Championship
FulhamFulham1IpswichIpswich Town2
Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy
Ipswich's former Sunderland and Celtic striker Daryl Murphy is enjoying his most prolific season

Striker Daryl Murphy scored twice to take his tally for the season to 21 as Ipswich moved to within two points of the automatic promotion spots.

The in-form striker, 31, headed Ipswich in front from a fifth-minute Jay Tabb corner and then curled in another to make it 2-0 just before half-time.

Ross McCormack tapped in his 12th goal of the season 16 minutes from time as Fulham threatened a comeback.

But Christophe Berra almost added a third for Ipswich.

With Championship leaders Bournemouth only drawing and Middlesbrough and Derby both in FA Cup action, Ipswich capitalised with a first away win in three attempts.

Murphy made it three goals in four games as his header sneaked past Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli and just inside the far post.

But Bettinelli had no chance when Murphy doubled the visitors' lead in the final minute of the first half, collecting a pass from Tyrone Mings before calmly locating the bottom corner.

Fulham improved after the break with Hugo Rodallega heading just over the bar before they were gifted a goal.

Ipswich defender Tommy Smith failed to deal with a cross from Konstantinos Stafylidis and McCormack was left with a simple finish from eight yards out to claim his 12th goal of the season.

However, Fulham were unable to build on that and Berra was denied another goal for Ipswich by a goal-line clearance from Stafylidis as the Cottagers' winless run stretched to six games.

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 29Richards
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8Parker
  • 21ChristensenSubstituted forWoodrowat 64'minutes
  • 19TunnicliffeBooked at 89mins
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forRobertsat 85'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forRuizat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 10Ruiz
  • 12Fofana
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 33Burn
  • 37Grimmer

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6BerraBooked at 59mins
  • 3Mings
  • 27BishopSubstituted forAndersonat 76'minutes
  • 8SkuseBooked at 83mins
  • 17BruBooked at 80mins
  • 18TabbSubstituted forParrat 45+1'minutes
  • 20SearsSubstituted forHuntat 68'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 11Anderson
  • 12Hunt
  • 16Hunt
  • 24Connolly
  • 28Clarke
  • 35Kenny
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
19,816

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 1, Ipswich Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Ipswich Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Noel Hunt went off injured after Ipswich Town had used all subs.

  5. Post update

    Shaun Hutchinson went off injured after Fulham had used all subs.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) with an attempt from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  10. Booking

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

  12. Post update

    Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

  15. Post update

    Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Noel Hunt (Ipswich Town).

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.