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Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders
Sam Saunders sets Brentford on their way to a comfortable win at Ipswich

Brentford lost Alan Judge to a broken leg as they all but ended the play-off hopes of 10-man Ipswich Town.

Midfielder Judge was carried off on a stretcher with his right leg in a brace after a second-minute tackle for which midfielder Luke Hyam was booked.

Sam Saunders put the Bees ahead before Hyam was sent off in first-half injury time, reacting to Ryan Woods' tackle.

Lasse Vibe scored twice in five minutes, with Liam Feeney's late strike for Ipswich a consolation.

A Brentford statement read: "Alan has now been transferred to a London hospital where he will be managed by the leading lower limb consultant in the country.

"The nature of his management and long-term prognosis cannot be speculated on at this time.

"However, it should be stated that a full recovery is not in question."

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich have now won only once in seven games, leaving them eight points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Brentford's win was their first at Portman Road, and first against Ipswich on any ground since 1955.

Judge, who could now be a major doubt for the Republic of Ireland squad at this summer's European Championship, was given oxygen in a near 10-minute delay following Hyam's challenge.

His replacement, Konstantin Kerschbaumer, set up the opener after half an hour, dispossessing Cole Skuse in midfield - Ipswich's claims for a free-kick were waived away - before passing to Saunders, who swept home.

Ipswich's prospects were further dented in first-half injury time when Hyam reacted badly to Woods' tackle, and his push resulted in a red card.

In the second half, Brentford made the extra man count, as Vibe scored his fourth and fifth goals in the past three games.

The first came via a deft header from a Maxime Colin cross and the second four minutes later, Vibe winning the ball from Christophe Berra before slotting beyond Bartosz Bialkowski.

Freddie Sears missed a golden chance to reduce the arrears when he blazed wide from close range, but the Tractor Boys halted a run of three games without scoring when Feeney finished calmly from David McGoldrick's pass for his first Ipswich goal.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"Anything that could go wrong went wrong. I am disappointed that Dean felt it should be a red. I didn't even think it was a yellow.

"But I do feel very sorry for Judgy. He is a great kid and a lovely player. The injury actually affected us more than them and especially Luke Hyam as his game is about winning tackles.

"Luke apologised. He is sicker than any of us. I was going to take him off at half-time and in hindsight I should have taken him off sooner."

Brentford boss Dean Smith:

"Alan Judge has gone to hospital and I am just hoping it is not as bad as I fear. I heard something but I am hoping it was a shinpad rather than the crack of a bone. It was a naughty tackle and should have been a red card.

"We have had a tough run of injuries lately so to win again and score three goals again is pleasing. Even when it was eleven against eleven, we always looked the most likely to score.

"I am proud of my players for keeping their discipline and then creating good opportunities in the second half."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 44Foley
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forDouglasat 45'minutes
  • 19HyamBooked at 45mins
  • 8Skuse
  • 15PringleSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 45'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 42VarneyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forFeeneyat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 5Smith
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 11Pitman
  • 12Feeney
  • 17Bru
  • 22Douglas

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 29Barbet
  • 3Bidwell
  • 47CanosSubstituted forGogiaat 74'minutes
  • 12McCormack
  • 15WoodsBooked at 45mins
  • 7SaundersSubstituted forHoganat 82'minutes
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forKerschbaumerat 8'minutes
  • 21Vibe

Substitutes

  • 9Hogan
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 22O'Connell
  • 24Gogia
  • 36Clarke
  • 38Ferry
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
18,845

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 3. Liam Feeney (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

    Liam Feeney (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

  10. Post update

    Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Akaki Gogia (Brentford).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen with a through ball.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

  17. Post update

    Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Scott Hogan replaces Sam Saunders.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Konstantin Kerschbaumer following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Akaki Gogia.

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