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Ipswich Town 2-0 Blackburn Rovers

Daryl Murphy scores his penalty
Daryl Murphy's penalty was his first of the season

Birthday boy Daryl Murphy scored twice to put Ipswich within a point of the Championship play-off places.

Murphy broke the deadlock from the penalty spot in the 67th minute after Luke Chambers had been fouled.

The striker marked his 33rd birthday by making the game safe by firing home his 10th goal of the season from 18 yards.

Mid-table Blackburn had started brightly and Simeon Jackson and Shane Duffy both forced Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski into early saves.

The victory, Ipswich's third in five games, leaves Mick McCarthy's side level on points with seventh-placed Cardiff and both sides are hot on the heels of Sheffield Wednesday with nine games remaining.

Blackburn remain 16th - seven points above revitalised Rotherham - after their third defeat in four matches.

Despite Rovers' bright start, they could not build on it and once they fell behind they never looked like getting back into the match.

Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Steele denied Brett Pitman in the first half and went the right way for Murphy's penalty but had no chance of saving his second.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"I thought it was a great victory. It was a tough, hard-fought match which I thought they had the better of at the start.

"But we slowly got into the match and we were deserved winners in the end.

"We have been here before - sometimes you have to stick with it, win the scrap, make sure you don't concede and then you always have a chance."

"Murph has had it tough this year with a few knocks and niggles. But I thought his performance tonight was excellent and his second goal was outstanding."

Blackburn Rovers manager Paul Lambert:

"We have played well of late so I am disappointed with tonight.

"That was our 10th match in 30-odd days so I had to make changes as some of the lads were running on empty.

"A lot of our fans came to watch and they deserved better than what we showed in the second half - we were rotten.

"I have no complaints about the penalty, it was a stone-waller, but I expected better when we went a goal behind."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 19HyamBooked at 63mins
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forFoleyat 76'minutes
  • 22DouglasBooked at 77mins
  • 20Sears
  • 9Murphy
  • 11PitmanSubstituted forVarneyat 64'minutesSubstituted forDigbyat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 15Pringle
  • 17Bru
  • 37Digby
  • 39Toure
  • 42Varney
  • 44Foley

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 3Spurr
  • 29EvansBooked at 29minsSubstituted forLenihanat 45'minutes
  • 21Akpan
  • 16GrimesSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 75'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 9Brown
  • 35JacksonSubstituted forWattat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Watt
  • 10Marshall
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 15Ward
  • 26Lenihan
  • 32Conway
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
16,488

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Digby replaces Luke Varney because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Blackburn Rovers 0. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Varney.

Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Henley.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Luke Varney.

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

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Booking

Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Foley replaces Cole Skuse.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tony Watt replaces Simeon Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jordi Gómez replaces Matt Grimes.

Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 0. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Hope Akpan.

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

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Brett Pitman.

Booking

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

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Thomas Spurr tries a through ball, but Simeon Jackson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Henley with a cross.

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hope Akpan with a headed pass.

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

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Blackburn Rovers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley372111560303074
2Brighton371814550341668
3Middlesbrough36207947232467
4Hull36199850222866
5Derby371613850351561
6Sheff Wed371514853361759
7Cardiff37151394840858
8Ipswich371610114643358
9Birmingham361510114034655
10Preston371313113534152
11QPR371214114642450
12Wolves371211144550-547
13Leeds361114113641-547
14Nottm Forest371113133435-146
15Reading361111144142-144
16Blackburn371013143636043
17Brentford36127174858-1043
18Huddersfield37119174852-442
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
20Fulham37813165663-737
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
22Rotherham37106214362-1936
23Charlton37711193466-3232
24Bolton37414193662-2626
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