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Portman Road (ATT 17,183) 10th August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Millwall Millwall

Ipswich 3

S Lowry (og 63)
T Smith (70)
P Anderson (83)

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Championship: Three second-half goals give Ipswich 3-0 win over Millwall

Last Updated: 12/08/13 10:33am

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Tommy Smith: Headed in Ipswich's second goal

Tommy Smith: Headed in Ipswich's second goal

A confident second-half display saw Ipswich celebrate Sir Bobby Robson Day in style with a 3-0 win over Millwall - their first victory of the Sky Bet Championship season.

The club who Robson guided to the FA Cup and UEFA Cup comfortably took the points against Millwall with three goals in the final half-hour.

Millwall were their own worst enemy after a mistake from Jack Smith led to Shane Lowry diverting into his own net and then centre-back Mark Beevers got the final touch to Paul Anderson's header for the third.

In between, a powerful header from Tommy Smith crashed into the roof of the Millwall net as Ipswich got over their shock Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Stevenage.

The scoreline did not flatter the hosts, who should have gone into the interval at least one goal to the good after shading the first half.

Striker David McGoldrick was their dangerman, going close on three separate occasions.

After just five minutes, the Town striker got on the end of Cole Skuse's looping through ball but his attempts to round Stephen Bywater were thwarted by the Millwall keeper.

McGoldrick then went close in the 17th minute when he met Aaron Cresswell's teasing inswinging free-kick but saw his header sail agonisingly wide of the far post.

All Millwall could muster was a 25-yard shot from James Henry which failed to trouble Scott Loach.

McGoldrick's best moment of the first half came in the 34th minute and was all of his own making. Outmuscling Beevers, he twisted and turned past Lowry before firing a goalbound shot that was superbly tipped away by the outstretched Bywater.

Millwall showed more fight in the early stages of the second half with Richard Chaplow heading a great chance wide following good work from new loan signing Shaun Derry on the by-line.

But their early second-half promise was quickly undone by a moment of hesitation from Smith.

Dithering in his own area, the right-back was dispossessed by Cresswell, whose low cross was blocked by Bywater but only into the path of the unfortunate Lowry for an own goal.

In the 70th minute, the game was all but over as Ipswich doubled their lead. A needless free-kick was given away by Lowry near the corner flag and it proved costly as Smith rose highest to powerfully head home Anderson's delivery.

And it was three with eight minutes left as a patient build-up saw Elliott Hewitt cross and Anderson head home via a deflection off Beevers.

It could have been even worse for the Lions after Manchester United loanee Ryan Tunnicliffe burst clear but his shot lacked the power to beat Bywater.

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1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26