Ipswich Town v Brentford nostalgia: Daryl Murphy at the double as Bees are stung on Boxing Day

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

Over the course of this season, we will be profiling an Ipswich Town game from the past, against this afternoon’s opponents. This week, we look at the Blues’ 4-2 victory at Brentford on Boxing Day, 2014.

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

Cries of “We are going up” could be heard from the away end at Griffin Park, as Ipswich Town moved to the top of the Championship with a 4-2 Boxing Day win at Brentford.

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

Town were rampant in the first half, going 3-0 up after half-an-hour, thanks to two goals from Daryl Murphy and a strike from Paul Anderson.

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

Sam Saunders pulled a goal back for the Bees 10 minutes from time, only for Tommy Smith to notch a fourth two minutes later.

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

Saunders’ second in injury-time took the shine off things a little, but Town could still celebrate a Christmas win.

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

After the game, manager Mick McCarthy looked ahead to the January transfer window and said: “If we get a bonkers offer for Daryl Murphy, it’s beyond my control, but why would we sell our best players?

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant

“Brentford are a really good team and they were pressing to get back in the game, took chances and left Murph one on one, which is always a mistake.”

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014

Tommy Smith celebrates after scoring Ipswich's fourth at Brentford, in the 4-2 win, in December 2014 - Credit: Archant