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Ipswich Town 0-1 Derby County

Derby County celebrate
Derby County moved into the automatic promotion places in the Championship with victory

Derby County moved above Ipswich into second place in the Championship with a win that ended the home side's 11-match unbeaten league run.

Rams striker Chris Martin seized on Tommy Smith's misjudged headed back-pass to poke home in the second half.

Jay Tabb from close range and a 25-yard David McGoldrick shot went close for Ipswich in the opening half.

The visitors' defender John Eustace was sent off in injury time for receiving a second yellow card.

Ipswich knew a win would put them top, ahead of Bournemouth's home match against Norwich later in the day, but a Derby victory saw them leapfrog their hosts into second.

The visitors, who became the first team to win at Portman Road since Norwich's victory on 23 August, moved level on points with leaders Bournemouth ahead of the Cherries' match.

Derby County
Ipswich were unbeaten in their last 10 games at Portman Road

Ipswich had lost only one of their last 21 games in all competitions and almost went ahead early on as Tabb had a shot saved by goalkeeper Lee Grant before McGoldrick shot over from distance.

Steve McClaren's Derby, unbeaten in four in all competitions, held their own in a tight opening period with chances for either side growing increasingly rare as the half wore on.

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McClaren on Ipswich v Derby

The hosts were again the more progressive side after the break, with Teddy Bishop having a low 20-yard shot tipped away by Grant before Derby's Richard Keogh escaped strong penalty shouts for handball against him.

But it was the Rams who broke the deadlock as Martin capitalised on Smith's weak back header to prod the ball into the net to endanger Ipswich's five-match winning streak at home.

And, despite Eustace's late red card for pulling down McGoldrick, the visitors were able to hang on to the win.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"Derby are a good side but it was a nothing game and certainly no spectacle.

"It probably should have ended 0-0 but we made a mistake and it cost us. Tommy has come in at the end and apologised but no apology was needed, we all make mistakes."

Derby boss Steve McClaren:

"That was as good an away performance as we have had for a long time. This is a tough place to come but we put in a really mature display.

"You need to have that maturity to win games and sometimes we have been a little naive and not got the results. But today we stood up to their challenge when we had to, defended well and played it around.

"The game wasn't pretty at times but this performance, and the belief and confidence it will give us, is something we can build on."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5SmithBooked at 18mins
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 19HyamBooked at 85mins
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forHuntat 68'minutes
  • 18TabbSubstituted forHuntat 56'minutes
  • 27BishopSubstituted forBruat 72'minutes
  • 9Murphy
  • 10McGoldrickBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 12Hunt
  • 14Bajner
  • 16Hunt
  • 17Bru
  • 29Ambrose

Derby

  • 1Grant
  • 2Christie
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Buxton
  • 3Forsyth
  • 8HendrickSubstituted forBrysonat 80'minutes
  • 14EustaceBooked at 90mins
  • 19Hughes
  • 11RussellSubstituted forShottonat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Martin
  • 44IbeSubstituted forDawkinsat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 7Dawkins
  • 10Ward
  • 21Roos
  • 32Shotton
  • 33Mascarell
  • 39Bent
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
20,861

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Derby County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Derby County 1.

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Lee Grant.

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

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jake Buxton.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Ryan Shotton replaces Johnny Russell.

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to John Eustace (Derby County) for a bad foul.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Eustace (Derby County).

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Simon Dawkins replaces Jordon Ibe.

Booking

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

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Johnny Russell (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Craig Bryson replaces Jeff Hendrick because of an injury.

Delay in match Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Delay in match Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) because of an injury.

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt blocked. Jordon Ibe (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Teddy Bishop.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Noel Hunt replaces Paul Anderson.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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