- Connor Goldson makes his full Albion debut
- Daryl Murphy scores the winner for Ipswich
- Albion remain fourth in the Championship
- Brighton are beaten in back-to-back home games
Brighton & Hove Albion remain fourth in the Sky Bet Championship after a narrow 1-0 defeat to fellow promotion chasers Ipswich Town at the Amex.LOTTERY RESULTS
Daryl Murphy’s seventh goal of the season was enough to secure all three points for the Tractor Boys, as Albion succumbed to back-to-back home defeats.
Chris Hughton made two changes to the side that drew 0-0 with Brentford, Connor Goldson replaced the injured Gordon Greer to make his full Albion debut,and Andrew Crofts came in for James Wilson who dropped to the bench.
After a cagey opening ten minutes, the Seagulls created their first opening when Bruno almost fed in Tomer Hemed, but Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken was out quickly to retrieve the ball.
Beram Kayal took aim from distance, but skewed his long-range strike wide of the right post.
Kevin Bru came close for Ipswich with a volley from just outside the box which skimmed the top of the crossbar.
Rajiv van La Parra weaved his way into the Ipswich defence from the left flank and saw his rasping shot saved by Gerken.
Albion thought they had broken the deadlock just before the half-hour mark; Hemed’s superb run and cross set up a chance for Dale Stephens, whose audacious back-heeled effort was tipped onto the crossbar and Jamie Murphy tapped home the rebound.
But assistant referee Daniel Leach disallowed the strike with Murphy judged to have been in an offside position.
It was the Tractor Boys that struck first just moments later though, as Daryl Murphy raced past Lewis Dunk and clinically dispatched his shot in off the far post.
Ryan Fraser was a constant threat for Ipswich during the first half and his dangerous delivery into the box was met by Bru, whose close-range strike hit the post.
Some quick thinking by David Stockdale almost set up Jamie Murphy for an equaliser, as the Scotsman latched onto his long ball but Gerken was quick to thwart the winger.
Goldson fed in Murphy down the left-hand side for Albion’s first chance in the second half, but Gerken made a good reaction save at his near post.
The Tractor Boys had a chance to double their advantage after Fraser’s ball across the area was met by Johnathan Douglas, but Stockdale was out quickly to gather the ball.
Hughton brought on both Wilson and Bobby Zamora to add fresh impetus to Albion’s attack, with the latter almost making an immediate impact to set up Murphy one on one with Gerken, but the linesman’s flag was raised.
Once again, Van la Parra made inroads into the Ipswich defence from the left-hand side, but his subsequent effort was drilled wide of the left post.
The Dutchman had another opportunity to restore parity to the score-line, but his cross-shot Gerken tipped away his shot from the far corner.
Zamora came within inches of bringing the Seagulls back into the game after being picked out by Bruno inside the box, only to see his effort cannon off the woodwork.
Substitute Elvis Manu showed determination to outmuscle Town defender Tommy Smith in the closing stages, but his looping shot went narrowly over the bar and Ipswich claimed all three points.
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