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Report: Ipswich Town 2-0 Millwall

DAVID McGoldrick and Daryl Murphy punished Millwall for some wasteful finishing as the Lions' miserable run of results at Portman Road continued.

The visitors missed a host of guilt-edged opportunities in front of goal before McGoldrick broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Murphy bundled home a corner after the restart to make the game safe and the Lions were unable to reply in a very one-sided second half.

Millwall had lost their previous two matches at Ipswich by a 3-0 scoreline.

After losing Lee Martin to a training-ground knee ligament injury, boss Ian Holloway elected to draft Jermaine Easter into his starting line up.

Loanee Mathias Ranegie was also included in the Millwall XI, replacing Ricardo Fuller as the sole striker in attack.

The Lions started on the front foot and should have been ahead after eight minutes.

Scott McDonald picked out the overlapping run of Scott Malone who found Martyn Woolford inside the box, only for Dean Gerken to keep out his toe-poke.

But the ball rebounded to Easter and his snapshot crashed off the underside of the crossbar, with Gerken stranded, before the hosts scrambled the ball away.

Easter's 20-yard drive was held by Ipswich's goalkeeper before Malone's chipped cross was headed wide by Ranegie as the Lions spurned several promising openings.

Paul Anderson registered the Blues' first meaningful shot on target in the 29th minute when he hooked a volley towards goal, but David Forde held on.

Anderson went close again, this time from range, five minutes later, but Millwall once again failed to capitalise on a glorious chance at the other end.

Ranegie won back possession in midfield, drove forward and played a perfectly-weighted pass into the feet of Woolford, who was bursting into the area.

But the winger took an uncharacteristically heavy touch and, sensing the ball getting away from him, swung a boot at the ball, slicing it into the side netting.

Forde had to be at full stretch to claw away Daryl Murphy's downward header in the 42nd minute but the Lions stopper was soon picking the ball out of his net.

McGoldrick seized upon a hopeful clearance up field, exchanged passes with Teddy Bishop and rifled into the far corner, via a slight deflection.

At the break, Holloway withdrew Jack Powell and brought on Magaye Gueye in the hope the winger could get the visitors back into the game.

But Millwall were sluggish in the second period and never looked like drawing level as Ipswich, spurred on by their goal, went in search of a second.

And they got it in the 63rd minute when Murphy stabbed home from three yards after the Lions failed to clear a corner into their box.

McDonald went close to pulling one back in the 66th minute but his curling 20-yard free-kick was tipped over the bar by Gerken's one-handed save.

Alan Dunne's optimistic 30-yard drive was also dealt with by the Ipswich keeper.

McGoldrick should have made it 3-0 when he collected Murphy's knock-down inside the area but the striker snatched at the chance and fired wide.

The hosts then shut up shop, and though McDonald did his best to keep the game alive with a weaving run and shot, which drifted wide, the Lions were well-beaten.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “Report: Ipswich Town 2-0 Millwall

  • September 13, 2014 at 17:13
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    When are we gonna get a striker in that knows how to score & regularly? Seems to me we started to lose it after the Fulham match & simply haven't recovered sufficiently. Worrying.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 17:22
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      @NO1LIKESUS: I think ollie is playing a system that's beyond the skills of our players, at the moment. Hopefully it will all click before we are fighting at the wrong end of the table

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:19
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    Looking forward to ollies 5 things! Sadly a predicable result and it will get worse before it gets better! Our ball play is better but we can't finish! Martin being out didn't help

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:26
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    Playing 1 up front does not work.
    We are crying out for a goalscorer - and have for a while now - but IH has not solved it,
    Looking at out fixtures for September/October we will be nearer the bottom as we just cannot score.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 18:22
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      @Longfield Lion: A disappointing result, but it's still early days. A goal-scorer is an obvious problem, but my biggest worry is we don't have a Plan B for when things aren't working.

      I thought we'd be mid-table at best this season and nothing I've seen has changed my mind. We seem to have a slightly stronger squad than last year, but nowhere near the quality several clubs have in this division. It seems its going to take time to see if Ollie's brand of football is going to work.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:33
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    so important to score when your well on top, which we were for the first 20mins. sadly we still dont have a striker who knows where the goal is and in this league your gonna get punished. dont want to be too downbeat 5/6 points from Ipswich, Reading, Forest would be a great return so all still to play for but lack of a goal scorer is a worry

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    • September 13, 2014 at 17:39
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      @macman2: both forest and reading have goal scorers, no points from those games, just need to limit the amount we concede

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:35
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    Glenn Murray, not Ramegie was the striker we should of got, scores goals as proved today

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    • September 13, 2014 at 17:39
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      @dpendet: Could we have gone for Murray on Loan.??
      A proven scorer ?
      Instead we get a useless lump from Watford.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:50
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    I think we need to sign a few midfielders!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:51
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    Fair play the guy who said we'd lose 2-0 and got a load of s*** for it! Haha.

    Boring s*** really, the chemistry of the team has improved but not much else really.

    If you look at the squad woolford Martin gueye Easter the people who play wing (although waster shouldn't play wing) none of them ever seem to put a decent cross in the box,
    But yet we signed 6ft5 striker for aerial theat?!

    Don't think we should sign anymore old boys but ethrington could be a answercan deliver a cross and play decent and for f*** sake get prolific goal scorer if not double you chances play two strikers up front!!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 17:55
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    morrision?target man up front?.we cant knock him?out and out target man when he is played as a old school center forward

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  • September 13, 2014 at 18:14
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    Wheres Gregory,brought in as a potential prolific goal scorer.
    Wheres Martinez,brought in for hes ability to pick out a killer pass.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 18:25
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    fed up making remarks about Gregory the only goalscorer we have and dont play p*** poor

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  • September 13, 2014 at 18:31
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    Don't forget raniege scored two in training.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 18:43
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      @LETEMCOME: yeah but he was the only one on the training pitch.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 18:36
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    Also, why do we all know we need a goal scorer and IH does not seem to do anything about it. We all can provide names of players who can score and are or were available but we always miss out. Either something is wrong with our scouting or IH thinks tactics are little white mints.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 18:52
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    Worst performance of the season(2 week break done us no favours), Ranegie is a very poor player, why not give Gregory a chance

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  • September 13, 2014 at 18:54
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    Er let's stop blaming the manager,there's no money to buy a striker, we're punching above our weight being in this division so we need to get used to it,if you think holloway doesn't know we need a striker you are deluded.If we finish higher than we did last year it will be because the manager has done an exceptional job with the smallest budget in the division.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 18:59
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      @thecolumbusblock: So did Burnley have a small budget last season.That did not stop them as they managed to get a goalscorer and a Manager who organised his team and got them playing good attacking football ????

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      • September 13, 2014 at 19:34
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        @Longfield Lion: Ings and vokes cost 1.4 million combined,a great bit of business, can you see us spending that ?

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        • September 13, 2014 at 19:40
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          @thecolumbusblock: True,I was just making the point that you can achieve things on a smaller budget than some Clubs.
          No we will not spend money but we could get a Loanee that scores goals.
          Was going for Murray on Loan out of the question?
          IH knows him from Palace and scored twice today for Reading.

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          • September 13, 2014 at 21:24
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            @Longfield Lion: the thing is millwall just won't spend a million on a player so I don't understand what there looking for a million is the average asking price now for a average striker

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    • September 13, 2014 at 19:06
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      @thecolumbusblock:

      true - people on here are deluded - one game and Renegie becomes a very poor player - I see Cardiff let in 4 after being 2up today with all their cash - and Fulham have one point - I don't know what some people expect, us to go out every week and dominate teams for 90 mins and score 4 goals - yes we have lacked a good goal scorer for quite a while but the same is true for over half the teams in this league

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    • September 13, 2014 at 19:45
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      @thecolumbusblock: I think you are deluded if you think its all about money getting a goal scorer. one example is Peterborough, always getting good front men from lower leagues. Why cant we?

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      • September 13, 2014 at 23:03
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        @LETEMCOME: im not deluded mate peterboro are the exception to the rule as you well know

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  • September 13, 2014 at 19:17
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    Just got back from ipswich.
    Game of 2 halves. 1st half we played some really good football and should have been at least 1 up, Easter's finishing is shocking at best how he managed to hit the bar is beyond me.
    Some terrible finishing cost us, in the 1st half. Ipswich did look like they had a goal in them especially having McGoldrick available. That said they were there for the taking.
    2nd half was the complete opossum.
    Can't understand ollie's substitution at half time by replacing Powell with gueye and putting wool ford in the middle. I would have left it for 10 mins then if a change was needed then it would have been easter instead of Powell. The other subs were just as bad they looked tired and heavy.
    Forde: terrible distribution, worst game this season.
    Edwards: very good 1st half as he attacked and made their left back defend all half. 2nd half was like they switched roles.
    Dunne: average. Not very good playing a side with 2 attackers and won nothing in the air.
    Beavers: felt sorry for him as he didn't deserve to be on losing side.
    Mallone: pretty much the same as Edwards.
    Williams: usual reliable self.
    Powell: not a great 45 but will not judge him. Didn't deserve to be subbed.
    Woolford: not very good. Looked a little lost. Should have scored.
    Mcdonald: very busy and always available for the ball. Unlucky with free kick but it should have been taken by Williams as it was perfect for A LEFT FOOTED DEAD BALL EXPERIENCE.
    Easter: enough said.
    Renegade master: looked lazy and lacked an awful lot of pace. Not impressed. Won about 10% of his headers. Although has a good touch and unselfish.
    Bad day at the office but cannot see us getting anything at reading and a must win at home to forrest with a cracking crowd behind us.
    MOTM: The travelling army for their 1st half performance. Great support today boys but like the 11 we went to cheer, we died a death in the 2nd half.
    Bring on the royals.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 19:54
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    Do yourself a favour Lee Gregory go out on loan and start scoring again before you forget what a ball looks like. Not playing a bloke you pay £250,000 for is a joke especially when we don't have money to spend but when we do we treat the guy like a fuking kunt.

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    • September 14, 2014 at 10:27
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      @LETEMCOME: Totally agree, we cant buy a goal. Get the kid on who else is going to score.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:19
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    7th in the league, it's like most of you have forgotten the last two seasons where we probably didn't even make it into the top half at any point!

    Win midweek and you'll think we're nailed on to be champions!

    Please try not to get carried away by one result, we lost, it happens.

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    • September 13, 2014 at 20:33
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      @MFC Lion: very true, but no excuse for today's performance especially 2nd half. Unprofessional and unacceptable.
      As you have rightly said we've lost and it happens but for me it's not the loss today it's the manner in which it was lost.

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      • September 13, 2014 at 21:21
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        @lukesmithmfc: I'm sure it was disappointing but reports suggest we were better team in the first half?

        IF this was the start of several poor results/performances I could understand the negativity.

        Until such time I think a reality check on the budget of this club and the gates we manage should be considered in regard to where we are in the league and the quality of player we can afford.

        I will concede that the Gregory issue does require an explanation.

        Has he fallen out with Ollie? Or is he simply not as good as they thought?

        Either way fobbing us off by saying he's got a niggly injury or being left on the bench for no apparent reason needs some honesty.

        If the guy is just s*** then so be it, loan him out and pray he improves quickly.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:29
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    Something we've all heard before from players, pundits, managers etc. - ' YOU MUST TAKE YOUR CHANCES'....
    We played some great stuff in the 1st half - good movement, good closing down - Ipswich were pretty much non existent until they scored just before half time. No way did they deserve to be 1-0 up...
    The worst thing about the missed chances from Easter and Woolford - was that they didn't hit the target.... In those sort of positions where you have a free shot inside the box - it is criminal not to hit the target and at the very least, you must test the keeper so a rebound or a corner is a possibility!
    I reckon we missed the likes of Martin and Abdou for their pace and work rate today - Mcdonald gave a solid performance - again, running round like mad - but can't do it all himself.
    Also, thought Malone and Edwards weren't their usual selves - especially in the 2nd half.
    Felt like the game plan went out the window a bit in the 2nd - probably through frustration - started lumping it up the field and losing a lot of possession - then never got going again.... they need to stay confident in the system, be patient and bring the ball forward gradually - even if we go behind... We did that in the 1st half and looked so much better. Oh well, live and learn..... hopefully! COYL.

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:47
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    If IH was surprised imagine what us supporters feel like let down need to get the killer instinct and stop getting caught out by sucker late goals in the game 1st and 2nd half
    More commitment on the field needed ASAP
    We turn up to support Wall we need you to turn up and start performing end of !

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  • September 13, 2014 at 20:48
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    Well I was one of those that listened to the game on lions player and my opinion is based on what I have heard. My 5 things that we have learned from todays game.
    1 Millwall are beginning to play well as a unit.
    2 They do not have a striker capable of scoring 20 goals in a season.
    3 Something is happening or has happened with Gregory that has not gone down well at the club.
    4 Easter is unlikely to hit the target until his name.
    5 That bloke Terry who co-commentates with Deano Standing is a complete irritating Pollock!

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    • September 13, 2014 at 20:55
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      @Chipplefuddywick: Did they say anything in particular about the Gregory situation??

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  • September 13, 2014 at 21:29
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    Test, as long last message was kicked by spam filter!

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  • September 13, 2014 at 21:31
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    Well, try again! Much shorter version....

    I can't believe all the negativity. We were never going to walk the division!

    As for the Gregory situation, did Alex not report he had a knock so was not in the game, or is this just too simple to believe?

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    • September 13, 2014 at 21:32
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      @the ref: for game read squad.

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