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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."

Line-ups

Ipswich

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

Substitutes

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

Burnley

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

Substitutes

  • 15Taylor
  • 17Sordell
  • 18Hennings
  • 19Jutkiewicz
  • 22Gilks
  • 23Ward
  • 34Anderson
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
18,353

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Burnley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Burnley 0.

Booking

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

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

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

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Burnley).

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

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

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.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Giles Coke.

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

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Matthew Taylor (Burnley).

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

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

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

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

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.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Kightly.

Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Matthew Taylor replaces David Jones.

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen with a headed pass.

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Jones.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Burnley 0. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Mee.

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

Foul by Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley).

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

Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Lukas Jutkiewicz replaces Sam Vokes.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Burnley 0. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich32106337
2Brighton32104227
3MK Dons32015236
4Middlesbrough31204135
5Charlton31203125
6Preston31201015
7Brentford21106424
8Hull21103124
9Birmingham21104314
10Wolves21103214
11Nottm Forest31112204
12Sheff Wed21013213
13Cardiff30304403
14Derby30302203
15Leeds20201102
16Blackburn302134-12
17Burnley302135-22
18Huddersfield302124-22
19Fulham201123-11
20Reading201112-11
21QPR201124-21
22Rotherham301226-41
23Bolton301204-41
24Bristol City200226-40
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