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Brentford 1-0 Ipswich Town

Neal Maupay
Neal Maupay scored his 12th goal of the season to give Brentford victory over Ipswich

Brentford kept their slim Championship play-off hopes alive with victory over Ipswich at Griffin Park.

Neal Maupay converted a second-half penalty to seal all three points for the home side after Jonas Knudsen felled Sergi Canos inside the area.

Ipswich finished without Luke Chambers, who was unable to continue after clashing with Bartosz Bialkowski.

Defeat left Mick McCarthy's side winless in six games, having failed to score in five of those matches.

Ipswich had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time, but the referee had blown for handball before Dylan Connolly bundled home.

Brentford nearly took the lead in the first half when Yoann Barbet's strike deflected off Maupay to fly on target, but Bialkowski turned the danger behind.

Barbet then found Romaine Sawyers with a quick free-kick through the middle, only for the midfielder to pull his shot wide from 15 yards.

Victory kept Brentford within five points of the play-off places and extended their unbeaten run to five games.

Brentford manager Dean Smith:

"All we can do is concentrate on our own game and see where it takes us. We certainly won't be throwing the towel in, but we might need a few favours.

"That was as difficult a game as we have had this season. They made it very tough for us by going man for man which made it hard to get our passing game going, but you always expect that from a Mick McCarthy side.

"We had to work extremely hard to get time and space on the ball and when we did get it down we were loose and didn't use it well.

"But this is possibly a game we wouldn't have won earlier in the season. We had to dog it out and I thought we did that."

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk:

"I don't think it's a penalty. Jonas has got his arm up but he's only protecting him - he's gone flying. I'm feeling a bit sore about that, to be honest.

"We had chances as well towards the end. They've not had any real chances.

"We could have been better with the ball when we won it back - that's probably been our Achilles' heel - but overall I'm pleased with our performance."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Egan
  • 33Mepham
  • 29Barbet
  • 12MokotjoSubstituted forYennarisat 66'minutes
  • 10McEachranBooked at 51minsSubstituted forMarcondesat 74'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forCanosat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Maupay
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 5Bjelland
  • 8Yennaris
  • 17Marcondes
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 47Canos

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 27Carter-VickersBooked at 17mins
  • 4ChambersSubstituted forKenlockat 24'minutesSubstituted forCelinaat 75'minutes
  • 6Webster
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 72mins
  • 16ConnollyBooked at 51mins
  • 22NydamSubstituted forWardat 73'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 20Sears
  • 9Waghorn

Substitutes

  • 11Celina
  • 18Ward
  • 24Crowe
  • 25Gleeson
  • 30Kenlock
  • 32Carayol
  • 34Folami
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
10,939

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Ipswich Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town).

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by John Egan.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

  6. Booking

    Sergi Canos (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

  8. Post update

    Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jordan Spence.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

  11. Post update

    Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Ollie Watkins tries a through ball, but Neal Maupay is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bersant Celina with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Watkins (Brentford).

  19. Post update

    Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

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