Ipswich climbed to ninth in the Championship as two goals from David McGoldrick saw off Brighton.

McGoldrick opened the scoring with a shot that took a deflection off former Ipswich loanee Keith Andrews.

His second was a clinical finish as he rifled a shot into the far corner after cutting inside Gordon Greer.

Post-match: Brighton coach Garcia

The best the visitors could muster was an Ashley Barnes shot from the edge of the area that never looked like troubling Dean Gerken's goal.

Andrew Crofts poked wide an early chance for Brighton who were made to pay for their poor finishing when Ipswich took the lead out of the blue.

Not for the first time this season, McGoldrick let fly from distance and the ball nestled in the top corner after taking a deflection off Andrews.

McGoldrick doubled his team's advantage just four minutes later after Gerken's long clearance was flicked on by Daryl Murphy and the former Nottingham Forest man found himself one-on-one with Greer.

The in-form marksman shaped to shoot, before cutting past the Seagulls skipper and rifling a shot into the far corner with his left foot.

Three minutes after the interval McGoldrick almost added a third after Ryan Tunnicliffe ran at Inigo Calderon before feeding Daryl Murphy.

The Town number nine laid it off neatly to McGoldrick but he could only poke his shot over the bar under pressure.

Brighton offered little and Murphy was unable to direct Aaron Cresswell's corner on target after a fluid period of passing that got the home fans on their feet.

The visitors finally mustered a decent opening in the 64th minute when Christophe Berra initially made a hash of dealing with Kazenga LuaLua's low cross, before getting in a superb block to deny Crofts.

Kazenga LuaLua, dropped in favour of Craig Conway, was trying to make an impact and he fizzed a shot wide to remind the buoyant home fans that there was still time for Brighton to rescue something.

And they were denied what looked like a great shout for a penalty in the 73rd minute when Tommy Smith blocked Will Buckley's shot with his arm.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We had to work very hard to beat a good side. You don't get anything easy from Brighton - they have some good players and actually started better than us.

"That's this league. We took our chances when they came along with a very good performance from McGoldrick. He was excellent.

"You have to play well to beat a good side. Throughout the team, we had good performances."

Brighton manager Oscar Garcia:

"We knew McGoldrick could be a threat and today he showed that he is a player who can play at a higher level.

"He was the difference between the two sides.

"We were not good in the first 25 minutes, but after that we improved."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich

  • 22 Gerken
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 05 Smith
  • 06 Berra
  • 08 Skuse
  • 11 Anderson (Edwards - 66' )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 19 Hyam
  • 09 Murphy (Nouble - 66' )
  • 10 McGoldrick (Wordsworth - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hewitt
  • 07 Edwards
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 18 Tabb
  • 34 Marriott
  • 35 Nouble

Brighton

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 03 Greer
  • 14 Calderon
  • 17 Ward
  • 20 Upson
  • 02 Bruno (Caskey - 83' )
  • 04 Andrews
  • 08 Crofts
  • 09 Barnes Booked (March - 78' )
  • 23 Conway (LuaLua - 51' )
  • 30 Buckley

Substitutes

  • 16 Ankergren
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 18 Caskey
  • 21 David Lopez
  • 25 LuaLua
  • 27 March
  • 38 Ince
Ref: Stephen Martin
Att: 16,474

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

2 0

Corners

2 2

Fouls

17 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.

90:00 +3:31

Shot by Carlos Edwards went over the crossbar.

90:00 +2:57

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:52

Gordon Greer restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on Gordon Greer.

90:00 +2:20

Keith Andrews makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:34

Tommy Smith restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Will Buckley.

90:00 +0:23

Free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

90:00 +0:19

Anthony Wordsworth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon.

89:39

Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

89:11

Ryan Tunnicliffe makes a clearance.

88:41

Free kick taken by Keith Andrews.

88:35

Anthony Wordsworth challenges Keith Andrews unfairly and gives away a free kick.

88:04

Clearance by Solly March.

87:40

Gordon Greer makes a clearance.

87:06

Tommy Smith manages to make a clearance.

86:26

Luke Chambers makes a clearance.

86:10

Tommy Smith restarts play with the free kick.

85:43 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Wordsworth is brought on as a substitute for David McGoldrick.

85:23

Foul by Will Buckley on Ryan Tunnicliffe, free kick awarded.

84:21

Shot by Carlos Edwards cleared the bar.

82:45 Substitution

Substitution Bruno Saltor leaves the field to be replaced by Jake Forster-Caskey.

82:29

Kazenga LuaLua produces a cross.

81:16

Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.

80:47

Gordon Greer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David McGoldrick.

80:21

Kazenga LuaLua restarts play with the free kick.

80:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Frank Nouble on Keith Andrews.

80:07

Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

80:02

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

79:40

Aaron Cresswell shoots direct from the free kick and clears the bar.

78:43

Unfair challenge on Luke Hyam by Bruno Saltor results in a free kick.

78:35

David McGoldrick has an effort at goal. Matthew Upson gets a block in.

77:39 Substitution

Substitution Solly March on for Ashley Barnes.

77:28

Shot comes in from David McGoldrick from the free kick which clears the target.

77:15

Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on David McGoldrick.

76:45

Ashley Barnes booked.

76:45 Booking

Booking

76:25

David McGoldrick has an effort at goal. Ashley Barnes gets a block in.

76:23

Cole Skuse takes the free kick.

75:36

Bruno Saltor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David McGoldrick.

74:58

Inigo Calderon takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

74:54

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

74:52

Kazenga LuaLua sends in a cross.

74:09

Clearance made by Aaron Cresswell.

74:04

Clearance made by Luke Chambers.

73:59

The ball is crossed by Inigo Calderon.

73:20

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

72:51

Aaron Cresswell delivers the ball.

72:12

Shot by Will Buckley. Tommy Smith gets a block in.

72:10

The ball is crossed by Inigo Calderon.

72:06

Free kick taken by Andrew Crofts.

72:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Aaron Cresswell.

71:50

Stephen Ward restarts play with the free kick.

71:36

Cole Skuse concedes a free kick for a foul on Kazenga LuaLua.

71:24

Free kick crossed by Aaron Cresswell.

70:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Inigo Calderon on Frank Nouble.

70:49

Tommy Smith restarts play with the free kick.

70:36

Handball by Ashley Barnes.

69:37

Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

69:02

Clearance made by Matthew Upson.

68:57

Dean Gerken takes the free kick.

68:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Will Buckley.

68:17

Keith Andrews makes a clearance.

68:14

Clearance by Andrew Crofts.

68:11

Aaron Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.

67:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Inigo Calderon on Ryan Tunnicliffe.

66:03

Keith Andrews takes the free kick.

66:01

Unfair challenge on Keith Andrews by Frank Nouble results in a free kick.

65:41 Substitution

Substitution Carlos Edwards replaces Paul Anderson.

65:10 Substitution

Substitution Daryl Murphy goes off and Frank Nouble comes on.

64:40

Shot by Kazenga LuaLua went wide of the left-hand upright.

64:11

Dean Gerken takes the free kick.

63:36

Ashley Barnes is ruled offside.

63:30

Ryan Tunnicliffe makes a clearance.

63:25

Stephen Ward crosses the ball.

62:54

Clearance made by Tommy Smith.

62:50

Andrew Crofts has an effort at goal. Inigo Calderon takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in. Tommy Smith gets a block in.

62:47

Kazenga LuaLua delivers the ball.

61:17

Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell.

60:21

Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

60:19

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

60:07

Clearance made by Bruno Saltor.

60:04

Andrew Crofts manages to make a clearance.

58:26

Keith Andrews sends in a cross.

57:29

Header at goal by Daryl Murphy goes over the frame of the goal.

57:21

Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell from the left by-line.

56:18

Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.

56:13

Keith Andrews makes a clearance.

56:09

Free kick crossed by Aaron Cresswell.

55:38

Keith Andrews gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Anderson.

54:18

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

53:14

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

53:12

The ball is delivered by Stephen Ward.

52:55

Keith Andrews takes the free kick.

52:48

Cole Skuse challenges Andrew Crofts unfairly and gives away a free kick.

52:37

Ryan Tunnicliffe manages to make a clearance.

52:33

Clearance by Tommy Smith.

52:30

The ball is crossed by Keith Andrews.

52:05

Tommy Smith makes a clearance.

51:35

Luke Chambers manages to make a clearance.

50:58 Substitution

Substitution Kazenga LuaLua joins the action as a substitute, replacing Craig Conway.

50:18

Clearance by Tommy Smith.

48:55

Clearance made by Aaron Cresswell.

48:19

Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

48:15

Clearance made by Christophe Berra.

47:56

Shot by David McGoldrick went wide of the left-hand post.

47:16

A cross is delivered by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +1:36 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:23

Corner taken by Craig Conway.

45:00 +1:02

Aaron Cresswell makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:52

Craig Conway crosses the ball in from the free kick.

45:00 +0:24

Christophe Berra concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Conway.

45:00 +0:12

Cole Skuse manages to make a clearance.

44:42

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

43:51

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

43:47

Gordon Greer restarts play with the free kick.

43:18

Unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon by Daryl Murphy results in a free kick.

43:11

Free kick taken by Dean Gerken.

42:51

Tommy Smith fouled by Ashley Barnes, the ref awards a free kick.

41:23

Ashley Barnes takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

41:11

Matthew Upson takes the free kick.

40:57

Unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Tommy Smith results in a free kick.

40:43

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

39:24

Clearance made by Keith Andrews.

38:45

Bruno Saltor makes a clearance.

38:44

Centre by Aaron Cresswell.

38:35

Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

38:33

Paul Anderson delivers the ball.

38:28

Clearance made by Matthew Upson.

38:27

Aaron Cresswell delivers the ball.

37:52

Clearance by Luke Chambers.

37:33

Bruno Saltor restarts play with the free kick.

37:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cole Skuse on Will Buckley.

37:06

Clearance made by Keith Andrews.

37:02

Luke Chambers produces a cross.

36:42

Clearance made by Gordon Greer.

35:38

Bruno Saltor sends in a cross.

34:10

Ryan Tunnicliffe makes a clearance.

34:04

Aaron Cresswell manages to make a clearance.

33:57

Corner from the right by-line taken by Craig Conway.

33:31

Clearance made by Cole Skuse.

33:18

Clearance by Tommy Smith.

32:33

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

32:31

The ball is swung over by Craig Conway.

32:15

Will Buckley delivers the ball.

32:07

Clearance by Cole Skuse.

31:00

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

30:47

Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.

29:57

Dean Gerken takes the free kick.

29:40

Aaron Cresswell fouled by Will Buckley, the ref awards a free kick.

29:14

Christophe Berra makes a clearance.

29:11

Ryan Tunnicliffe manages to make a clearance.

29:09

Will Buckley sends in a cross.

28:22

The ball is sent over by Craig Conway.

27:58

Clearance made by Tommy Smith.

27:44

Free kick taken by Keith Andrews.

27:33

Christophe Berra challenges Ashley Barnes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:30

Stephen Ward manages to make a clearance.

26:41

Aaron Cresswell makes a clearance.

23:55

Assist by Daryl Murphy.

23:55 Goal scored

Goal! - David McGoldrick - Ipswich 2 - 0 Brighton David McGoldrick scores with their left foot. Ipswich 2-0 Brighton.

22:53

Cole Skuse makes a clearance.

22:50

Clearance by Tommy Smith.

22:50

Will Buckley sends in a cross.

22:47

Ryan Tunnicliffe makes a clearance.

22:46

The ball is sent over by Inigo Calderon.

22:11

Clearance made by Christophe Berra.

21:55

Clearance made by Christophe Berra.

21:43

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

19:43

The assist for the goal came from Aaron Cresswell.

19:43 Goal scored

Goal! - David McGoldrick - Ipswich 1 - 0 Brighton David McGoldrick scores a right footed goal. Ipswich 1-0 Brighton.

19:33

Gordon Greer manages to make a clearance.

17:49

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

17:49

Inigo Calderon manages to make a clearance.

17:46

Stephen Ward makes a clearance.

17:44

David McGoldrick sends in a cross.

17:01

The ball is sent over by Luke Chambers.

16:36

Clearance by Gordon Greer.

16:24

Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.

16:09

The offside flag is raised against Craig Conway.

16:04

Keith Andrews restarts play with the free kick.

15:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bruno Saltor by Cole Skuse.

15:18

Dean Gerken takes the free kick.

14:58

The official flags Bruno Saltor offside.

14:46

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

13:42

The ball is sent over by Stephen Ward.

13:27

Clearance made by Christophe Berra.

13:18

Stephen Ward takes the free kick.

12:59

Craig Conway fouled by Luke Hyam, the ref awards a free kick.

11:52

Inigo Calderon makes a clearance.

11:46

Dean Gerken takes the free kick.

11:29

Unfair challenge on Tommy Smith by Will Buckley results in a free kick.

11:24

A cross is delivered by Craig Conway.

10:51

Clearance made by Luke Chambers.

9:38

Ryan Tunnicliffe crosses the ball.

8:09

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

8:04

Clearance made by Matthew Upson.

8:01

Inigo Calderon manages to make a clearance.

7:59

Luke Hyam delivers the ball.

7:55

Clearance by Inigo Calderon.

7:53

Luke Hyam crosses the ball.

7:39

Free kick taken by Dean Gerken.

7:25

Foul by Keith Andrews on David McGoldrick, free kick awarded.

7:18

The ball is delivered by Bruno Saltor.

6:58

Tommy Smith makes a clearance.

6:57

The ball is delivered by Inigo Calderon.

5:35

Shot by Andrew Crofts went wide left of the goal.

4:43

Clearance by Aaron Cresswell.

4:12

Keith Andrews takes the free kick.

4:07

David McGoldrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Andrews.

3:59

Clearance by Christophe Berra.

3:55

Clearance made by Christophe Berra.

3:51

Free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

3:34

Unfair challenge on Stephen Ward by Daryl Murphy results in a free kick.

3:19

The ball is delivered by Aaron Cresswell.

3:12

Tommy Smith manages to make a clearance.

2:52

Clearance made by Christophe Berra.

0:09

Aaron Cresswell makes a clearance.

0:00

The match begins.

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