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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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Bruno.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Connor Goldson.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Daryl Murphy.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Booking

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Brett Pitman replaces Ryan Fraser.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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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