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Albion v Ipswich Town - from the Amex
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- ALBION 0 IPSWICH 2
- SECOND-HALF DOUBLE SINKS SEAGULLS
- Smith heads in from corner (60)
- Murphy heads in second (80)
- Gerken denies Lingard at 0-0
- Williams goal ruled out
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
Ince had a low 25-yarder held by Gerken in added time
Final: Albion 0 Ipswich 2
Rodriguez got a header on target from Ward's cross but it provided an easy catch for Gerken.
Andrews was still trying to create. He stood up an inviting cross into the goalmouth but no one was able to produce a decisive touch.
LuaLua's inswinging cross, possibly lightly touched by the head of Ulloa, curled just wide of the far post.
But time was running out now - and home fans were leaving in their droves.
Rodriguez went on for Buckley.
Williams gave a victory salute to Ipswich fans as he was replaced by Mings a few minutes later.
Williams produced magic tight to the corner flag to give Ipswich the chance to take a stranglehold on proceedings. He wriggled away from Buckley to make space and then crossed for MURPHY to head across Kuszczak and inside the far post.
Smith was the first Ipswich man in the book for a bodycheck on Buckley as the winger charged down the right wing. But March wasted the set-piece when his delivery was overhit.
Att: 29,093 (1,784 away)
LuaLua had made a difference. His carefully curled cross was right on the head of Ulloa, who headed over from close range. But the striker's blushes were spared by an offside flag.
March was next to be introduced, in place of Lingard.
As Ipswich chased a killer second goal on the counter, Murphy saw his drive blocked by Bruno.
Ipswich sent on Tabb for Hunt and, at the same stoppage, Green for Anderson.
Andrews was pulling the strings now from midfield and a super pass almost led to a leveller. He angled a long ball out to the left for Lingard, who checked back on to his right foot and crossed. Ulloa met it with a glancing header which sent the ball bouncing just the wrong side of the far upright.
As pressure continued, LuaLua saw his blast ricochet crazily off two defenders and loop up to Lingard, whose header across goal was blocked.
Ward got a great near post flick to the resulting corner but the ball flew untouched across the face of goal.
Albion sent on LuaLua for Forster-Caskey before play resumed after the goal.
He quickly won a corner which led to a goalmouth melee - but no more than that.
Then Bruno sent a low shot wide from just outside the box.
Ipswich have been a threat from corners all season - and they used a flag kick to go ahead in the 61st minute. A deep delivery was headed goalwards by Murphy and SMITH got there before Kuszczak to head in from point blank range.
It was better from Albion - but then Ipswich had a bit of possession which led to Anderson winning a corner which he worked short with Williams before crossing.
The ball bounced around the box before Hunt half-volleyed horribly over the bar and into the Ipswich fans at that end.
Then Albion worked a presentable chance after good work by Ince in midfield. Bruno slid a nicely disguised pass to Andrews down the right and he picked out Buckley for a header which went three yards wide.
Albion were in the attack after the break - and almost got the goal they craved.
Bruno played the ball back to Andrews, whose cross reached Lingard for a 20-yard volley which went through a group of players and was superbly tipped away from his bottom corner by Gerken.
Forster-Caskey produced his best free-kick so far as the half entered two added minutes to pick out Upson beyond the far post. Upson headed the ball back and Ward sent a difficult chance - hooked over his shoulder as he fell - over the bar.
Half: Albion 0 Ipswich 0
Inventive work by Buckley, popping up on the left, almost brought the breakthrough. He played a one-two, got to the byline and rolled the ball back. But Lingard sent his low shot across goal and just past the far post.
Andrews did brilliantly to win the ball off Ipswich in midfield and find Ulloa - but the latter's return pass was off target.
Bruno, who had already been spoken to by Drysdale, was booked for a foul.
Then the home right-back was almost unwittingly involved in an opening goal for Ipswich. He got a foot to Cresswell's shot from outside the box and the ball span into the air before landing on the top of the net as Kuszczak back-pedalled.
It was becoming quite cagey - and a test of patience for Albion and their fans.
Lingard raised hopes when he cut in from the left but, in a carbon copy effort to one in the second half at Bolton last week, sliced his shot well wide.
A wayward attempt at a return pass by Buckley to Bruno on halfway put Albion in trouble. Cresswell crossed, Murphy miscued his shot and Williams followed up to net - but he was flagged offside.
Murphy sent a half-chance five yards wide as he turned on to Cresswell's low cross.
But Albion were on top now and Lingard forced a corner which Smith seemed to head past his own post - but a goal kick was awarded.
Bruno was delighting the crowd with some clever passes. He deftly sent Buckley inside his full-back and to the byline but the low cross was cut out - as was Bruno's follow-up delivery into the box.
Then Greer, up for a corner, nodded Andrews' deep chip back into the goalmouth but no home player could latch on to it.
The clearance came to Bruno. The right-back curled a pinpoint cross with pace for Ulloa, whose downward header was held quite comfortably by Gerken diving to his right.
Lingard went down in a tangle of legs with Berra right on the edge of the box but ref Drysdale waved play on.
Murphy cut inside a tackle with ease and saw a goalbound shot blocked.
But Albion responded and Bruno's cross was just too high for Ulloa to make decisive contact at the far post.
But it was Albion who should have gone ahead when Bruno chipped a terrific pass into the path of Lingard, in behind the defence. He kept the ball ahead of him for a touch but then seemed to lose his footing and shot weakly at Gerken.
Play moved to the other end and the ball bounced dangerously around the Albion box after a corner before being cleared.
Then Cresswell drilled in a low cross which Greer put into the North Stand for their second corner.
Berra, at the far post, nodded the corner back into the goalmouth but Williams was unable to get a telling touch in front of goal and Kuszczak gathered.
Other than that Lingard opening, it was a rather lack-lustre start by the hosts.
It was a fairly low key start - beneath blue skies and in a chill wind - as the sides felt each other out.
Williams was booed first time he touched the ball.
Town offered a hint of threat when Anderson got the ball to the left of goal and flashed a cross across goalmouth.
Albion going North to South in this first half.
So Forest have come a cropper.
Now can Albion make another move on the top six with a third win in a row.
We are told Ipswich will make it very tough. They are clinging to a play-off dream of their own.
The Amex is looking fantastic and the teams are on their way out now.
Not long to go.
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