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Ipswich Town (1) 3 - 1 (0) Newcastle United

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Monday, April 17, 2017

Referee: Tim Robinson

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 25,684 (Away 1952)

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Match Number: 3706


 Freddie Sears (42)
 David McGoldrick (69)
 Emyr Huws (90)
 Daryl Murphy (62)


Isaac HaydenYoan Gouffran (61)
DeAndre YedlinJesus Gamez (78)
Matt RitchieAleksandar Mitrovic (82)


 David McGoldrick (60)
 Tom Lawrence (65)
 Isaac Hayden (50)



Karl Darlow

DeAndre Yedlin

Jamaal Lascelles

Grant Hanley

Paul Dummett

Christian Atsu

Jonjo Shelvey

Isaac Hayden

Matt Ritchie

Mohamed Diame

Daryl Murphy



Rob Elliot

Jack Colback

Ayoze Perez

Chancel Mbemba

Yoan Gouffran

Jesus Gamez

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Match Report

Rafa Benitez's side continue bout of promotion jitters

Supporters from both sides joined to pay pre-match tribute to Sir Bobby Robson, but Rafa Benitez knows the damaging defeat that followed puts Newcastle in danger of adding an unwanted chapter to the club's history.

Daryl Murphy, the striker bought from Ipswich for £3million last summer, netted his sixth Newcastle goal to make it 1-1 but it was Mick McCarthy's mid-table hosts who went on to win it, with David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws adding to Freddie Sears' opener.

That made it just two wins in the last eight games for Newcastle - at home to relegation-threatened Wigan and Burton; a poor haul from a side that were overwhelming pre-season favourites for the title, not just promotion.

Benitez's side remain in second spot but now trail Chris Hughton's Brighton by seven points and the clubs below are in better form and must regard Newcastle as wounded prey able to be caught. Missing out on promotion would be a collapse of Devon Loch proportions.

Seven years ago Hughton was in charge of Newcastle, who clinched promotion back to the Premier League on Easter Monday. Now it is Hughton's Brighton who have the champagne on order and deservedly so.

Newcastle had thrown away two points on Good Friday by gifting Leeds a late equaliser and looked wracked by nerves in this one, allowing themselves to be dictated to by opponents who had been mediocre all season.

"I am concerned about the change in the team in terms of the performance against Leeds and today," Benitez said. "We have to change and improve a lot. I thought we were ready but it turns out we were not focused or mentally ready. It's difficult to explain but that was the reality.

"We made a lot of mistakes and we are paying for that, massive mistakes that normally we were not doing.

"We have to analyse what is wrong and change quickly. I am not going to blame players here but they know what I told them at half-time and the end.

"We have played so many good games this season. Now we have to play at the level we had before."

Brighton have had plenty of play-off near misses but Benitez admitted those experiences had helped shaped this season.

"This is the fifth time that they are in this position," he said. "Simple."

Ipswich celebrate the life of Sir Bobby, who died in 2009, every season and naturally chose the visit of the other club he loved.

"It was a great tribute to Sir Bobby and Lady Elsie was here and all the family," said manager Mick McCarthy. "I'm not sure which side he'd be on but he must have favoured us today."

McCarthy also had some harsher words for the supporters who cheered this victory having booed constantly throughout a dour season.

"That's because we have been s---," he said of those toxic atmospheres. "But it's not been helped by a s--- atmosphere as well. It cuts both ways doesn't it?

"When we were struggling and could have got relegated the crowd would have been part of that if it happened."

Jon West (The Telegraph)

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