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Ipswich Town 0-2 Fulham

Chris Martin
Martin is on loan at Fulham from Championship rivals Derby

Fulham continued their rise towards the Championship play-off places with a comfortable victory at Ipswich Town.

On-loan striker Chris Martin put the visitors in front with a well-struck free-kick from 25 yards.

Substitute Ragnar Sigurdsson then headed in Stefan Johansen's corner after the break to make it 2-0, leaving Fulham seventh in the table.

Mick McCarthy's side, who have only won once in their last five league games, were booed off at full-time.

Floyd Ayite and Martin both had early chances to give the hosts the lead before the latter curled in a direct free-kick for his eighth goal of the season.

Sone Aluko went close to making it 2-0 before David Button did well to prevent Michael Madl heading into his own net at the other end.

Ayite then had several chances to add a second after the break - first, he saw a shot from a tight angle saved by Bartosz Bialkowski, before missing from close range when unmarked and then firing straight at the Town keeper when through on goal.

But Slavisa Jokanovic's side finally claimed a deserved second when Sigurdsson diverted Johansen's corner into the net.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were well beaten by a much better team with better players on the day.

"I can't take any criticism away from us as we weren't particularly good. It would be easy for me to blame my players but we tried our best, as we always do, but they were better than us.

"We could have been beaten by more and we now need to pull together - we all need to do better.

"I fully understand the fans' reaction. I much prefer them to shout 'super Mick' but I have no complaints about it."

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic:

"It has been a great day for us. I am very happy with how we played, it has been a very good Boxing Day for us. This is a very important three points in our fight towards our target.

"It was another clean sheet and we dominated the game to the end. Ipswich didn't get a shot on target which was good news for us.

"I know what the target of this club is and what our supporters want, but I prefer to think about the next game."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 15Webster
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 20Sears
  • 22Douglas
  • 8Skuse
  • 23DozzellSubstituted forBestat 45'minutes
  • 27LawrenceBooked at 69mins
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forMcGoldrickat 45'minutesBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 9Best
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 17Bru
  • 18Ward
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 30Kenlock

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 15Madl
  • 13Ream
  • 3Malone
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 64mins
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forParkerat 90'minutes
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forR Sigurdssonat 65'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 11AyitéSubstituted forPiazonat 83'minutes
  • 25Martin

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 7Kebano
  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 20Piazon
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
19,723

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home3
Away15
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 2.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Christophe Berra tries a through ball, but Luke Chambers is caught offside.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Scott Malone.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Stefan Johansen.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.

Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Floyd Ayité.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 2. Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Denis Odoi.

Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).

Adam Webster (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.

Booking

Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.

Foul by Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham).

Leon Best (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ragnar Sigurdsson replaces Sone Aluko.

Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leon Best (Ipswich Town).

Booking

Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

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

goal

As It Stood

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