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Gallery & report: Ipswich Town 2 Wolves 1 – Murphy scores twice on a superb night for the Blues

21:55 04 November 2014

Daryl Murphy dinks the ball over Carl Ikeme to make it 2-1 to Ipswich Town. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

Daryl Murphy dinks the ball over Carl Ikeme to make it 2-1 to Ipswich Town. Photo: Sarah Lucy Brown

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Ipswich v Wolves: Daryl Murphy scored twice, continuing his incredible goalscoring run, as Ipswich Town delighted the Portman Road crowd with a superb 2-1 home win over Wolves.

Murphy opened the scoring in the 35th minute with a fine curling effort and then, after James Henry’s fortuitous equaliser soon after the restart (53), he produced a deft chip over on-rushing keeper Carl Ikeme to win it (59).

Ten goals for the season makes him the Championship’s joint-leading top-scorer, nine of those goals having come in his last 11 matches. It’s a remarkable return for a striker whose career goal ratio was 0.1 per game prior to joining the Blues permanently in the summer of 2013.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy celebrated his 100th game in charge with another victory over his former club. The result lifts the Blues to fifth in the Championship table, the Suffolk side leapfrogging bitter rivals Norwich City following their 4-0 loss at Middlesbrough.

It was only the second time in 14 matches that high-flying Wolves had suffered defeat, Kenny Jackett’s side simply unable to deal with Town’s high-tempo pressing and quick movement of the ball.

You’d never have thought that Town were without five key players through injury, this result and performance leaving fans daring to dream.

McCarthy made two enforced changes to his side following Saturday’s 2-0 win at Blackpool – Kevin Bru, fit again after injury, and Jay Tabb replaced Teddy Bishop and Cole Skuse in the midfield. The latter two had been forced off the field with groin problems at Bloomfield Road.

Once again, Dean Gerken, Jonathan Parr (both groin) and Jonny Williams (ankle) all missed out. Elliott Hewitt – recalled from his loan spell at Colchester United – was named on the bench.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett made two changes to his side following Saturday’s goalless home draw with Birmingham. Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako, both rested with this game in mind, replaced by Michael Jacobs and Liam McAlinden.

Town started on the front foot, closing down all over the park when they didn’t have the ball and moving it around quickly when they were in possession. It set the tone for the rest of an utterly dominant and impressive opening 45 minutes from the hosts.

Murphy’s angled drive stung the palms of keeper Carl Ikeme in the second minute after David McGoldrick had pounced on Matt Doherty’s slip. Moments later, Stephen Hunt – buzzing about all over the pitch – produced a good run and cross which was just about scrambled clear after getting stuck under Murphy’s feet on the penalty spot.

Wolves simply couldn’t cope with the constant hassling and harrying. Twice keeper Ikeme had to be quick off his line to clear up, on both occasions nervously slicing the ball high onto the roof of the Co-op Stand.

Ikeme then had a real heart in mouth moment, dropping Bru’s deep ball into the box straight at the feet of McGoldrick. For a split second it looked as though the Town striker simply had to prod the loose ball home from close range, but defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell stuck out a boot to deflect it just the wrong side of the post.

Murphy was the man who was epitomisng Town’s energy and high octane tempo. The Irish striker twice raced the length of the pitch to make important defensive interventions, first making up for his own mistake in the middle of the park by producing a fine slide tackle on Sako in the box and then, moments later, sprinting back to the left-back position to shrug Doherty off the ball.

Ipswich weren’t just good off the ball though, they were impressive on it. One slick piece of one-touch passing involving Bru, McGoldrick, Hunt and Jay Tabb almost ended in a sublime team goal, but Tabb – on the stretch – couldn’t quite convert at the end of the move.

Luke Hyam was booked for a foul in the 26th minute, his fifth yellow card of the season meaning he’ll be suspended for Saturday’s visit of Watford. Shortly afterwards, Tommy Smith produced a fine block on Sako in the box.

It remained all one-way traffic though and the crowd sensed that a breakthrough wasn’t far away.

It finally arrived in the 35th minute, Murphy on top of the dallying Kevin McDonald quick as a flash, robbing him of possession from the blind side and spinning inside the right side of the box to curl a cultured finish past the despairing dive of Ikeme.

It was the least the Blues deserved and they could have doubled their advantage before the break. Smith sent a powerful header from Hunt’s corner just over the bar in the 43rd minute while, in stoppage-time, a clever free-kick routine saw McGoldrick’s low attempt held down low by Ikeme.

The players left the pitch to rapturous applause.

Wolves were level eight minutes after the restart, Henry’s inswinging cross from the right evading everyone in the box, bouncing before finding the inside of the far side-netting. It was the visiting side’s first ‘shot’ on target.

Instead of looking deflated, Town seemed even more fired up following a perceived sense of injustice.

Within minutes it required a brave block from Batth in the box to deny Berra’s thundering drive after Tyrone Mings’ rampaging run and low cross had caused havoc.

At the other end there was a let off, Sako’s raking ball over the top evading Berra only to be poked wide by the stretching Leon Clarke.

It was another mistake which led to Town getting their noses in front again, this time midfielder Lee Evans gifting the ball to McGoldrick with a sideways pass in the middle of the pitch. The Town front man was quick to pick out unmarked strike partner Murphy with a through ball, the Irishman dinking the ball over the on-rushing Ikeme with supreme confidence.

It didn’t seem possible that the tempo of the action could remain so high, but it did.

Town were left breathing a sigh of relief after a lapse in concentration led to Doherty firing a shot across the face of goal. At the other end, another powerful run and low cross by Mings almost resulted in a fortuitous goal. Ebanks-Landell’s attempted clearance cannoned off team-mate Batth and looped just beyond the far post.

Hunt was subbed to a standing ovation in the 76th minute. For the second time in four days the 32-year-old had put in an incredible shift.

Having seen his side drop several points from winning positions recently, Blues boss McCarthy was heard hollaring at his players constantly throughout the closing stages. There were a couple of minor scares during four minutes of stoppage-time, but the Blues held to claim a fully deserved victory.

IPSWICH TOWN (4-3-3): Bialkoswki; Chambers (cpt), Berra, Smith, Mings; Bru, Hyam, Tabb (Ambrose 79); Murphy, McGoldrick (Sammon 90), Hunt (Anderson 76).

Unused Subs: Crowe, Hewitt, Henhsall, Bajner, Sammon.

Booked: Hyam (26).

WOLVES (4-3-3): Ikeme; Doherty, Batth (cpt), Ebanks-Landell, Rowe; McDonald, Evans, Edwards (Jacobs 14, McAlinden 79); Henry (van La Parra 82), Clarke, Sako.

Unused Subs: Kuszczak, Stearman, Saville, Ricketts.

Booked: Doherty (30).

Attendance: 17,267 (948 away).

Referee: Andrew Madley.

Conditions: Cold and dry.

38 comments

  • Do you two hold hands when you go to the matches, if you stick to the truth I wont need to protect my good name, banter is one thing, but to try and do it under another persons name I think is lower than a snakes belly. I does however sound that you are the on worried about a knock on the door.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Do you two hold hands when you go to the matches, if you stick to the truth I wont need to protect my good name, banter is one thing, but to try and do it under another persons name I think is lower than a snakes belly. I does however sound that you are the on worried about a knock on the door.

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    Cyril Baker

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Cyril, you have dropped to a new low now, it's you who should be expecting a knock on the door, from the men in white coats. Fancy that, Cyril needs protection,

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    tel

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • I don't think you really understand the definition of fraud do you Cyril?

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    redhotitfc

    Friday, November 7, 2014

  • Don't like these web polls, gives a wrong impression for most of the side, all of whom played brilliantly. McGoldrick every bit as important as Murphy with his all round play and brilliant assists But looks unappreciated on a web poll that gives Murphy 63% and McGoldrick 1%. Crazy.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • yes tel there have been entries remove from the site, and if it was you who fraudenty loged in under my name you can expect a knock on the door.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • yes tel there have been entries remove from the site, and if it was you who fraudenty loged in under my name you can expect a knock on the door.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • That's funny, I have had four posts removed, I wonder whose been telling tales to the teacher.

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    tel

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • No thanks Norwch abs, but I would swap directors. It sounds as though you are not too happy, but thats how it goes, these people forget that 10days previous to the Wolves match they were booint the team off the pitch.

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    Cyril Baker

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • Well done, gents, on a good win last night compared to our abject surrender and pitiful team selection and positioning by Adams. Let's swap managers, Cyril!

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    NorwichAbs

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Oh come on Cyril. You do seem to pick holes in everything to do with ITFC. Whilst on the subject, what makes you judge and jury when it comes to whether the squad is good enough or not? Are you an experienced football manager? Also, quit bashing ME, he is still putting £5m into the club every year just to pay the bills and keep ITFC competitive. He's employed a top class man to run the financial side of things in Ian Milne, a top class gaffer in Mick McCarthy. This is shaping up to be one of the best seasons we've had since we got relegated. So why don't you just cheer up and stop whinging about a load of old nothing!

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    MrDiddle

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • The last item entered under my name obviously was not written by me, I have notified the eadt to remove it and trace its sender, once I have that information I will take the matter up with the police. It is a deliberate effort to falsly use my name. This is all getting a little bit stupid and shows they are not capable of debateing things and have to turn to fraud and abuse.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Years ago, miners used to take canaries down the pits as early warning of gas. "When the canaries stop singing, it's time to get out quick". (Copy to Neil Adams).

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Quie frankly redhototitfc I do not know why I should backtrack, I have made three stateents which were the current SQUAD is not good enough to win promotIion, I stand by that, ME would not invest this season, which was confirmed by the MD when he stated ME felt he had invested enough, and finally I said I did not think we would see any of the Cresswell money which was the case. Now explain your comment as to where I have backtracked.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Hold on ! What is happening here ? I found myself hardly able to wait to get down to Portman Road to see this game against Wolves last night.I had been looking forward to it for days ! Tuesday night football,under lights,pretty cold,all we needed was a decent game of football and boy did we get it.I do not think that i am stretching it when i say that we dominated this game from start to finish.A decent Wolves side was simply blown away and there was a realisation by their fans of that.I was particularly impressed by the fact that,four,maybe five first choice players were out and that it did'nt upset our style of play (which by the way was attacking,passing hi-tempo football) This suggests that our squad is as good as it has been for a number of years,in depth as well ! I liked what i saw of Bru as well-looks like another good find.Not so long ago,had Ipswich had been pegged back,they probably would have gone on to lose.Wolves goal was a bit flukey to say the least,i was right behind it,but the Town just got on with playing their football,no panicking and went back in front pretty quickly,it was a well deserved win.To be honest,Norwich game aside,even the games in which we have drawn,we have gone in front and dominated,but not quite seen it out.Looking forward to playing Middlesbrough and Bournemouth as they are excellent footballing teams.Lastly i found myself smiling as i left the ground,not for the first this season either.A big congratulations to the players,management,owners and of course us,the supporters for making this happen,COYB

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    miketyreson

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Tel, answer the question when Have I said Norwich City are a good team, your waffle about investment has nothing to do with your claim now answer it.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • u lot make me laugh... yes you're on a good run but please for christ sake, start to gloat IF (big IF) you are promoted or at least reach the playoffs come May 2015. Its only just turned November lol... settle down all of you

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    john smyth

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Cyril, we all know that you camouflage everything you say so that you can instantly deny anything that proves to be wrong. However, with all the praise you constantly heap upon them regarding investment, if you don't think they are a good team surely that investment was wasted.

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    tel

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Cyril we have all seen you say it, this just like everyry other time you didnt say things, you never critocised MM (yes you did), you never said Murph was a bad player (yes you did) but then you dont understand teh concept of of a question do you. Cheer up pal were 5th and above the scum

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • all the town comments can be found on another board coz noone usess this one anymore, due mostly to the pro troll policy they subscribe to here, I can assue you there are many happy posters. Cyril as always straining to turn a psoitive in a negative, you really must be the most depressing man on the planet, try looking at the glass half full pal and you might find life in general a little rosier. I've never felt more like singing the Blues, When Ipswich win and Norwich lose, Oh Ipswich you've got me singing the blues COYB!!!! As for Steroo Smyth, mid table medicority prediction? starting to look profundly WRONG! MM to sign alleged Wolves rejects? WRONG! As per he is already revising all his predictions upwards in the desperate hope that we will have forgotten them but we remember them all, but its it not his fault he just dosnt know anything about football, which wont stop Cyril appropriating those opnions for his own Oh Julie, you make my heart sing truly Julie, you know me love you an truly, from head down to mi goolie. You turn me on with your big Babylon Julie, you got the sweet as, truly, when mi touch it with mi goolie. Turn me on with your big Babylon COYB, COYB COYB. Looking down on the budgies does make life feel good!

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • tel, once again you quote what I have not said, I invite you to tell me when I have ever said Norwich City are a good team, come on for once answer the question.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Budgie boys: ..."Where are you ?......Where are you?.....Lets be 'avin ya" To coin a phrase. Methinks n0rw4ch have been sussed. ......Town on the other hand are going from strength to strength.

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Julie, you make me heat sing truly,

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • It seems on this Bonfire Day that loads of bangers and rockets are being aimed at the board and management team at Carrow Road. Just looked at the comments in the EDP and not one good word about their team from over 30 postings. It just proves that ITFC made a shrewd appointment in MM and TC and their knowledge and experience is key to the present success. And if the truth be known our neighbours wish they had a person of his standing controlling their team. Onwards and upwards ITFC and long may it continue.

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    Kingfisher

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • PS they have won 4, drawn 5 and lost just 1 in the last 10 and are one of the best form teams in the table.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Good result and it sounded a good game however I will not be doing a runner like redhotitfc it is still 2wins in the last 7 has to be improved on.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • Good result and it sounded a good game however I will not be doing a runner like redhotitfc it is still 2wins in the last 7 has to be improved on.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

  • That was pretty good, particularly with five out. I do hope that the doomsayers enjoyed the game as much as the rest of us did. MInd you, it's because we're worth it.

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    Ken Hairy

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Lol I would never show my face again after a prediction like that john smyth. Let's be having ya Cyril, waiting for some narky comment. You're gonna choke on your cornflakes in the morning, especially seeing Murphy as joint top scorer. That was a great prediction wasn't it Cyril!

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    redhotitfc

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Terrific result for all sorts of reasons. Played really well against a good, in-form, team. Back in the top 6. Bring on the Hornets on Saturday. About time we put them to the sword at Portman Road. Looking at the Championship table, it really is congested at the top. Even our resident prophet of doom (AKA Cyril) would surely have to admit that we are continuing to improve. As for Darryl Murphy, what a great season he is having. Long may it continue. COYB.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Not good grammer but that's phone fingers for you!

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    threenewknees

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Been on the edp site too. They have 36 posters we have six with a great result like this. Whee are you, let's be avin you if not just go on there and take the *** MM earned it for us!!

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    threenewknees

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • ja ja unlucky scummers. Mind you some idiots on here wanted Mick out after losing to Norwich, and again a few weeks ago after letting those injury time goals in and only drawing. No one can deny that Mick is doing a great job, we have a good squad and we can now have real hope of finishing in playoffs at least. Though i'm sure those idiots still won't be happy. Negative plebs.

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • well done to mick and the team great result tables looking good COYB,PS. what have you got to say now smith ha ha.

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    david peters

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Just been on EDP, talk about laugh. They are talking about sacking Adams now. That's what you get, if you are fans who find it impossible to to live in the real world. Norwich who lol

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    NB

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • What a good result, well done Town. Super Mick, that was with 5 key players out.

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    NB

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • No strength in depth hey?? Just beat a supposedly in form Wolves(unbeaten in 5) with an injury hit team. Murphy on fire. The negative plebs must be gutted. Unlucky boys! - Bring on Watford. Can't wait.

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    Staidtastic

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

  • Well now, John Smyth, good prediction for a four nil win, shame it was Middlesboro and not Wolves. Lol.

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    Rufus Milo

    Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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