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Millwall 1-3 Ipswich Town

Noel Hunt
Noel Hunt signed a contract to the end of the season earlier this month after being released by Leeds

Ipswich moved back into the automatic promotion places in the Championship as Noel Hunt's early double inspired them to victory at struggling Millwall.

Hunt punished a static home defence from brother Stephen's lobbed pass, then added a second from close range.

Millwall, who had made eight changes, pulled one back as winger Magaye Gueye lashed in his third of the season.

Byron Webster headed wide as the Lions pressed for an equaliser, but Jonathan Parr's composed finish sealed the win.

Millwall boss Ian Holloway, given a vote of confidence by chairman John Berylson on Friday after a run of only one win in 13 games in all competitions, made wholesale changes to his starting XI following the 4-0 FA Cup defeat by League One Bradford City.

He also entrusted the captaincy to 19-year-old defender Sid Nelson.

Reversal of fortune
Ipswich's victory was their first at The Den since a 2-1 win in a League Cup tie in September 2010. In four league games since then, they had lost three and drawn one.
Their last league success at Millwall came in August 2005, when Joe Royle was their manager.

Diego Fabbrini - signed on loan from Watford - was only inches away from a debut goal inside two minutes as Ipswich failed to clear after his first effort was blocked.

Having made an encouraging start, it was a body blow to the Lions to concede in Ipswich's first attack as Hunt found space to beat David Forde with a left-foot effort.

And the 32-year-old former Leeds forward was soon celebrating again, sidefooting home after Kevin Bru's effort ran to him off defender Dan Harding.

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Ian Holloway on Millwall's defeat by Ipswich

Daryl Murphy and Paul Anderson forced saves from Forde before Djimi Abdou shot wide when well-placed.

But Millwall did manage to pull one back before half-time as Stefan Maierhofer laid off to Gueye, who fired past Bartosz Bialkowski.

With 6ft 7ins Maierhofer offering a physical presence up front, the Lions enjoyed some sustained pressure but did not come any closer than Webster's glancing effort from Gueye's corner.

And Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy's decision to replace the Hunt brothers paid off as new boy Freddie Sears, signed from Colchester, flicked on for fellow sub Parr to score his first goal since a 2-0 home win over Brighton in September.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "I think it's vital the boys realise that I'm here and I've been given the job to save this club.

"We need to be a little bit more physical, a little bit more at it and some of the lads need to realise that. We are family and I'm not going to give up, ever.

"We're letting too many goals in and we're not scoring enough. I believe I'm totally at the right place and I'm going to work to make it better."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "It was an outstanding performance from Noel Hunt, I'm delighted with him.

"I said that when we took him on loan and now we've signed him permanently I'm even more happy with him.

"I wouldn't have liked going into the last five minutes with only a one-goal lead - and we were able to kill the game off with that third one."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4CummingsSubstituted forFullerat 80'minutes
  • 35Nelson
  • 17Webster
  • 21Harding
  • 18Gueye
  • 26Abdou
  • 23Powell
  • 8FabbriniSubstituted forMartinat 63'minutes
  • 42Maierhofer
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 3Shittu
  • 7Martin
  • 11Woolford
  • 19Fuller
  • 27McDonald
  • 29Wilkinson
  • 41King

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forClarkeat 88'minutes
  • 18Tabb
  • 17Bru
  • 12HuntSubstituted forParrat 64'minutes
  • 16HuntSubstituted forSearsat 63'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 7Stewart
  • 20Sears
  • 28Clarke
  • 29Ambrose
  • 38Crowe
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
11,063

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home20
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Ipswich Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Ipswich Town 3.

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stefan Maierhofer.

Attempt saved. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Parr.

Foul by Dan Harding (Millwall).

Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Byron Webster (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Matthew Clarke replaces Paul Anderson.

Attempt missed. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

Ricardo Fuller (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jack Powell.

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Ricardo Fuller replaces Shaun Cummings.

Foul by Stefan Maierhofer (Millwall).

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Ipswich Town 3. Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Freddie Sears.

Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).

Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt blocked. Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Foul by Shaun Cummings (Millwall).

Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Dan Harding (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Shaun Cummings (Millwall).

Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Sid Nelson.

Hand ball by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Magaye Gueye (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth26156557273051
2Ipswich26148444242050
3Derby26146648252348
4Middlesbrough26138540172347
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2697103538-334
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton26511102733-626
20Leeds2668122738-1126
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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