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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 Ipswich Town

Joao Teixeira, Brighton
Joao Teixeira is congratulated after his goal by his Brighton team-mates

Struggling Brighton dented Ipswich's promotion bid with an impressive victory at the Amex Stadium.

Third-placed Ipswich could have gone top with a win, but they were blown away by three first-half goals.

Sam Baldock opened the scoring when he cut in and blasted home a superb effort, before Ipswich's Daryl Murphy levelled at the near post.

Joao Teixeira scored a brace inside seven minutes and Brighton held on despite Freddie Sears' late strike.

Teixeira, who is on loan from Liverpool, had not scored since September until his timely intervention against the Tractor Boys.

His first, which put the hosts 2-1 up, saw him take on four defenders before cutting in onto his right foot and scoring with a deflected shot from just outside the box.

He doubled his tally for the evening on the stroke of half-time when he powered home a low shot following a good cross from Joe Bennett.

Brighton continued to look bright in the second half, but they could not add to their lead and were given a nervous final few minutes when Sears broke through and finished clinically.

However, Chris Hughton's side held on for their first win at the Amex in the Championship since 4 November.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton, whose side play Arsenal in the FA Cup on Sunday:

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Hughton on Brighton v Ipswich

"It is a nice way to take us into Sunday. Up to now, I hadn't even thought about Sunday's game.

"It will certainly be a good feeling to go into the tie on the back of a good win and a good performance.

"I am most delighted with the three points. I know Mick McCarthy well and his assistant Terry Connor but the most important thing was the three points."

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

"We have to give Brighton a lot of credit.

"It was not going to be easy. Brighton played well in the first half and we didn't do well with the goals we conceded.

"We've had one or two players missing through illness and injury and perhaps Brighton have gone up a couple of percent because they are playing us."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13StockdaleBooked at 90mins
  • 14Calderon
  • 3Greer
  • 4Hughes
  • 30Bennett
  • 22Holla
  • 24Ince
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraSubstituted forMarchat 86'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 11O'GradySubstituted forBestat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Colunga
  • 15Chicksen
  • 19Best
  • 20McCourt
  • 26Rea
  • 27March
  • 31Walton

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 8Skuse
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forSearsat 50'minutes
  • 18TabbSubstituted forHuntat 74'minutes
  • 17BruBooked at 90mins
  • 16HuntBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBishopat 65'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 12Hunt
  • 20Sears
  • 27Bishop
  • 28Clarke
  • 29Ambrose
  • 35Kenny
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
23,880

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Ipswich Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Ipswich Town 2.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Booking

Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tyrone Mings.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Bru with a cross.

Foul by Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Hand ball by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces João Teixeira.

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Teixeira.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leon Best tries a through ball, but Íñigo Calderón is caught offside.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gordon Greer tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 3, Ipswich Town 2. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Bru.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leon Best replaces Chris O'Grady.

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt replaces Jay Tabb.

Attempt blocked. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Noel Hunt.

João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Teixeira with a cross.

Foul by David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a cross.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Booking

Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jay Tabb with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Danny Holla.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

David Stockdale (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Middlesbrough27148542182450
3Ipswich27148546271950
4Derby26146648252348
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Bolton2696112933-433
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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