MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 0 Burnley 1
Ipswich v Burnley: Table-toppers Burnley eventually ground down Ipswich Town to record their first win at Portman Road since 1970.
A draw would probably have been a fair reflection in the game, with two hard-working sides cancelling each other out.
However, Scott Arfield was left unmarked to head home Kieran Trippier’s cross in the 80th minute to seal all three points for the visitors.
The Clarets may have now won 12 of their 15 games in all competitions this season, but they were made to sweat on this latest victory.
Both teams tried to get the ball down and play when in possession, but the final pass or cross was often lacking at both ends.
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As a result, chances were at a premium, but it was Ipswich who enjoyed the better of the limited goalmouth action.
Cole Skuse saw a powerful shot blocked on the line by Trippier just before half-time, while moments later he fizzed an effort just wide from the edge of the box.
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It was a similar story after the break as Ipswich looked marginally more likely to break the deadlock in an evenly-matched encounter.
Christophe Berra couldn’t quite get enough on a close-range header, while strong penalty appeals were turned down when Aaron Cresswell’s shot appeared to hit Jason Shackell’s arms in the box.
Burnley had rarely threatened – a super saving tackle from Luke Chambers snuffing out one rare break into the box.
They snatched the win with 10 minutes to go though as Arfield was left free to head home Trippier’s deep cross.
This was the first time in 12 home games that Ipswich have failed to score at Portman Road.
- Reaction to follow.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken (Loach 39); Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson (Tabb 85), Hyam, Skuse, Tunnicliffe; Murphy (Nouble 85), McGoldrick.
Subs: Loach, Hewitt, Mings, Edwards, Marriott.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Heaton; Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff; Arfield, Marney (Edgar 88), Jones, Kightly (Treacy 82); Vokes, Ings
Subs: Cisak, Lafferty, Stock, Long, Stanislas.
Referee: Graham Scott