An inexperienced Fulham side began their Championship campaign poorly as they were beaten by Ipswich Town.

The Cottagers, relegated last season after 13 years in the Premier League, included eight debutants in their team.

Ipswich's Daryl Murphy collected Luke Hyam's pass to fire past Jesse Joronen, before David McGoldrick added a second goal with a low shot from 18 yards out.

Tim Hoogland's deflected late strike gave Fulham hope of snatching a draw, but the hosts held on for the victory.

It was a hugely disappointing day for Fulham, playing their first game in the second tier of English football since May 2001.

Only captain Scott Parker started from Felix Magath's side that began their last Premier League match and the German boss handed a full debut to Ross McCormack.

But the Scottish striker, who moved to Fulham in an £11m transfer from Leeds United, saw little of the ball, failed to create any chances and was replaced after 57 minutes.

Did you know?

Fulham's last victory against Ipswich came on 26 December, 1963, when they won 10-1 at Craven Cottage. It remains Fulham's best win and Ipswich's joint-heaviest defeat.

The London side offered little until the last 15 minutes when, trailing 2-0, they brought on England Under-17 striker Patrick Roberts.

He produced a lively cameo, taking on and beating his opponent regularly, before playing a part in Hoogland's goal, although the defender's strike needed a deflection off Tommy Smith to take the ball past Dean Gerken.

Despite some late pressure, Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side, who finished four points adrift of the play-offs in 2013-14, claimed the three points.

Manager Mick McCarthy on Ipswich victory

They had made a bright start as Christophe Berra had a header tipped over by Joronen and Cole Skuse twice fired narrowly off target.

However, Moussa Dembele should have put Fulham ahead when Gerken fumbled Chris David's shot, but the Ipswich goalkeeper managed to recover to block the follow-up attempt. That miss proved crucial as Ipswich took a 32nd-minute lead.

Ex-England international Parker lost possession to Hyam and he released Murphy, who outpaced Shaun Hutchinson and finished past Joronen to put Town in front.

Ipswich doubled their lead after 61 minutes when Murphy's low cross fell to substitute McGoldrick and the forward, making his first appearance since February after a knee injury, scored his side's second.

That proved to be the decisive goal as the Suffolk side began their 13th successive season in English football's second tier with a win.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"It was a nervy end but I thought we deserved the win overall. Gerks (goakeeper Dean Gerken) has not had much to do and, while we didn't have a lot of the ball in the first half, we scored a good opener on the break.

"We are a better team with David McGoldrick in it. The fact he is now back is all down to his diligence and professionalism to get himself fit.

"He has worked really hard and was desperate to get back playing - and it was lovely to have him back."

Fulham manager Felix Magath:

"A lot of our young players are just out of the academy and they are not used to being tackled in that way.

"We knew before it was going to be a very tough match and the referee didn't have his best day."

David McGoldrick

David McGoldrick scored Ipswich's second goal after coming on as a 44th-minute substitute

Ipswich v Fulham

Fulham's team featured eight players who were making their debuts, including Shaun Hutchinson

Ross McCormack

Ross McCormack had a disappointing debut following his £11m move from Leeds to Fulham

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich Town

  • 01 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Mings Booked
  • 19 Hyam Booked (Bru - 82' )
  • 06 Berra Booked
  • 05 Smith
  • 21 Hewitt
  • 08 Skuse (Wordsworth - 70' )
  • 14 Bajner (McGoldrick - 44' )
  • 09 Murphy
  • 18 Tabb

Substitutes

  • 10 McGoldrick
  • 17 Bru
  • 22 Wordsworth
  • 23 Henshall
  • 33 Bialkowski
  • 34 Marriott
  • 35 Nouble

Fulham

  • 41 Joronen
  • 02 Hoogland
  • 03 Stafylidis
  • 38 Burgess
  • 06 Bodurov
  • 04 Hutchinson (Roberts - 74' )
  • 08 Parker
  • 30 David (Eisfeld - 45' )
  • 44 McCormack (Woodrow - 57' )
  • 25 Dembele
  • 28 Hyndman

Substitutes

  • 07 Eisfeld
  • 14 Roberts
  • 16 Woodrow
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 26 Fotheringham
  • 33 Burn
  • 40 Bettinelli
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 17,218

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

5 3

Corners

5 3

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Fulham 1.

90:00 +4:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Fulham 1.

90:00 +0:22

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Eisfeld with a cross following a corner.

89:57

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

89:55

Attempt blocked. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Eisfeld with a cross.

89:31

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

88:38

Attempt blocked. Patrick Roberts (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow.

87:18

Attempt missed. Patrick Roberts (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Eisfeld.

86:04 Booking

Booking Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

85:49

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:49

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

85:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Fulham 1. Tim Hoogland (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

84:32

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Wordsworth.

84:28

Foul by Patrick Roberts (Fulham).

84:28

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:10

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

81:53

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis with a cross.

81:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Luke Hyam because of an injury.

81:03

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

80:43 Booking

Booking Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:27

Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:27

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

78:59

Attempt missed. Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Chambers with a cross.

77:28

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

77:28

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

76:48

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

75:08

Hand ball by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

74:19

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.

73:32

Offside, Ipswich Town. Anthony Wordsworth tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

73:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Shaun Hutchinson.

72:42

Tim Hoogland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:42

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

71:59

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

69:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Anthony Wordsworth replaces Cole Skuse.

68:19

Attempt saved. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

67:49

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jesse Joronen.

67:17

Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).

67:17

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

64:02

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

64:02

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Fulham 0. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

59:03

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

58:25

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

58:25

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Ross McCormack.

55:17

Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).

55:17

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:17

Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:17

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

50:26

Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

48:53

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

47:25

Attempt missed. Elliott Hewitt (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luke Hyam.

46:27

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

45:34

Thomas Eisfeld (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:34

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Thomas Eisfeld replaces Chris David.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +0:26

Hand ball by Elliott Hewitt (Ipswich Town).

43:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick replaces Balint Bajner.

42:53

Attempt missed. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Moussa Dembele with a headed pass.

40:11

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:11

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

36:07 Booking

Booking Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

35:52

Attempt blocked. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.

34:54

Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).

34:54

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:07

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tyrone Mings.

32:30

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:30

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

31:26 Goal scored

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

30:10

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

27:07

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:07

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

24:04

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

24:01

Attempt saved. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.

23:23

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:23

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

21:04

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:04

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

19:25

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:25

Foul by Elliott Hewitt (Ipswich Town).

16:42

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

12:56

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:56

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

11:56

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:56

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

10:00

Attempt missed. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tim Hoogland following a fast break.

6:03

Offside, Fulham. Shaun Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

4:47

Attempt missed. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

4:07

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jesse Joronen.

4:04

Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyrone Mings with a cross.

3:50

Foul by Cameron Burgess (Fulham).

3:50

Balint Bajner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:18

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jesse Joronen.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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