MATCH REPORT, GALLERY & MOTM POLL: Ipswich Town 2 Millwall 0
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Ipswich v Millwall: Ipswich Town got back to winning ways as goals in each half from strike duo David McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy secured a 2-0 home win over Millwall.
The Lions – who had lost only four of their previous 18 league games – started the match brightly, but again they lived up to manager Ian Holloway’s pre-match assertion that they were not putting 90 minute performances together.
McGoldrick netted deep into first-half stoppage-time, his angled effort taking a heavy deflection off of Mark Beevers, the Blues then dominating the second half.
Murphy’s killer second arrived in the 63rd minute, the striker stabbing home following a corner kick, with Town ending the five-game winless streak which had followed the 2-1 home victory over Fulham on the opening weekend of the campaign.
Just like in the 1-1 draw at Derby prior to the international break, academy graduate Teddy Bishop was the star of the show for Ipswich. The Cambridge-born 18-year-old central midfielder provided plenty of driving runs and forward passes, played a big part in the crucial opener and was subbed to a standing ovation in the 71st minute.
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Tyrone Mings was also cheered off the field at the same time, the pacey and powerful young left-back showing he remains very much focused following the club’s decision to reject a £2.5m offer for him from Premier League club Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day.
The same could be said of striker McGoldrick – who was the subject of several multi-million bids from Leicester City leading up to the transfer window closing – the front man showing signs he can get back to the fantastic form that saw him score 16 goals prior to a knee injury back in February.
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It was Millwall who started the much better side though. The lively Jermaine Easter hit the crossbar in the ninth minute after Dean Gerken had saved Martyn Woolford’s effort with his feet, while former Blues kipper Carlos Edwards saw a low cross evade everyone in the box.
Town grew into the match though and visiting keeper David Forde did well to tip Murphy’s headed over the bar in the 42nd minute, the Irishman not getting great contact on the ball and the effort bouncing down into the ground and up towards the top corner.
The breakthrough came in stoppage-time following yet more forward-thinking play from Bishop. The confident teenager drove forwards on the edge of the box, drawing a foul, but the referee played good advantage and McGoldrick skipped around one challenge before unleashing an angled effort which deflected off the lunging Beevers to beat Forde.
Ipswich grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck at the start of the second half and never let go. Both Mings and Jonathan Parr provided plenty of attacking threat from the full-back positions, while Bishop and Cole Skuse were pulling the strings.
The killer second goal arrived in the 63rd minute, Jay Tabb’s corner helped towards goal by Christophe Berra, Murphy’s initial header blocked, the striker reacting well to stab home from close range.
Gerken produced a flying save for the hosts three minutes later, keeping Scott McDonald’s curling free-kick out and you see the Millwall players’ shoulders slump. Town rarely looked in danger, but Gerken again produced a smart stop towards the end when keeping out Ed Upson’s free-kick attempt.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Parr, Chambers (cpt), Berra, Mings (Smith 71); Anderson (Sammon 74), Bishop (Hyam 71), Skuse, Tabb; Murphy, McGoldrick.
Subs: Bialkowski, Bru, Henshall, Bajner.
MILLWALL (4-2-3-1): Forde; Edwards, Dunne, Beevers, Malone; Powell (Gueye 46), Williams; Woolford (Upson 67), McDonald, Easter (Fuller 67); Ranegie.
Subs: King, Briggs, Webster, Onyedinma.
Attendance: 16,190 (1,329 away)
Referee: Carl Berry