Report: Ipswich Town 3-0 Millwall

MILLWALL'S 13-game unbeaten run was brought to a shuddering halt by a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Ipswich Town.

DJ Campbell scored twice and set up a third for strike partner  Daryl Murphy as the Tractor Boys secured their third straight win.

Kenny Jackett's side never looked like recreating some of their impressive away performances of recent weeks that had seen them win at Blackburn and Wolves, and were deservedly beaten.

Millwall thought they had taken the lead in the fourth minute when Chris Wood tucked away Shane Lowry's through-ball, but the linesman's flag was raised for offside.

Ipswich striker Murphy had twice breached the visiting backline in the opening exchanges and when Lee Martin's cross found him unmarked, he should have broken the deadlock but headed over.

Tommy Smith spurned an identical chance moments later, this time from Aaron Cresswell's free-kick, before David Forde parried Murphy's powerful shot.

The Lions were creating chances of their own and in the 14th minute, Andy Keogh's header from Chris Taylor's pinpoint cross was saved on the line by 'keeper Stephen Henderson.

In-form striker Chris Wood, who has scored 8 goals in 15 appearances this season, looked certain to score when James Henry's free-kick was flicked into his path six-yards out, but he somehow headed over.

Henderson made a superb double-save to prevent the visitors from taking the lead when he palmed away Liam Trotter's ferocious half-volley before tipping Henry's follow-up around the post.

But after sustaining a spell of sustained pressure at one end, Ipswich took the lead in the 37th minute at the other.

Cresswell advanced to the edge of the area and picked out the run of Campbell with a low cross, who turned the ball in at the near post with a deft flick.

The Lions were arguably unfortunate to find themselves a goal down at the interval – but they only had themselves to blame for falling further behind just four minutes into the second-half.

Campbell latched onto Danny Shittu's weak defensive header before squaring the ball to Murphy, who slammed into the roof of the net from close range.

Millwall, who had kept four consecutive clean sheets prior to today, had a chance to respond when Wood took aim from a free-kick, but his effort was deflected into the path of Jimmy Abdou, who sliced a volley high and wide of the Ipswich goal.

Boss Jackett introduced Dany N'Guessan and Josh Wright from the bench in a bid to revitalise his troops, but the Lions continued to be lethargic in possession and unconvincing when they did get the ball in the final third.

Forde had to be alert to tip over Martin's cross-shot in the 56th minute but Mick McCarthy's side duly made it 3-0 when Lowry handled the ball in the area and Campbell converted from the spot.

With the result long beyond doubt, Henry curled a free-kick over from the edge of the area as Millwall searched in vain for a route back into the match.

But it took a sliding clearance from Shittu to keep out Martin's goal-bound lob in the final minute, before Carlos Edwards planted a header straight at Forde as Ipswich went close to making it 4-0.

Ipswich Town: Henderson, Orr (Hewitt 88mins), Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, N'Daw, Drury, Martin, Murphy (Barnett 84mins), Campbell (Chopra 84 mins). Subs not used: Loach, Higginbotham, Carson, Emmanuel-Thomas.

Millwall: Forde, A Smith, Shittu, Beevers, Lowry, Henry, Abdou (N'Guessan 56 minds), Trotter, C Taylor (Wright 56 mins), Keogh, Wood. Subs not used: M. Taylor, J Smith, Osborne, Malone, Feeney.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

3 thoughts on “Report: Ipswich Town 3-0 Millwall

  • December 8, 2012 at 17:12
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    Never mind. If someone told me we'd go 13 games unbeaten back in August I'd have had him sectioned. We should be proud of Kenny and the boys. Also, it's a good thing we lost to a bottom half team instead of the ones we're actually competing with near the top! COYL

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  • December 8, 2012 at 18:16
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    It's disappointing but all runs come to an end. I am confident we will pick it up again and a game against Leicester is a great incentive to get back to winning ways. Kenny has a great record of brushing off these sorts of results and getting the team to focus on the next game not dwell on the last. I am really looking forward to next Saturday !

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