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Ipswich Town 0-1 Burnley

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."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 22GerkenSubstituted forLoachat 39'minutes
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forTabbat 85'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 9MurphySubstituted forNoubleat 85'minutes
  • 16Tunnicliffe

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 2Hewitt
  • 7Edwards
  • 15Mings
  • 18Tabb
  • 34Marriott
  • 35Nouble

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 6Mee
  • 8MarneySubstituted forEdgarat 88'minutes
  • 4Duff
  • 5Shackell
  • 19KightlySubstituted forTreacyat 82'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 10Ings
  • 9Vokes
  • 37Arfield

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 11Stanislas
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 22Stock
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
16,062

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 1.
Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. David Edgar replaces Dean Marney.
Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).
Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jay Tabb replaces Paul Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Daryl Murphy.
David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

Substitution

Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Michael Kightly.

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.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Hyam.
Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).
Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).
Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).
Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).
Offside, Burnley. Ben Mee tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Jones with a cross.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.
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.
Attempt saved. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ings.
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).
Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
Offside, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.
Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).
Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
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.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jason Shackell.
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.
Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

Second Half

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Burnley 0.
Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Scott Arfield.
Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a cross.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Scott Loach replaces Dean Gerken because of an injury.
Delay in match Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Dean Gerken (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley129211529
2QPR118301027
3Leicester12822726
4Nottm Forest12651823
5Blackpool12651523
6Reading12642822
7Watford126331021
8Derby12534418
9Bournemouth12525-617
10Blackburn12435315
11Ipswich12435215
12Wigan10424314
13Huddersfield12354214
14Brighton12354-114
15Leeds11425-314
16Middlesbrough12264-212
17Doncaster11335-512
18Millwall12336-1112
19Birmingham11317-210
20Charlton11245-510
21Bolton12165-99
22Barnsley12228-158
23Sheff Wed11074-67
24Yeovil12138-126
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