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Sky Bet Championship: Daryl Murphy stunner leads Ipswich to win

Jonathan Parr's first goal in more than two and a half years and a stunning effort from Daryl Murphy gave Ipswich their second 2-0 home win in four days.

Brighton went the same way as Millwall on Saturday after an entertaining game was deservedly won by the Tractor Boys, who moved into the top 10 in the Sky Bet Championship thanks to back-to-back wins.

Parr broke the deadlock in the 79th minute after firing home a rebound when Jay Tabb's shot was well blocked by David Stockdale, who could not come close to Murphy's audacious first-time shot from an acute angle with two minutes remaining.

The first chance of note came in the 16th minute when a raking crossfield pass from Teddy Bishop found Tyrone Mings.

The initial pass was matched by the cross met by Paul Anderson but his header just evaded the back post.

Anderson again went close in an almost carbon-copy move shortly before the 20th minute mark, while at the other end, Danny Holla's low shot on a wet surface had Dean Gerken sprawling to his left.

The deadlock was almost broken in the 26th minute when David McGoldrick released strike partner Murphy but the Ipswich frontman could only clip the top of the crossbar when clean through.

It was then Brighton's turn to go close to grabbing the first goal when Kazenga LuaLua burst clear down the left and his neat lay-off was met by Sam Baldock, whose low 20-yard shot was superbly tipped away by Gerken.

Gerken was again called on to display fantastic reflexes six minutes after the restart when Lewis Dunk powerfully met Holla's corner but he could find no way past the Ipswich keeper.

The game was getting stretched and Gerken pushed away a powerful drive from Lualua in the 55th minute.

Anderson fired a 20-yard volley wide after latching on to a mistake from Jake Forster-Caskey before Mings went agonisingly close to opening the scoring with 62 on the clock.

McGoldrick's low cross was flicked goalwards by the heel of the left-back but it brought out the best in Stockdale who flung himself to divert the ball over the bar.

Stockdale again denied Mings, this time at his near post, before the deadlock was finally broken 11 minutes from time.

Great work down the left by substitute Alex Henshall and Mings led to Tabb's shot being smothered by Stockdale, but Parr was on hand to bundle home the rebound.

The points were made safe in emphatic style when Mings' long ball down the left was chased down by Murphy, whose excellent, first-time shot from the left side of the 18-yard box found the far corner.


Headlines for Ipswich this week

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  • Sky Bet Championship: Daryl Murphy stunner leads Ipswich to win


  • Jonathan Parr's first goal in more than two and a half years and a stunning effort from Daryl Murphy gave Ipswich their second 2-0 home win in four days.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Mick McCarthy praises Tyrone Mings after win over Brighton


  • Mick McCarthy praised the performance of Tyrone Mings after the left-back played a pivotal role in Ipswich's 2-0 home win over Brighton.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison training with Birmingham


  • Birmingham are taking a look at ex-West Ham midfielder Jack Collison, who is considering an offer from Ipswich.

  • Transfer news: Neil Warnock eager to retain Jonny Williams amid loan speculation


  • Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has denied speculation linking Jonny Williams with a loan to the Championship.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich weather early storm to cruise to 2-0 win over Millwall


  • Ipswich claimed their first victory since the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season after beating Millwall 2-0 at Portman Road.

  • Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy hails David McGoldrick after win


  • Mick McCarthy paid tribute to David McGoldrick after his marksman set Ipswich on the way to a 2-0 win over Millwall.

  • Transfer news: Former Ipswich Town midfielder Darren Ambrose rejoins club


  • Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy has strengthened his squad by bringing midfielder Darren Ambrose back to Portman Road until January.

  • Transfer news: Ipswich duo Teddy Bishop and Matt Clarke handed new deals


  • Ipswich youngsters Teddy Bishop and Matt Clarke have committed their futures to the club by signing contract extensions that will keep them at Portman Road for at least the next two seasons.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Toon eye Mendy


  • Newcastle want Nice midfielder Nampalys Mendy as a replacement for Cheick Tiote, while Lucas Piazon fears for his future at Chelsea.

  • Championship: Mick McCarthy has no regrets over loaning Paul Taylor to Rotherham


  • Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy insists he has no regrets over allowing striker Paul Taylor to join Rotherham on loan.