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Fulham 1-2 Ipswich Town

Freddie Sears
Freddie Sears (right) and Brett Pitman (left) scored Ipswich's goals

Freddie Sears scored in the opening 16 seconds as Ipswich made it seven games without a win for Fulham.

The visitors took an early lead in the Championship game when Sears ran at Fulham's defence from the kick-off and fired home from the edge of the box.

The Cottagers were level when Ross McCormack struck a fantastic 30-yard free-kick into the bottom-left corner.

But Ipswich scored the winner in the second half when Brett Pitman steered home Sears' cross.

Town remain sixth in the table, with Fulham - the top scorers in the division with 34 goals despite being held scoreless on Tuesday night - staying 17th.

It was the second game in charge for Cottagers senior coach Stuart Gray, after their 2-2 draw with Brentford, as the club continue to look for a new manager following Kit Symons' departure in November.

Fulham had chances to level with substitute Matt Smith heading just wide, but at the other end Sears put a shot just wide for Ipswich.

After that chance, the hosts never looked like forcing a late equaliser.

Fulham senior coach Stuart Gray: "We can't control the decision upstairs. Our focus is on winning games. I can't fault the players' application. At the moment nothing has been said. I will be preparing the players until told otherwise.

"What has been happening at this club far too often this season is going a goal down. You don't expect to concede after 16 seconds.

"We need to work hard on the training ground. The players know they let themselves down."

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: "Brett deserves all the credit as he has not trained since Saturday. He's had root canal treatment and travelled on the bus with a splitting headache and toothache. He's had difficulty sleeping but he epitomised my team's performance with the way he went about things.

"It was a great away performance. We played very well, deserved to win but we let them off the hook a bit.

"It was a fabulous finish by Freddie for the first as he was at full pelt so to be as calm as he was and find his finish was great. It would take most people more than 16 seconds to run the length of the pitch. He's been terrific all season."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2Richards
  • 5Stearman
  • 33Burn
  • 13Ream
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forWoodrowat 76'minutes
  • 23O'HaraSubstituted forHyndmanat 66'minutes
  • 10CairneySubstituted forSmithat 67'minutes
  • 3Garbutt
  • 25Dembele
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 4Hutchinson
  • 7Fredericks
  • 9Smith
  • 12Lewis
  • 16Woodrow
  • 18Pringle
  • 28Hyndman

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forParrat 89'minutes
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forBruat 45'minutes
  • 22Douglas
  • 20Sears
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forMalarczykat 71'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 2Parr
  • 14Fraser
  • 15Oar
  • 16Coke
  • 17Bru
  • 21Malarczyk
  • 33Bialkowski
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
15,245

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away9

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

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Parr replaces Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Dan Burn.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Freddie Sears.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jazz Richards with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Piotr Malarczyk replaces Brett Pitman.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tim Ream with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough21134430121843
2Brighton211110031201143
3Derby21118232131941
4Hull20115429131638
5Burnley219842620635
6Ipswich219753128334
7Cardiff218942722533
8Birmingham218672623330
9Sheff Wed217952826230
10Brentford218583030029
11Blackburn2161052218428
12QPR217772627-128
13Reading207672623327
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston2151061717025
17Fulham215883437-323
18Leeds205871822-423
19Huddersfield2156102230-821
20MK Dons2154121728-1119
21Bristol City2147102037-1719
22Charlton2146111934-1518
23Rotherham2143142238-1615
24Bolton21110101631-1513
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