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

Sky Bet Championship 2016-17

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire)

Manager: Rafael Benitez

St James' Park 15:00

Attendance: 51963 (Town 2700)

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3675

Goals

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 Ayoze Perez (1)
 Ayoze Perez (73)
 Matt Ritchie (78)
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Substitutions

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Yoan GouffranChristian Atsu (75)
Dwight GayleAleksandar Mitrovic (79)
Jonjo ShelveyIsaac Hayden (83)

Cards

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 Jack Colback (27)
 Paul Dummett (86)
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 Jonas Knudsen (41)

Teams

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Karl Darlow

DeAndre Yedlin

Jamaal Lascelles

Ciaran Clark

Paul Dummett

Matt Ritchie

Jack Colback

Jonjo Shelvey

Yoan Gouffran

Ayoze Perez

Dwight Gayle

Substitutes

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Matz Sels

Vurnon Anita

Isaac Hayden

Mohamed Diame

Chancel Mbemba

Christian Atsu

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Match Report

Rafa Benitez's side continue brutal march towards promotion

Nothing will ever be routine in the Championship, but Newcastle United’s march towards promotion is starting to look like a formality after this brutally efficient win over Ipswich Town.

It was Newcastle’s fifth successive victory and, with the exception of a shock 2-0 home defeat to Wolves last month, winning – 12 out of 14 games in all competitions – is pretty much all they have done since the end of August.

Beat Preston North End at home on Tuesday night and the Magpies will also advance into the quarter-final of the League Cup – only their second appearance in the last eight of a domestic cup competition since 2004. The Rafalution is in full effect. Although the Spaniard will not be proclaiming a new order just yet, his opposite number Mick McCarthy insists he already knows who is going to win the division.

“We were beaten by the better team, we were beaten by the champions,” said Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy. “I don’t think I’ll see a better side than that this season, we did well to keep it to 1-0 for 70 minutes to be honest.”

Benitez was more guarded: “We have to keep working hard but it is great that confidence is high. It was easy in the end when you see the result, but not during the game. That is what is we always have to remember.”

Every manager who takes a side to Newcastle will preach the need to keep things tight early on, frustrate the home crowd and, eventually, the home team.

So McCarthy must have been seething when the Magpies scored with their first attack after 60 seconds. Paul Dummett’s cross was flicked on by Yoan Gouffran and an unmarked Ayoze Perez placed a volley into the bottom corner.

Newcastle had plenty of chances to extend their lead. Dwight Gayle put their best one over the bar, while Gouffran and Matt Ritchie both had shot shots deflected wide.

Newcastle also should have had a penalty when Jonjo Shelvey’s brilliant pass was gathered by Gayle, who was clearly brought down by Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, but referee James Adcock ignored the appeals. It was a terrible decision.

Leon Best had hit the bar with Ipswich’s first shot on goal and centre-back Adam Webster also went close after dribbling the length of the pitch, but the visitors offered far too little going forward.

At least they were still in the game at the start of the second half and the home support were starting to get a little restless without the cushion of a two-goal lead.

Ipswich maintained their shape and their defensive resolve, but they continued to lack any incision when they did muster a counter attack, even with David McGoldrick on at half time. It has been a common criticism of McCarthy’s team in this campaign.

Newcastle eventually made the three points safe when Perez swept in his second from a perfect Ritchie cross.

Ritchie has been Newcastle’s best player this season following his £12m move from Bournemouth and he deserved a goal, which came following a one-two with Perez and a sweet left-footed shot.

Luke Edwards (The Telegraph)

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