Select a Team

Sky Bet Championship

Portman Road (ATT 17,218) 9th August 2014 - Kick off 17:15

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Fulham Fulham

Ipswich 2

D Murphy (32)
D McGoldrick (61)

ft

Fulham 1

T Hoogland (86)

Sky Sports 1 HD

Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich beat Fulham 2-1 at Portman Road

Last Updated: 12/08/14 2:53pm

  • Share:

Goals from Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick earned Ipswich Town a 2-1 win over Fulham in their Championship opener.

Daryl Murphy scored one and made one as Ipswich got their Sky Bet Championship season off to a flyer with a 2-1 win at the expense of new-look Fulham.

The Irish striker netted a powerful opener on 32 minutes before his cross was only cleared to substitute David McGoldrick, who coolly doubled the hosts' advantage.

Tim Hoogland set up a nervous finish when his shot was deflected in with four minutes remaining, but Ipswich controlled much of the match and deserved the three points.

Fielding eight debutants, including five in their back line, nervy Fulham conceded a corner after 17 seconds as Ipswich created the early chances through Christophe Berra's powerful header and Luke Hyam shooting just wide.

After 11 minutes, Fulham finally fashioned a decent opening after Scott Parker's exquisite ball played in the marauding Hoogland.

The right-back fed Chris David but he screwed his shot wide after taking up a good position.

Ipswich remained the most likely to open the scoring, Cole Skuse volleying just over with 17 minutes on the clock.

The visitors almost capitalised on an error by Dean Gerken when the Town goalkeeper fumbled David's 20-yard shot but he made amends to deny Moussa Dembele with his legs.

Although Fulham were enjoying the majority of possession, Ipswich continued to create half chances with Skuse again finding space, if not the target, with another dipping volley.

And it was the hosts who broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when Hyam's incisive through ball released Murphy, who outpaced Shaun Hutchinson before making no mistake with a powerful finish.

Fulham were visibly deflated by the setback but they looked for a quick recovery after the interval and the impressive Konstantinos Stafylidis fizzed a 25-yard shot just over.

Ipswich were looking strong at the back and doubled their advantage at the other end on 62 minutes.

Murphy was again too strong for Hutchinson on the left wing and, while his low cross was half cleared, it fell perfectly for McGoldrick to open his account for the season.

It was now comfortable for the hosts with Fulham looking a beaten outfit well before the final whistle.

Anthony Wordsworth should have added a third 11 minutes from time when he headed over from 10 yards following excellent work from McGoldrick and Luke Chambers.

McGoldrick called Joronen into action from the corner of the penalty area after yet more tenacious play by Jay Tabb before Fulham pulled a goal back out of nothing.

Hoogland cut inside Tyrone Mings and his weak shot took a wicked deflection off the body of Tommy Smith to take it past Gerken's near post.

The lifeline galvanised Fulham and another deflection almost gave Patrick Roberts an equaliser, but Town held on to claim all three points.

  • Share:

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

Related