HALF-TIME: David McGoldrick’s early strike has Ipswich in front at the break
Ipswich v Leicester: Ipswich Town lead second-placed Leicester City 1-0 at half-time thanks to David McGoldrick’s early strike.
The Blues broke the deadlock with just one minute and 45 seconds on the clock, McGoldrick receiving the ball after a throw-in down the right side, working half a yard of room and beating unsighted keeper Kasper Schmeichel at his near post with a low shot from the edge of the box.
It set the tone for an entertaining start to the match, both teams posing a threat every time they pushed forwards.
David Nugent put an angled effort across the face of the goal for the visitors, before Schmeichel had to be quick off his line to save at the feet of McGoldrick following a poor back pass from Paul Konchesky.
Ipswich were playing with real energy, closing down their opponents high up the pitch and forcing mistakes. Ryan Tunnicliffe’s box-to-box running in central midfield was giving their play an added dimension, while McGoldrick’s sliding challenge back in the right-back position drew appreciative applause from the home fans.
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Leicester refused to be overwhelmed though and popped the ball about nicely at times, one-touch passing seeing Lloyd Dyer get around the back on a couple of occasions only to see the cross fail to find a man.
The goalmouth action dried up in the middle of the half, only for the game to come to life again towards the end of the opening 45 minutes.
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Dean Gerken tipped over an Andy King header, following a Danny Drinkwater corner, before Ipswich responded with a sustained spell of pressure, Daryl Murphy crowded out in the box and Tunnicliffe’s fierce effort punched away.
- Full-time report and reaction to follow.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Chambers (cpt), Berra, Smith, Mings; Anderson, Skuse, Tunnicliffe, Tabb; Murphy, McGoldrick.
Subs: Loach, Edwards, Hyam, Hunt, Wordsworth, Taylor, Nouble.
LEICESTER CITY (4-3-3): Schmeichel; Moore, Wasilewski, Morgan (cpt), Konchesky; Hammond, King, Drinkwater; Vardy, Nugent, Dyer.
Subs: Logan, James, Schlupp, Bakayogo, Taylor-Fletcher, Miquel, Wood.
Referee: Oliver Langford.