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The John Smith's Stadium (ATT 11,857) 8th April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Huddsf'ld Huddersfield Town vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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Ipswich 2

P Anderson (6)
D Murphy (33)

Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich ease to 2-0 win over Huddersfield

Last Updated: 08/04/14 10:12pm

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Paul Anderson: Struck the opening goal for Ipswich

Paul Anderson: Struck the opening goal for Ipswich

Winger Paul Anderson boosted Ipswich's play-off hopes with an early belter to help his side claim a 2-0 win at lacklustre Huddersfield.

The visitors had already gone close twice through Daryl Murphy when Anderson curled in a beauty from the edge of the box after just six minutes.

Murphy, who also had other efforts in the first half, then doubled the lead on 33 minutes by poking home.

Christophe Berra turned the ball back in after Huddersfield only half-cleared a corner and the unmarked Murphy struck from close range for his 12th goal of the season.

Murphy grabbed the winner as the Tractor Boys came from a goal down to beat Huddersfield 2-1 at Portman Road in December.

Nothing went right for Huddersfield, who are now without a win in eight games and in danger of being sucked into a relegation battle.

Their night was summed up in the 39th minute when Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken made a hash of a clearance and left himself open to a lob.

The ball fell kindly for Huddersfield midfielder Oscar Gobern just outside the box but he took a swing and missed it.

Nahki Wells also created a chance for Danny Ward just before the break but the winger, who was off balance, shot wide.

There were no such problems for Ipswich, who controlled possession and had further chances through the industrious Jonny Williams.

The on-loan Crystal Palace star was involved when Luke Chambers saw a goalbound effort deflected over by Anthony Gerrard in the 18th minute.

Williams, who last week extended his loan at Portman Road until the end of the season, also twice put Murphy through in quick succession only for Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies to deny him.

The Wales midfielder, 20, then shot straight at Smithies after speeding past Adam Clayton on a solo run two minutes before the break.

His workrate was so impressive that Williams was applauded by some home fans when he was substituted after 85 minutes.

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins made changes in a bid to pep up his side, with Sean Scannell coming on at half-time.

Academy product Duane Holmes entered the fray early in the second half and the pair did help lift Town's gloomy show.

But despite an improvement Ipswich held firm and the home side looked vulnerable to counter-attacks.

There were half-chances for Wells and Scannell while Smithies had to dash out to deny Stephen Hunt on a breakaway.

On another counter Anderson forced Smithies into a one-handed save from a tight angle after 72 minutes.

Holmes set up Gobern, who got Huddersfield's first shot on target with 10 minutes left, with Gerken saving with his legs.

Scannell shot wide on 83 minutes, though the visitors were not threatened again in their quest to reach the play-offs for the first time since 2005.

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1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13