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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Ipswich Town

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy had not scored for Ipswich since 28 November

Ipswich cemented their position in the play-off places as Brighton failed to win for a fifth successive match.

Daryl Murphy gave Ipswich the lead as the Irishman pounced on Lewis Dunk's mistake and fired in off the post for his first goal since 28 November.

Brighton's Jamie Murphy had an effort disallowed just before the goal, while Town's Kevin Bru twice hit the woodwork in the first half.

Substitute Bobby Zamora hit the bar for Albion in the second period.

The win took Ipswich four points clear of seventh-placed Sheffield Wednesday, while long-time Championship leaders Brighton are fourth, five points behind leaders Middlesbrough.

Ipswich showed their attacking intent early on as Bru hit the bar with a long-range effort after 15 minutes, while Brighton's Murphy was denied by an offside flag after Dean Gerken had saved Dale Stephens' close-range effort.

Ipswich went ahead soon afterwards as Dunk was caught in possession, allowing Daryl Murphy to score from a tight angle, and Town could have doubled their lead when Bru hit the post before half-time.

Brighton brought on Zamora and fellow striker James Wilson in a bid to find the net, but Chris Hughton's side have now gone three league games without a goal.

Zamora came closest to equalising but his effort from Bruno's cross cannoned off the crossbar.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

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Chris Hughton: Brighton boss after defeat by Ipswich

"We are going through a difficult period. We are finding it hard.

"We've hit a few problems and have generally worked around it, but we need to show we're good enough to get through this.

"The injuries have made it difficult, yes, but we don't want to use it as an excuse. Middlesbrough were a good side when they came here, but we should have got something tonight."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"I thought we had an opportunity. Brighton have lost a few players and we were playing them at a good time because we have been playing well.

"I thought we were the better team to be honest. Our keeper Dean Gerken didn't make a lot of saves. We had the better chances, whereas Brighton had the ball percentage.

"It's tough to get a run of away wins and we've got Burnley on Saturday - a tough ask, but we'll see.

"It's not realistic for us to catch Middlesbrough and Derby and I don't think automatic promotion is realistic. But we will be trying like hell to catch them."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 14CalderonBooked at 82mins
  • 6Stephens
  • 8Crofts
  • 7KayalSubstituted forWilsonat 65'minutes
  • 27van La Parra
  • 10HemedSubstituted forZamoraat 65'minutes
  • 15MurphySubstituted forManuat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 19Manu
  • 21Wilson
  • 24Ince
  • 25Zamora
  • 28Chicksen

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 22Douglas
  • 8Skuse
  • 17BruBooked at 34minsSubstituted forHyamat 53'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 9MurphySubstituted forVarneyat 86'minutes
  • 14FraserSubstituted forPitmanat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Pitman
  • 15Oar
  • 18Tabb
  • 19Hyam
  • 21Malarczyk
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 42Varney
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
27,689

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 1.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

Hand ball by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Hand ball by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Zamora.

Attempt missed. Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rajiv van La Parra with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Daryl Murphy.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.

Attempt missed. Elvis Manu (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bruno following a fast break.

Booking

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Elvis Manu replaces Jamie Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Brett Pitman replaces Ryan Fraser.

Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Bobby Zamora (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bobby Zamora tries a through ball, but Jamie Murphy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. James Wilson replaces Beram Kayal.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Bobby Zamora replaces Tomer Hemed.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan Fraser.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ryan Fraser.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Beram Kayal following a set piece situation.

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough23154434122249
2Derby24139237152248
3Hull24135634171744
4Brighton24111123124744
5Burnley24118534231141
6Ipswich2411763430440
7Sheff Wed249963528736
8Brentford2410683633336
9Birmingham2410682826236
10Cardiff2481062926334
11Wolves248793132-131
12Leeds2471072527-231
13Reading2486102928130
14Nottm Forest247982423130
15QPR247982931-230
16Blackburn2361072220228
17Preston2461081921-228
18Fulham246994042-227
19Huddersfield2467112836-825
20MK Dons2464142032-1222
21Rotherham2463152942-1321
22Bristol City2449112243-2121
23Charlton2447132041-2119
24Bolton24211111937-1817
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