Burnley extended their lead at the top of the Championship as Scott Arfield's header earned victory at Ipswich.

The former Huddersfield midfielder stooped to guide Kieran Trippier's cross into the far corner.

Ipswich were denied a half-time lead when Trippier cleared off the line from Cole Skuse's half-volley.

For Burnley, Michael Kightly's 20-yard shot was stopped by Scott Loach before Arfield struck to take the Clarets two points clear of QPR.

Sean Dyche's side have won nine of their opening 12 Championship matches - their best start to a season since 1897, when they gained 10 victories from their first 12 Division Two games.

In the early stages, Burnley captain Jason Shackell made a decent early block after David McGoldrick had been teed up by Daryl Murphy's header, while Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken was forced off injured six minutes before half-time, to be replaced by Loach.

The home side continued to create chances at the other end, though, with Paul Anderson heading wide after Trippier sliced a clearance high into the air.

Burnley's right-back was involved again two minutes before half-time, when keeper Tom Heaton flapped at a looping Luke Hyam cross, but Skuse was denied a first goal for Ipswich when Trippier cleared his half-volley off the line.

Skuse then hit a 25-yard shot just wide after picking up Ryan Tunnicliffe's low pass inside.

Burnley striker Sam Vokes and Ipswich defender Aaron Cresswell both had penalty appeals rejected after the interval.

Vokes tumbled over with Luke Chambers nearby, but was judged to have tripped over his own feet, while Cresswell's goal-bound shot was deflected by Shackell with Ipswich's players appealing in vain for handball.

Anderson's 20-yard shot for the home side fizzed just wide, while Kightly's effort from a similar distance tested Loach at the other end.

But with the game edging towards a draw, David Jones fed Trippier on the right-hand side and his low cross was headed into the far corner by Arfield.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"I don't think Burnley were any more accomplished than us, but they had a Johnny-on-the-spot who came in and scored.

"We got what we deserved as they defended their goal better than us for the 90 minutes.

"I was delighted with how we played against a very good side but are they better than us? I don't think so."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"It is all about small margins. They had the better of the first half but we had a solid framework, did the basics, and were solid enough not to concede.

"The second half levelled out, although there were pockets of good play. I was thinking it was going to be a 0-0, and then a fine moment of quality saw a good cross and a good header."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken (Loach - 39' )
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Tabb - 85' )
  • 19 Hyam
  • 10 McGoldrick
  • 09 Murphy (Nouble - 85' )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hewitt
  • 07 Edwards
  • 15 Mings
  • 18 Tabb
  • 34 Marriott
  • 35 Nouble

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 08 Marney (Edgar - 88' )
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly (Treacy - 82' )
  • 14 Jones
  • 10 Ings
  • 09 Vokes
  • 37 Arfield

Substitutes

  • 03 Lafferty
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 22 Stock
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 16,062

Match Stats

Shots

13 5

On target

2 3

Corners

4 5

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 1.

90:00 +3:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 1.

90:00 +3:02

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

90:00 +2:39

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

90:00

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sam Vokes with a headed pass.

87:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Dean Marney.

87:18

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:18

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

85:08

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:08

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

84:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jay Tabb replaces Paul Anderson.

84:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Daryl Murphy.

82:07

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:07

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

81:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Michael Kightly.

79:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 1. Scott Arfield (Burnley) header from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier with a cross.

78:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:22

Delay in match Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

73:50

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

72:49

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

72:49

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

71:53

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

71:53

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:44

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

68:44

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:32

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:32

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

67:15

Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

65:06

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Jones with a cross.

64:39

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

63:47

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.

63:22

Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ings.

62:46

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

59:30

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

57:41

Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

57:41

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:15

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:15

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

56:38

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

56:07

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

54:25

Offside, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

53:27

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:27

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

53:03

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

49:38

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a cross following a corner.

49:08

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

46:20

Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

45:45

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:45

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 0.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 0.

45:00 +1:03

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

45:00 +0:04

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

44:36

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Scott Arfield.

41:35

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a cross.

38:34

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Scott Loach replaces Dean Gerken because of an injury.

37:35

Delay in match Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

36:02

Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

32:38

Delay in match Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

30:34

Dangerous play by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

30:34

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:47

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

29:47

Sam Vokes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:45

Offside, Burnley. Danny Ings tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

25:49

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:49

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

21:45

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Jones.

18:18

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:18

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

11:06

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

11:06

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:37

Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

8:16

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

8:16

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:39

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

4:38

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

2:45

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

2:42

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:14

Offside, Burnley. Kieran Trippier tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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