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Ipswich Town (0) 0 - 1 (0) Derby County

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Referee: Keith Hill

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 20,161 (Away 1313)

Manager: Paul Clement

Match Number: 3634


 Tom Ince (40)


Johnny RussellAndreas Weimann (78)
Jacob ButterfieldJeff Hendrick (82)
Tom InceChris Baird (90)


 Jacob Butterfield (75)
 Tom Ince (80)



Lee Grant

Cyrus Christie

Richard Keogh

Jason Shackell

Stephen Warnock

Jacob Butterfield

George Thorne

Bradley Johnson

Tom Ince

Chris Martin

Johnny Russell



Jonathan Mitchell

Jeff Hendrick

Darren Bent

Chris Baird

Alex Pearce

Andreas Weimann

Ryan Shotton

Match Report

Ipswich 0 Derby 1

Tom Ince's fourth goal in five days saw Derby beat Ipswich to move up to second in the Championship.

Having scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Bristol City on Tuesday, Ince struck again on 40 minutes after being put through on goal by Johnny Russell.

Ipswich had chances to equalise, with Daryl Murphy and Jonathan Douglas both going close with headers.

But Derby held on to move a point above Brighton, who lost 3-0 at home to leaders Middlesbrough.

Ipswich remain in the final play-off spot, one point ahead of Birmingham City, and Saturday's defeat was their third at home this season, all of them by promotion rivals.

The hosts will feel frustrated to have lost what was a scrappy game in which they had opportunities to find the net.

Freddie Sears had the first real chance of the match, when his low shot was easily saved by Lee Grant.

Bradley Johnson then went close for Derby with a curling shot from 20 yards that went just wide, before Town defender Tommy Smith denied Chris Martin with an excellent block in the area.

George Thorne then blocked a Sears attempt at the other end before Jacob Butterfield saw a long-range shot saved by Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken.

Ince fired the Rams in front after being fed the ball by Russell, who was under pressure from Christophe Berra, when just inside the box and with only Gerken to beat.

Ipswich pressed for an equaliser after half-time with a Sears cross finding Murphy, whose header drifted narrowly over the bar.

Substitute Ryan Fraser's shot from the edge of the box was blocked by Jason Shackell and Douglas went very close to levelling for the hosts when his header at goal was cleared off the line by Butterfield.

Sears also fired wide from a tight angle as Derby held on to extend their unbeaten run to six games.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: "It was a good, closely-fought game with not a lot in it. I have no complaints about the performance, only a few complaints about the goal as we had the ball and it ended up in our goal.

"There were times we could have picked a better pass or had more composure but I'm not going to criticise my players.

"You have to give Derby a lot of credit. If anyone finishes above them and Middlesbrough, I would be very surprised."

Derby head coach Paul Clement: "We had to cope with their aerial onslaught, but I thought our centre-backs were outstanding. It was a proper man's performance and I am absolutely delighted.

"Tom has had a good week and took his goal well. But I am really pleased with his physical effort off the ball. He is a real team player and that is an excellent quality to have.

"This is such a difficult place to come and it was one of our hardest, and most physical, games of the season. It was a massive three points for us."

BBC Sport

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