Ipswich recorded their first win of 2014 with a 2-0 victory over Reading in a closely-fought Championship game at Portman Road.

Daryl Murphy opened the scoring on 62 minutes with a powerful strike that went in off the underside of the bar.

And the hosts sealed the three points in the 90th minute through a right-footed strike from substitute Paul Anderson into the bottom left corner.

It was the Tractor Boys' first win in seven attempts in all competitions.

Seventh heaven

Ipswich had drawn three and lost three of their last six games in all competitions before earning their first win of 2014 against Reading

The last time Mick McCarthy's side celebrated a victory was their Boxing Day win over Doncaster, but they started strongly against the Royals.

Stephen Hunt nearly scored early on when his volley was cleared off the line by Kaspars Gorkss.

Referee Andy Madley was in the spotlight for denying Reading a penalty when their captain, Jobi McAnuff, was sent sprawling in the penalty area by Luke Chambers.

Reading continued to press and Daniel Williams had the best chance of the first half minutes before the break when his dipping shot from 25 yards forced an excellent save from Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken.

Early in the second half, there was a goal-line scramble when Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy was wrong footed but somehow managed to recover to deny Ipswich an opener.

But the hosts eventually took the lead when Murphy scored eighth of the season.

The win was secured in the first of six minutes added on when Anderson confidently finished past McCarthy.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy:

"We weren't particularly great in the first half but we were a lot better in the second half and we deserved the win against a good Reading side.

"It was an excellent defensive performance in the second half and keeping a clean sheet was great for them.

"The players were hurt by their performance at Millwall [a 1-0 defeat seven days earlier] so it was nice to come back with a win."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"I thought it was a good Championship game. We did really well in the first half. We were on the front-foot and competitive, but Ipswich were better in the second half.

"We kept going after Murphy's goal and had a few oohs and aahs but the second goal put the game to bed.

"I am looking forward to the second half of the season. The top two looks beyond us but we have players coming back and it will be an exciting end."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 07 Edwards (Anderson - 45' Booked )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 10 McGoldrick (Mings - 93' )
  • 09 Murphy
  • 12 Hunt Booked (Tabb - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 11 Anderson
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 15 Mings
  • 18 Tabb
  • 26 Taylor
  • 35 Nouble

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 23 Williams
  • 05 Pearce Booked
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 12 McCleary (Blackman - 71' )
  • 16 Akpan
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 11 McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 22 Blackman
  • 24 Cummings
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 15,323

Match Stats

Shots

13 14

On target

6 3

Corners

4 7

Fouls

12 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Reading 0.

90:00 +5:56 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Reading 0.

90:00 +4:15

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak following a corner.

90:00 +3:54

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

90:00 +3:51

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +3:48

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

90:00 +3:06 Booking

Booking Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces David McGoldrick.

90:00 +1:27

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

90:00 +0:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Reading 0. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

88:49

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

87:50

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town).

87:50

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:38

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

86:21

Hand ball by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

82:30

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

81:49

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:49

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

80:13

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David McGoldrick.

79:25

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

79:25

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:37

Offside, Reading. Kaspars Gorkss tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

78:03

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

76:13

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

76:09

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

73:34

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

73:34

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

71:30

Offside, Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick tries a through ball, but Jay Tabb is caught offside.

70:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

69:28

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Tabb.

69:16

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a through ball.

68:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:18

Delay in match Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

66:12

Delay in match Adam Le Fondre (Reading) because of an injury.

65:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jay Tabb replaces Stephen Hunt.

64:54

Offside, Reading. Jobi McAnuff tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

61:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Reading 0. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by David McGoldrick following a fast break.

57:03

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

53:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:24

Delay in match Alex McCarthy (Reading) because of an injury.

53:19 Booking

Booking Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:20

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

52:20

Alex McCarthy (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:11

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

52:09

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Chambers with a cross.

49:51

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell following a set piece situation.

49:13 Booking

Booking Alex Pearce (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

49:08

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

49:08

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

46:44

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

46:44

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Reading 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson replaces Carlos Edwards.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

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

44:32

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

44:30

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

42:48

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

42:02

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

39:34

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cole Skuse with a headed pass.

38:56

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

37:51

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:51

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

34:50

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

34:23

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

34:23

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:22

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:22

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

31:27

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe with a cross following a corner.

31:04

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

29:56

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

29:56

Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:16

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:16

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

28:17

Attempt blocked. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass.

28:11

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:44

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

26:42

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:47

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

18:47

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:19

Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

13:24

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

13:24

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:26

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Garath McCleary.

12:24

Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

11:58

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

10:27

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

9:27

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

9:27

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:55

Attempt blocked. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.

4:46

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Gerken.

2:09

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

1:44

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

1:44

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:18

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre following a fast break.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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