Ipswich Town 3 - 0 Millwall

Match info: Championship at Portman Road

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: D Coote Att: 17,380

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Ipswich

DJ Campbell 37,64 (pen)
Daryl Murphy 50

3
vs
0

Millwall


FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 19:04 GMT

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was keeping his feet firmly on the ground after seeing his side continue their explosive run of form with a 3-0 win against Millwall.

Mick McCarthy: Proud of his team's efforts against Millwall
Mick McCarthy: Proud of his team's efforts against Millwall

The Lions had been on a magnificent 13-game unbeaten run but were swept aside at Portman Road, after two goals from DJ Campbell and one from Daryl Murphy.

The win made it 16 points from a possible 24 since McCarthy replaced Paul Jewell, but the Town boss said: "I like the fact our supporters are getting excited but I'm not getting carried away.

"We've got Leeds away next weekend and then a really tough Christmas period.

"Everyone is starting to talk differently, rather than about staying up, but I'm just happy with the points on Saturday.

"I was delighted and thought we deserved it, although I wouldn't say it was easy. The lads are knackered and really put a shift in.

"Teams only play as much as we allow them to and I thought our boys were terrific in stopping Millwall play."

McCarthy again underlined his desire to keep Campbell at the club, after the on-loan QPR striker took his tally to eight goals in 12 games.

"I left Harry Redknapp a message the other day but I think he's got plenty on at the moment," he said.

"We can't do anything about it anyway. It'll run its course but other people will be interested because he's scoring goals.

"He wants to sign for a club permanently and we'd like to take him, but there will be mitigating circumstances."

Millwall had the better chances in the first half and Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson made brilliant saves to deny Andy Keogh, Liam Trotter and James Henry.

Chris Wood also missed a golden chance from close range and the visitors were punished when Campbell broke the deadlock, netting from close range after a low cross Aaron Cresswell.

Town doubled their lead five minutes after the break when Campbell got the better of Danny Shittu and crossed for Murphy to slam home

And soon after the hour it was three, when Lions left-back Shane Lowry handled the ball under pressure from Murphy and Campbell confidently stepped forward to double his tally from the spot.

Millwall boss Kenny Jackett felt his side should have been in front at the break.

"We should have been a goal ahead," he said.

"Wood's (disallowed) goal from Lowry's pass was clearly onside, having seen it again, but we've gone in 1-0 down.

"Their keeper has made three very good saves and we've had an onside goal disallowed.

"We could have been one or two up in that period, but instead we found ourselves 1-0 down.

"The start of the second half was poor for us. Two poor goals took the game away from us.

"We've been defending very well, but Murphy and Campbell were a handful for us and made key contributions for Ipswich.

"We kept going and battling but couldn't quite make a breakthrough, to get back in the game.

"Ipswich had an intensity but we needed that goal in the first half to give us something to build on."


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