooked at 60mins
  • 4Robinson
  • 36Huws
  • 6Martin
  • 14Packwood
  • 31CaddisSubstituted forIbeat 45'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 19ZigicBooked at 39mins
  • 9MachedaSubstituted forBurkeat 59'minutes
  • 12NovakSubstituted forHowardat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Burke
  • 8Ibe
  • 10Howard
  • 13Doyle
  • 22Shinnie
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 37Blackett
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
15,596

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Birmingham City 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Brian Howard (Birmingham City).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

  7. Post update

    Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

  9. Booking

    Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

  11. Post update

    Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Paul Taylor.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Birmingham City. Aaron Martin tries a through ball, but Jordon Ibe is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

  15. Post update

    Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Green with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Brian Howard replaces Lee Novak.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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