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Ipswich Town (0) 2 - 0 (0) Burnley

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Referee: S Hooper

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 18,353 (Away 470)

Manager: Sean Dyche

Match Number: 3613

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 Freddie Sears (66)
 David McGoldrick (71)
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Substitutions

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Jelle VossenRouwen Hennings (54)
Sam VokesLukas Jutkiewicz (65)
David JonesMatthew Taylor (76)

Cards

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 Michael Kightly (90)

Teams

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Tom Heaton

Tendayi Darikwa

Mike Duff

Michael Keane

Ben Mee

George Boyd

David Jones

Scott Arfield

Michael Kightly

Sam Vokes

Jelle Vossen

Substitutes

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Matthew Gilks

Matthew Taylor

Marvin Sordell

Rouwen Hennings

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Stephen Ward

Tom Anderson

Match Report

Ipswich 2-0 Burnley: Freddie Sears and David McGoldrick on target as Tractor Boys cruise to win over Clarets

Freddie Sears celebrated his new contract at Ipswich by setting up their charge to the top of the Championship.

The former West Ham striker signed a four-year deal before kick-off and gave Ipswich the lead after a deadlocked first-half.

In the 66th minute 17-year-old winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles, on loan from Arsenal, knocked the ball out to Brett Pitman, who crossed for Sears to fire across Burnley keeper Tom Heaton into the far corner.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was in the crowd and will have been worried to see Cherries winger Ryan Fraser, on loan at Ipswich as part of the deal for Tyrone Mings, limp off after 28 minutes to be replaced by David McGoldrick.

The forced substitution paid off when McGoldrick, whose past two seasons have been plagued by injury, extended the lead in the 70th minute.

But it could have been different if Burnley had taken their chance after just seven minutes when Michael Kightly wriggled past Luke Chambers to shoot.

The defence failed to clear the danger and the rebound fell back to Kightly, whose shot cannoned off a post and into the arms of relieved goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

George Boyd fired over from the edge of the area and Chambers had a shot deflected wide. Sears then shot straight at Heaton shortly after latching on to a mistake by Burnley right back Tendayi Darikwa.

Then in the 66th minute an incisive Ipswich attack culminated with Maitland-Niles feeding Pitman down the right and his low cross was turned in by Sears.

Five minutes later, McGoldrick was allowed a free header and found the bottom corner after Maitland-Niles's deep corner.

Delighted Ipswich boss Mick McCar-thy said: 'I think we are incredibly strong going forward and it is nice to have that strength in depth.

'I am delighted Freddie has signed a long contract. It is thoroughly deserved. It was a good result and a good performance - I am happy with both. It was two very strong, powerful teams, playing good football and it was a case of who blinked first.'

Burnley boss boss Sean Dyche admitted: 'Overall, I thought they deserved it but only after the first goal went in. Before that, we had some good chances and dealt with their threat well.'

Shane McGarvey (Mail Online)

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