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

Sky Bet Championship 2015-16

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manager: Chris Hughton

Amex Stadium 19:45

Attendance: 27,689 (Town 1752)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3636


 Daryl Murphy (32)


Tomer HemedBobby Zamora (64)
Beram KayalJames Wilson (64)
Jamie MurphyElvis Manu (76)


 Inigo Calderon (81)
 Kevin Bru (33)



David Stockdale

Bruno Grau

Connor Goldson

Lewis Dunk

Inigo Calderon

Dale Stephens

Andrew Crofts

Beram Kayal

Rajiv vanLaParra

Tomer Hemed

Jamie Murphy



Niki Maenpaa

Jake Forster-Caskey

Elvis Manu

James Wilson

Rohan Ince

Bobby Zamora

Adam Chicksen

Match Report

Seagulls winless run continues as Daryl Murphy fires the Tractor Boys to vital victory

Mick McCarthy made it five successive away victories in a row for Ipswich by beating Brighton to match a club record set by Sir Bobby Robson in 1976.

Daryl Murphy scored the only goal of the match, capitalising on a huge error from Brighton's Lewis Dunk who let a simple pass slip under his foot and allowed the striker to run through on goal and finish off the left post.

'Did Bobby get six?' McCarthy asked afterwards before being told Robson's side were unable to reach that mark, leaving him the chance to break the 39-year record when they travel to Burnley on Saturday. 'Well, wouldn't it be lovely to beat it,' he added. 'It's a tough ask.'

Ipswich's Kevin Bru hit the woodwork twice in the first half, but Brighton did so either side of the break, too. Dale Stephens directed the ball on target with a deft flick between his legs, but Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken managed to tip the effort on to the crossbar. Jamie Murphy put in the rebound, but was deemed offside.

'From what I've seen so far, the goal we scored shouldn't have been disallowed, it's frustrating,' Brighton manager Chris Hughton said. Bobby Zamora came off the bench in the second half and his first-time shot from Bruno's long pass beat Gerken but not he bar.

The first occasion came in the 15th minute for the visitors. Brighton defender Connor Goldson cleared weakly straight to Bru, who set the ball slightly with his left foot, let it bounce a couple of times before hitting it with his right from 25 yards. The ball beat flapping Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale, but came crashing back off the crossbar.

Another 15 minutes passed and Brighton took their turn. Tomer Hemed beat an Ipswich defender on the right and sent in a low ball which Stephens flicked instinctively on target between his legs, only to watch in disbelief as Gerken pulled off a superb stop and divert it on to the crossbar.

On 32 minutes, however, Ipswich took the lead, this time finding the right side of the woodwork. Dunk let the pass straight through to Murphy, who raced towards goal and, unperturbed by the determination of the goalposts to keep it out so far in the match, finished off the left upright.

The left post was not happy, but made amends six minutes later, denying Ipswich again when Murphy passed into the box from the left and Bru got a first-time shot away only to see it come back out.

The upright continued to prove a steely nemesis in the second half. Hughton's side controlled more of the possession after the break but, with his side creating little, had the luxury of sending on Zamora, with his wealth of Premier League experience, and Manchester United loanee James Wilson.

Zamora was the next to be defeated by the goal frame, on 75 minutes, beating Gerken with a deft shot from Bruno's long ball into the box but not the crossbar, so Ipswich's run continues.

Sam Cunningham (Daily Mail)

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