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Ipswich Town 2-0 Burnley

Jonas Knudsen and George Boyd
Ipswich defender Jonas Knudsen challenges Burnley midfielder George Boyd

Ipswich Town went top of the Championship as goals from Freddie Sears and David McGoldrick were enough to beat Burnley at Portman Road.

Sears celebrated signing a new contract by opening the scoring in the second half from Brett Pitman's low cross.

Strike partner McGoldrick doubled the advantage minutes later with a header from an Ainsley Maitland-Niles corner.

Michael Kightly struck a post early on for Burnley after his initial shot had rebounded off team-mate Jelle Vossen.

Sears netted his second goal in as many games as Mick McCarthy's side had to wait until midway through the second half before breaking the deadlock.

The 24-year-old had earlier tested Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton with a low shot across goal in the first half.

Kightly and Vossen combined for Burnley's best chances in the opening 45 minutes, first as Kightly hit the woodwork and again when Vossen's first-time shot was palmed away by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Michael Keane was denied a late consolation for the visitors when Bialkowski pushed away his unmarked header from Kightly's corner.

On-loan Ipswich winger Ryan Fraser was replaced by McGoldrick after only 28 minutes with an apparent knee injury.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"I think we're incredibly strong going forward and it's nice to have that strength in depth. I'm delighted Freddie has signed a long contract.

"It's thoroughly deserved and reflects his status at the club.

"It was a good result and a good performance - I am happy with both. It was two very strong, powerful teams, playing good football and it was a case of who blinked first.

"Eighteen months ago, we shaded it against them but they won thanks to a great bit of quality from Scott Arfield. Tonight we showed that, especially with Freddie's goal."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"When you lose a number of big players, it's hard to expect it not to have an effect. It's about limiting that effect and rebuilding.

"Tonight's match was a reminder of the different challenges in the Championship.

"Overall, I thought they deserved it but only after the first goal went in.

"Before that, we had some good chances and dealt with their threat well. There was not a lot in it, but the opening goal changed everything."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forCokeat 84'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 22Douglas
  • 14FraserSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 28'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forPitmanat 45'minutes
  • 20Sears


  • 1Gerken
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 11Pitman
  • 16Coke
  • 18Tabb
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 39Toure


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Heaton
  • 27Darikwa
  • 4Duff
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 21Boyd
  • 14JonesSubstituted forTaylorat 77'minutes
  • 37Arfield
  • 11KightlyBooked at 90mins
  • 9VokesSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 66'minutes
  • 10VossenSubstituted forHenningsat 55'minutes


  • 15Taylor
  • 17Sordell
  • 18Hennings
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 34Anderson
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Burnley 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Burnley 0.

  3. Booking

    Michael Kightly (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Burnley).

  7. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Giles Coke.

  11. Post update

    Rouwen Hennings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Taylor (Burnley).

  14. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Giles Coke replaces Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Kightly.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).