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Gallery & Report: Brentford 2 Ipswich Town 4 – Town temporarily move top after impressive win

16:01 26 December 2014

Daryl Murphy celebrates scoringhis second at Brentford on Boxing Day

Daryl Murphy celebrates scoringhis second at Brentford on Boxing Day

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Brentford v Ipswich: Ipswich Town’s travelling army of away fans sung ‘we are going up’ throughout the second half of yesterday’s impressive 4-2 win at Brentford.

Mick McCarthy’s men will certainly take some stopping after another ruthless display which saw another high-flying, previously in-form side ruthlessly put to the sword.

First half goals from Daryl Murphy (2) and Paul Anderson put the Blues in firm control against a team who had started the day third in the table following seven wins from eight.

Brentford sub Sam Saunders scored twice in the closing stages but in between that Blues defender Tommy Smith had netted, the ultra-confident Blues now unbeaten in 10 matches heading into Tuesday night’s home game against Charlton.

The previously in-form Bees dominated possession but couldn’t handle Town’s all-action, direct and physical approach, the visitors seizing on second balls and 
showing a clinical edge in front of goal.

McCarthy named an unchanged starting XI following the impressive 2-0 home win over Middlesbrough. Tyrone Mings once again missed out with an infected toe, while Noel Hunt – fit again following a minor knock – replaced Balint Bajner on the bench.

Within 18 seconds of the home side kicking-off, Town, incredibly, had broken the deadlock. Brentford worked the ball backwards, an aimless ball forwards was intercepted by the head of Bishop, Anderson drove forwards into acres of space and slipped a ball into Murphy to lash home on the angle.

The Championship’s leading scorer had taken his tally to the season to 15 – one more than he scored in five years at Sunderland.

With a two-tiered packed away end rocking, and the home fans stunned, Town had a golden opportunity to add a second in the eighth minute. A short corner led to Bishop working the ball out to the left, Smith beat his man and delivered a low cross and, after David McGoldrick cleverly dummied, Jay Tabb fired over from 15 yards out.

Brentford eventually settled following that early body-blow and began to pass the ball about crisply. Town defended solidly though and continued to look a major threat on the counter-attack.

There was a spell of end-to-end action. Town went close when Luke Chambers’ throw-in found Murphy’s feet in the box and he spun to shoot, forcing a good low save from keeper David Button. The Bees went straight down the other end and, after Bartosz Bialkowksi had spilled Jota’s long-range shot, Christophe Berra cleared the loose ball over his own bar.

Town looked the far bigger attacking threat though and it required a fine block by Toumani Diagouraga to stop Bishop’s shot finding its way to goal.

Ipswich’s second arrived in the 21st minute via route one fashion. Jonathan Parr’s long ball over the top left Murphy and centre-back Tony Craig in a direct battle; there was only one winner, the powerful Irishman too strong and quick for his marker, racing away before confidently rounding keeper David Button to score.

Nine minutes later it was 3-0, the home side again guilty of poor play at the back. This time Berra’s big hoof up in the air was poorly controlled and given away in the right-back area, McGoldrick picked out Tabb and his low cross, just missing Murphy at the near post, was converted from close-range by Anderson at the back post.

That’s the way the score stayed until the break, though Ipswich did have chances to extend their advantage further as Brentford continued to leave numerous gaps at the back to exploit. One Anderson driving run ended with a chip that was just too strong for McGoldrick to latch on to, while the offside flag went up, after Tabb had netted, following Chambers’ excellent diagonal ball.

Town started the second half on the front foot. Cole Skuse rolled a free-kick to his left and Murphy’s thunderous low shot was held at the second attempt by Button.

Brentford players soon began to get on each others’ backs. Alan Judge and Alex Pritchard argued over who would take a direct free-kick, the former eventually firing into the wall.

The London side did begin to improve, but Ipswich looked well-organised and solid at the back – Berra in imperious form. The big centre-back – arguably the best in the division at present – stepped in at a crucial moment after Jota had got beyond Parr to drive towards goal, won header after header and generally bossed things at the back.

For a moment it looked like there may be a slightly nervy finish after sub Sam Saunders’ shot took a big deflection off the sliding Noel Hunt to loop over Bartosz Bialkowski in the 80th minute to make it 1-3.

Less than three minutes later, Town made it game, set and match. After Smith’s near post header was cleared off the line by a defender, the ball was worked back into the box and Smith left his marker on their backside with a clever feint before passing the ball into the top corner with supreme confidence.

There was still time for Saunders to score again for Brentford, poking home following a goalmouth scramble, but the damage had been done.

BRENTFORD (4-2-3-1): Button; Odubajo, Craig (cpt), Dean, Bidwell; Diagouraga, Douglas (Toral 65); Jota, Pritchard, Judge (Saunders 76); Gray.

Unused subs: Bonham, Dallas, Smith, Tarkowski, Proschwitz.

IPSWICH TOWN (4-1-2-1-2): Bialkowski; Chambers (cpt), Smith, Berra, Parr; Skuse; Anderson (N.Hunt 64), Tabb (S.Hunt 72); Bishop (Bru 72); Murphy, McGoldrick.

Unused subs: Gerken, Clarke, Ambrose, Sammon.

Attendance: 12,165 (1,680 away)

Referee: Frederick Graham.

48 comments

  • Me again Ab's. Truly sorry but you are completely missing the point (Too much celebrating?). The point you are missing is that 6162 is all PART of history and, as such, is very important and most History is fairly ancient anyway. Something you do not have- yet?

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    BlueArgyll

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • History is part of every club Norwich Abs so Norwich's two League Cup wins and two Division Two and two Division Three Championships at least means your trophy cabinet was not completely empty over the years. But mostly they were forty years plus ago.

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    Kingfisher

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • To bw fair to Abs his comments are always on the friendly banter side and without any malice. It makes a change from "its only Brentford" or repetitive offshore investment drivel that we see from other green and yellow posters, lets keep it in perspective

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    TrueBlue

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • BlueArgyll, Kingfisher made reference to the old league title, which was 1961-62, so I don't think my maths was particularly wayward. As for making comments, Dolly's one about the number of digits I possess was a trifle churlish, but it's Christmas so I am in a forgiving mood. Good luck against Charlton.

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    NorwichAbs

    Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • NorwichAbs. Not interested? Then why make such an inane comment as: "Unfortunately, Kingfisher, not many people under 60 will remember those exploits from way back in last century?" - just 34 years ago! Suggest you learn about life and the part history plays in it before making such comments in future. However, as an open minded football fan I too would consider it good if we both went up, us on top of course, it would be good for East Anglian football and take some of the hype away fom the NorthWest!

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    BlueArgyll

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Wait and see at what happens at the end of the season Cyril? Not so long ago you were saying wait until we're halfway through the season. Excuse the metaphor but it seems like you've moved the goalposts.

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    Captain Slog

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Rod, yes we do have a decent midfield (I was marshalled this morning for some reason and my contribution stopped). BlueArgyll, I also have no interest in whose club is supposedly bigger, just stating that you would expect Norwich to be up there, as a number of commentators have said. I am also getting to the opinion, incredibly, that it would be interesting for us both to go up.

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    NorwichAbs

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • A superb result from a team playing at it's peak. Not a weak link to be seen anywhere. That's two outstanding results with Parr playing for Mings. We shall probably drop a place or two until we play on Tuesday night, then up we go again. A joy to watch this team has become. Would like Mac's luck change a bit and see him pop a few goals away, but he is such a vital component of the team it doesn't really matter. The team revolves around him.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Actually Cyril most people are sick of your negativity and the spiteful disregard you have for ME when the day to day running of the business HE OWNS is clearly none of your business.

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    Craig Warr

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • NorwichAbs. I have no wish to join in this childish, schoolground, discussion equivilent to 'My Dad is stronger than your's' but feel obliged to point out that Norwich is a City (and a very fine one too) while we are a smallish Market Town so you would expect to have a larger football club but it is what you have done with it which is important. Your Club has never been well run even in the days when Ipswich supporters used to travel down by train to support you and that is why, in all the years of your existence, you have never achieved anything of note. However, the point I wish to make is; until you accept that, without a History, there will never be a future!

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    BlueArgyll

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Clouseau, you must be truly thick if you seriously think that anyone could really be bothered to post under two names to you. You must imagine that people are actually interested in your warped opinions. Merry christmas to everyone else.

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    tel

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • telredhotitfc, if you do not want a response from me dont try to have a go at every entry I make just wait until the end of the season and see what happens. Now that bet why would I trust you to pay into a charity when you have had 4 items removed from this site due to your inability to tell the truth. Simples. I await the abuse.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Cyril, if you don't have anything positive or nice to write, don't write it. It's neither clever nor grown up. The fact of the matter is that the Town is having its most successful season for donkey's years, and this is not unconnected with the appointment of what must be one of the canniest managerial teams around. For now, this is something to celebrate. So I shall. Hic. And why are many of those Narch supporters who post on here so ungenerous in spirit? It's not that bad up there.

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • No Cyril, people are not sick to death of the arguments, they are sick to death of you looking for arguments where there are none. Considering where we are at this moment, you just look pathetic, nothing new there then.

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    tel

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • What a shame NorwichAbs,you started on here as an almost intelligent contributor and your true intent reveals itself in your comments today,of which there is no need for.You are right Norwich is a bigger club,you are a city after all.You are better off finacialy,as a few seasons in the top flight + parachute payments will make you.You do have a bigger squad assembled at far greater cost and a wage bill to match,so it makes perfect sense that you are top of the league and we are struggling outside the play-offs......hang on a minute

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    miketyreson

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • My point Cyril is for example your first posting said "Another great result at halfway stage" why not just say "Another great result" Totally positive then. And yes a couple of additions would be useful and my thoughts are the four that were transfer listed were for MM to see them move on and reduce the wage bill to allow a couple to come in.

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    Kingfisher

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • That is exactly my point, where is my comment critical, please tell me as nobody else wants to. I do not believe I am ever critical of the players, I do not like MM style of play which I am with a lot of other supporters, and I do not believe ME is good for itfc, we will see, if he misses the opportunity to give MM a little support in January he will be missing a big opportunity,I dont think even you would argue with that.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Norwich abs,you might at the moment be a bigger club than the great Ipswich,and you talk about buying Murphy to join your club,but the reason he is doing so well is because we have the CLASS players to compliment his play.The big question are your midfield good enough to supply the final pass,!!!!!

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    Rod Stewart

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Ladies and gents, congratulations on another good result that continues to make my fifty quid bet with a Town fan in serious jeopardy. However, neither of us are anywhere near promotion yet. By the way, Dolly, neither of my parents were born in England so the stereotyping of my number of digits is inaccurate, but I can count.

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    NorwichAbs

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • What I think most people would love to see Cyril is your glass half full rather than half empty. Be critical when it is justified but for the New Year also try and put a posting up that has no negativity. COYB.

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    Kingfisher

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Its about time this nonsence stoped just read my opening comments on this page, was it another great win. YES. are we at the halfway stage YES. If youhalf a dozen want to argue at least have some substance to your argument as I am sure most readers are sick to death with our arguments.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

  • Tell you what Tel. If you can prove Cyril wrong and shut him up i will happily donate £50 to the Bobby Robson foundation. If anyone else cares to match it that would be teriffic. Im sure Archant will hapily help settle the argument in the name of charity. Perhaps the editor can offer some input. If you can Tel i will consider it the best 50 quid i ever spent.

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    TrueBlue

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Fantastic result at the halfway stage ha ha!, where Brentford were flying, if we'd beaten them first game of season it would have been expected. I cannot believe Towns amazing form. Looking forward to next home game where Staidtastic shall be in attendance after a few scoops!

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    Staidtastic

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • That rules out Norwich then Abs

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    tel

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Come on now boys & girls let's be positive. Town is going great guns at long last and Norwich shows every sign of pulling itself together after a bad run of results. All in all, East Anglicans (col United excepted) have much to be pleased with on the footballing front. After 3 decades down under, I am out of touch when it comes to other teams so I have a question. Would someone please shed some light on how Bournemouth has put together such a good team. I have a sneaking feeling that they will be a top 4 team for the rest of the season.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I fully realise the season is not over cyil but unlike you I like to have positive thoughts in my life or on the other option I am not a pathetic person who trolls the websites trying in vain to wind people with lives and friends up. Which are you matey????

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    Craig Warr

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • So you are hiding away from the bet then Cyril.

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    tel

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • This really is the icing on my christmas cake here in sunny Florida. Living here for the past decade amongst ex-pats that seem to always follow the top teams i can go out wearing my new Town shirt with pride ! COYBs

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    don wilson

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Once again Cyril trying to turn a positive Ipswich win into a page about himself. Don't massage his over inflated ego, his head can barely fit on this page. He is a wind up, he will wind people up if or when we get promoted and will laugh if we don't make the premiership. I stopped directly conversing with him ages ago, I'm not going to give him more chances to add some column inches to his head.

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    redhotitfc

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • dolly at the risk of being called a Norwich fan, you can not seriously think you can compare our financial situation with that of Norwich, it would be nice if we could.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • You will be suggesting a straight swap for Wolfwhistle next I reckon.

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    Kingfisher

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • We will see what happens in the weeks ahead and I would suggest that Daryl Murphy will remain an ITFC player and will not be moving up the A140. This debt you mention is worrying but we have not wasted millions on players who had to be loaned out because they helped Norwich get relegated and their wages are to high for them to remain at a mid table championship club.

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    Kingfisher

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Also, Abs, Portman Road is owned by Ipswich Borough Council.

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    Dolly

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Maths isn't your strong point is it Abs, which is weird seeing as you have an extra finger to count on. If you think you could afford Murphy, or that he'd want to go anywhere near Carrot Road, you're utterly deluded.

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    Dolly

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Kingfisher for doubtful read realistic

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Unfortunately, Kingfisher, not many people under 60 will remember those exploits from way back in last century. £86 million in debt and a ground one-third empty for every home game, a ground owned by Norwich's Aviva, the list goes on. You've done well but footballers have high expectations and Murphy can come up the A140 for a decent fee.

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    NorwichAbs

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Nor was it ever in my thoughts, but as you are Mr Doubtful on all matters ITFC I just wanted to see if you would make a negative out of this positive.

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    Kingfisher

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Kingfisher,I am afraid that shows the level of your expectations. Relegation is not in my vocabulary.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Murphy is playing for a big club with a good history. A club that has won the English top league, the FA Cup and a European Trophy. So why would he want to even consider a side with no real history. And he would be better off staying with a team that is a position to go into the Premiership. COYB.

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    Kingfisher

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Delia will have to get the chequebook out so we can prise Murphy away from you. He would be exceptional playing for a big club.

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    NorwichAbs

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Another 3 points away from home welldone everybody.thats 16 now for murphs.COYB

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    david peters

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Last season Doncaster were relegated with 44 points. So Cyril isn't it nice to not have relegation to worry about.

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    Kingfisher

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Unlike yourself crag I do realise the season is not over.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • How sad your life must be Cyril!!!!!

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    Craig Warr

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Pretty fabulous - let's hope we keep going. As for the virtues of McCarthy & Connor: ask any Wolves supporter. Mind, they had to throw the money around to put this side together. Ou sont les offshore mercenaries d'antan?

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    Ken Hairy

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Another great result at the halfway stage

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • Great result!!! Just praying we keep it up and Evans has a decent night at the casino next week

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    Brobat blue

    Friday, December 26, 2014

  • I can't quite believe todays result. I was happy enough to scrap a draw against a confident Brentford side but we made it look easy. Shame about letting in 2 goals but scoring 4 away is brilliant. Halfway and top of the league, well briefly no doubt at least. Super season so far, let's hope we can keep it going for the second half. What an appointment MM was by ME, very impressive decision and TC is a class coach. The youths are being properly looked after now also. Things really are looking up now!!

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    redhotitfc

    Friday, December 26, 2014

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