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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 2 (1) Brighton & Hove Albion

Coca-Cola Championship 2005-06

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Referee: Iain Williamson

Manager: Joe Royle

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 23,964

Manager: Mark McGhee

Match Number: 3155


 Nicky Forster (90)
 G Noel-Williams (45)
 J Lynch (73)


P ReidA El-Abd (74)
G Noel-WilliamsJ Gatting (83)
C Kazim-RichardsS Carole (88)


 Matt Richards (79)
 Jason DeVos (87)
 P McShane (30)
 K Mayo (33)
 G Hart (42)
 C Kazim-Richards (88)



W Henderson

G Hart

G Butters

P McShane

J Lynch

P Reid

D Hammond

R Carpenter

K Mayo

C Kazim-Richards

G Noel-Williams



R Martin

S Carole

A Frutos

A El-Abd

J Gatting

Match Report

Brighton keep hopes alive

Brighton and Hove Albion survived to fight another day after deservedly snaffling three points from Ipswich, whose season, with the play-offs already well out of reach, is ending on a whimper.

With no fixed abode in Sussex and virtually no squad-strengthening funds, the battling spirit that Mark McGhee's side showed was commendable and in the elusive Colin Kazim-Richards they had easily the outstanding performer on the day.

Able to play without fear, Ipswich should have been able to produce the more considered football early on and so it proved. The first clearcut opening, in fact, came within three minutes when Darren Currie sent a volley dipping viciously just wide. Almost immediately Danny Haynes cut the ball back from the opposite flank but no team-mate was quick-witted enough to take advantage.

Not that the home side had it all their own way. Paul Reid, Albion's Australian midfielder, forced Shane Supple to make a fine save with his legs and Kerry Mayo was unable to get a clean shot in as the loose ball arrived at his feet.

Matt Richards had the travelling fans' nerves jangling again with a volley that matched Currie's for power but was also a yard off target.

In first-half stoppage time Kazim-Richards fed the ball through to Gifton Noel-Williams and the striker, on loan from Burnley, belied his strapping physique by spinning smartly to drill it low past Supple.

With confidence restored, Kazim-Richards embarked on another penetrating run just after the re-start, culminating in a near-post drive that embedded itself in the side-netting. Ipswich supporters, having seen their team lose 4-1 at home to Stoke the week before, were seeing their campaign fizzle out before their eyes.

Even so, it took a brilliant goal-line clearance by Paul McShane to prevent Haynes equalising after a defence-splitting through ball from substitute Nicky Forster. A minute later Noel-Williams thundered a drive against an upright at the other end and, from the corner that followed after the ball was scrambled away, Reid chipped over a cross that Supple failed to collect and Joel Lynch netted scrappily from close range. It was not at all pretty but the 18-year-old defender could not have registered a more crucial strike.

Just when Brighton thought they could relax a little, Alan Lee's back-header set up Forster to nod in and narrow the deficit with a minute to go. Suddenly it was hoof-it-anywhere time but the panic seemed to spread to Ipswich captain Jason de Vos, who presented Joe Gatting with an ideal chance to restore Brighton's two-goal cushion but he scuffed his shot wide.

Steve Thomson (Daily Telegraph)

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