Ipswich moved to within five points of the Championship top six with a win at fellow play-off contenders Brighton.

The visitors scored when goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak misjudged Stephen Hunt's corner and Daryl Murphy's header was tapped in by defender Tommy Smith.

Leonardo Ulloa almost levelled nine minutes later but his header from Jesse Lingard's cross went narrowly wide.

Ipswich doubled their advantage with 10 minutes left through Murphy's header after a delivery from Jonny Williams.

The result keeps Ipswich in ninth position in the Championship, but brings them a point closer to the play-offs.

Brighton, one place and two points ahead of Town, lost for only the second time at home in 12 matches in all competitions.

In front of a crowd of 29,093 - the biggest at the Amex Stadium this season - the Seagulls should have gone ahead in only the fifth minute when Lingard shot straight at visiting goalkeeper Dean Gerken after bursting through.

Brighton had a penalty appeal waved away when Lingard went over following a challenge by Christophe Berra before Ulloa's header was saved by Gerken.

But the visitors took the lead in the second half when Smith scored for the second successive match.

Ulloa, Brighton's top scorer with 12 goals this season, wasted a chance to equalise before Murphy's header secured a valuable three points for Mick McCarthy's side.

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"Anyone saying that we didn't create enough chances hasn't been at the game.

"I don't look at the table but we have a game at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday and we're looking forward to getting back to winning ways.

"We created more than enough chances to win the game but we didn't take them so we have to learn, improve on some things and move on."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"We've still got a chance of the play-offs. We've now got to play Derby and Nottingham Forest and we'll know more by the end of the week.

"We did the right things, took our chances and it was a huge win.

"It's a difficult place to come. Brighton are a good side in the way they play out from the back and play good football."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno Booked
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 18 Forster-Caskey (Lua Lua - 61' )
  • 38 Ince
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 30 Buckley (Rodríguez Sánchez - 87' )
  • 35 Lingard (March - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 05 Dunk
  • 06 Stephens
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14 Calderón
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 27 March

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith Booked
  • 11 Anderson (Tabb - 74' )
  • 19 Hyam
  • 09 Murphy
  • 25 Williams (Mings - 84' )
  • 12 Hunt (Green - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 15 Mings
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Tabb
  • 24 Richardson
  • 27 Ebanks-Blake
  • 35 Nouble
Ref: Darren Drysdale
Att: 29,093

Match Stats

Shots

22 12

On target

5 4

Corners

9 5

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 2.

90:00 +5:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 2.

90:00 +3:42

Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gordon Greer following a corner.

90:00 +3:14

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

90:00 +2:29

Attempt saved. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Solly March.

90:00 +0:50

Foul by Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +0:50

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:53

Attempt saved. David Rodríguez (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

88:22

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:22

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

86:54

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

86:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David Rodríguez replaces William Buckley.

85:57

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross.

83:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Jonathan Williams.

83:17

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

79:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 2. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

78:40 Booking

Booking Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:28

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:28

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

77:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Jesse Lingard.

76:44

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

76:42

Attempt blocked. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

74:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Green replaces Stephen Hunt.

74:00

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

73:17 Substitution

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

71:04

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

71:04

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

70:36

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

70:30

Attempt blocked. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

69:51

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:51

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

68:33

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jesse Lingard with a cross.

66:17

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:17

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

65:17

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

64:23

Attempt missed. Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by Rohan Ince following a set piece situation.

63:38

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:38

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

62:54

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

62:32

Attempt blocked. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

62:31

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross following a corner.

62:07

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

60:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

59:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 1. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass following a corner.

59:04

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

58:36

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

58:36

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:48

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:48

Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

56:46

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:46

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

56:00

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keith Andrews with a cross.

54:24

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Christophe Berra following a corner.

53:43

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

52:02

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

52:02

Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:42

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

49:10

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

49:06

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:54

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

47:06

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

47:06

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:07

Attempt missed. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

45:57

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +2:18 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +1:20

Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:20

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

44:41

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew Upson with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

43:47

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:47

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

43:14

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:14

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

42:22

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Jesse Lingard is caught offside.

41:18

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:18

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

39:15

Foul by Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion).

39:15

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:08

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Buckley.

36:58

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.

36:22

Hand ball by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

33:56

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Bruno.

33:53

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

32:55 Booking

Booking Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

32:50

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

32:50

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

32:09

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Stephen Ward tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

31:06

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Keith Andrews.

25:51

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

25:51

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

23:34

Offside, Ipswich Town. Daryl Murphy tries a through ball, but Jonathan Williams is caught offside.

23:33

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

21:32

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

20:50

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

18:29

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

17:44

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

11:19

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

10:31

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:31

Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

10:23

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

8:11

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

8:11

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:56

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christophe Berra with a headed pass.

7:27

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

6:37

Attempt saved. Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a headed pass.

6:07

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Matthew Upson.

5:24

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

5:24

Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:51

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno with a through ball.

4:20

Attempt missed. Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Wordsworth.

3:29

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jesse Lingard tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

1:48

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomasz Kuszczak tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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