Championship
RotherhamRotherham United2IpswichIpswich Town5

Rotherham United 2-5 Ipswich Town

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy was last season's Championship Golden Boot winner with 27 goals

Daryl Murphy's first career hat-trick fired Ipswich to an easy Championship win over struggling Rotherham.

Brett Pitman steered in Kevin Bru's cross before Jonathan Douglas thumped in a 25-yard shot to double the lead.

Murphy pounced on poor defending either side of half-time to make it 4-0, his first goals of the season.

Manchester City loanee Brandon Barker's superb strike and Matt Derbyshire's volley reduced the deficit, but Murphy had the final say with a low finish.

The hosts fell behind early on when poor defending from Paul Green allowed Bru to whip in a cross which Pitman sent into the bottom corner.

It got worse for Green when he was robbed of possession by Douglas, who advanced and planted a low 25-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Millers keeper Lee Camp produced two superb saves, but Murphy made it 3-0 before half-time when more slack defending allowed him to slam home from eight yards.

And just three minutes after the break Murphy capitalised on more generous defending to drill home from an angle.

Debutant Barker cut inside and sent an arrowing shot into the top corner from 20 yards before Derbyshire superbly volleyed home from the edge of the area.

But Murphy completed his hat-trick with a low finish as the Tractor Boys made it four matches unbeaten and consigned rock-bottom United to their fifth defeat in six.

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn:

"It started in the first minute, really tentative, nervous, I don't understand why we needed to play like that.

"We were really negative in midfield, we didn't get close to them, we didn't work hard enough, we didn't do the ugly stuff well.

"The biggest thing for me is the bare minimum the supporters can expect is the effort, the endeavour and whoever comes to play is in a game.

"If we're a little bit short and they're better then you can't get round that. But the goals are so easy, Ipswich haven't had to work hard for their goals."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"It was a great game for us, it should have been better, but I don't know how better a 5-2 victory away from home gets.

"Overall, it was an outstanding performance, we put five in and we could have put another three or four in. We were running riot in the first half.

"I'll enjoy the result and performance, but their two goals could have cost us. I don't like that, we should have been more secure than that."

Line-ups

Rotherham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Camp
  • 16Richardson
  • 20Rawson
  • 4Collins
  • 30ToffoloBooked at 40minsSubstituted forBuxtonat 85'minutes
  • 23ThorpeSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 45'minutes
  • 17Ward
  • 11GreenSubstituted forSmallwoodat 45'minutes
  • 26Barker
  • 9Ward
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 21Collin
  • 22Newell
  • 24Andreu
  • 33Smallwood

Ipswich

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 17BruSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 66'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 22Douglas
  • 20SearsSubstituted forCokeat 81'minutes
  • 9MurphySubstituted forParrat 90'minutes
  • 11Pitman

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 7Maitland-Niles
  • 15Oar
  • 16Coke
  • 21Malarczyk
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 39Toure
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
9,162

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away10
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Rotherham United 2, Ipswich Town 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Rotherham United 2, Ipswich Town 5.

  3. Post update

    Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Parr replaces Daryl Murphy.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Lewis Buxton replaces Harry Toffolo because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Harry Toffolo (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brandon Barker with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Ward.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Giles Coke (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Brett Pitman with a headed pass.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ainsley Maitland-Niles with a cross.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Giles Coke replaces Freddie Sears.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Freddie Sears.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Rotherham United) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Brandon Barker with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.