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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Ipswich Town

Tommy Smith

Ipswich moved to within five points of the Championship top six with a win at fellow play-off contenders Brighton.

The visitors scored when goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak misjudged Stephen Hunt's corner and Daryl Murphy's header was tapped in by defender Tommy Smith.

Leonardo Ulloa almost levelled nine minutes later but his header from Jesse Lingard's cross went narrowly wide.

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Post-match: Ipswich manager McCarthy

Ipswich doubled their advantage with 10 minutes left through Murphy's header after a delivery from Jonny Williams.

The result keeps Ipswich in ninth position in the Championship, but brings them a point closer to the play-offs.

Brighton, one place and two points ahead of Town, lost for only the second time at home in 12 matches in all competitions.

In front of a crowd of 29,093 - the biggest at the Amex Stadium this season - the Seagulls should have gone ahead in only the fifth minute when Lingard shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Dean Gerken after bursting through.

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Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

Brighton had a penalty appeal waved away when Lingard went over following a challenge by Christophe Berra before Ulloa's header was saved by Gerken.

But the visitors took the lead in the second half when Smith scored for the second successive match.

Ulloa, Brighton's top scorer with 12 goals this season, wasted a chance to equalise before Murphy's header secured a valuable three points for Mick McCarthy's side.

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"Anyone saying that we didn't create enough chances hasn't been at the game.

"I don't look at the table but we have a game at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday and we're looking forward to getting back to winning ways.

"We created more than enough chances to win the game but we didn't take them so we have to learn, improve on some things and move on."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"We've still got a chance of the play-offs. We've now got to play Derby and Nottingham Forest and we'll know more by the end of the week.

"We did the right things, took our chances and it was a huge win.

"It's a difficult place to come. Brighton are a good side in the way they play out from the back and play good football."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2BrunoBooked at 33mins
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forLua Luaat 61'minutes
  • 38Ince
  • 19Ulloa
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forRodríguez Sánchezat 87'minutes
  • 35LingardSubstituted forMarchat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 5Dunk
  • 6Stephens
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14Calderón
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 27March

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 14Wordsworth
  • 6Berra
  • 5SmithBooked at 77mins
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forTabbat 74'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 9Murphy
  • 25WilliamsSubstituted forMingsat 84'minutes
  • 12HuntSubstituted forGreenat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 15Mings
  • 16Green
  • 18Tabb
  • 24Richardson
  • 27Ebanks-Blake
  • 35Nouble
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
29,093

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home22
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gordon Greer following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Solly March.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  7. Post update

    Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces William Buckley.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Jonathan Williams.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 2. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  17. Booking

    Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jesse Lingard.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester36256569343581
2Burnley372113362313176
3Derby37199965432266
4QPR37199946321466
5Wigan361881050351562
6Reading3716111058421659
7Nottm Forest37141585546957
8Brighton361511103930956
9Ipswich371412114842654
10Blackburn361311124445-150
11Bournemouth371310144552-749
12Watford3612121253431048
13Leeds36138155052-247
14Middlesbrough371015124541445
15Sheff Wed371112144643345
16Huddersfield37128174751-444
17Bolton37914144854-641
18Blackpool371011163252-2041
19Doncaster371010173354-2140
20Birmingham37910184453-937
21Charlton34711162544-1932
22Millwall37711193364-3132
23Yeovil37710203557-2231
24Barnsley36611193163-3229
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