Cut-price Ipswich have swag­ger

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham

THEY may have cost just £10,000 in trans­fer fees, but Mick McCarthy’s men cur­rently look price­less after mak­ing it four straight wins to pro­pel them­selves into the play-off spots.

In-form Ipswich put Rother­ham to the sword. thanks to two goals in the first six min­utes as deadly duo Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick con­tin­ued their fine start to the sea­son.

Murphy’s close-range header and a beauty from his strike part­ner proved the dif­fer­ence, with Ipswich then happy to sit back and soak up any pres­sure from plucky Rother­ham after the in­ter­val.

McCarthy said:“Septem­ber has gone par­tic­u­larly well.

“We have had a good time although we have car­ried a bit of luck.

“We have played well and gained mo­men­tum. We were fan­tas­tic in the first half, although we didn’t push on.

“I will have a look at the match and an­a­lyse it more.”

On the back of three straight wins, Ipswich sup­port­ers were al­ready buoy­ant as they ar­rived at Port­man Road. Six min­utes after 3pm, it just got bet­ter and bet­ter for those of a Suf­folk per­sua­sion.

Scott Loach, the Millers’ keeper and boy­hood Ipswich fan, had al­ready de­nied Murphy with a smart save at his near post be­fore the same player got the bet­ter of him from inside the six-yard­box with just three min­utes on the clock.

The lead was quickly dou­bled when McGoldrick showed all his class, shift­ing the ball to his sup­posed weaker left foot and fir­ing a pre­cise shot into the cor­ner from 25 yards.

McCarthy hailed the form of his front pair­ing and de­clared McGoldrick one of the best strik­ers in the league.

The Town boss was also quick to praise the re­ac­tion of Rother­ham – and rightly so.

They slowly worked their way back into the game, thanks to a se­ries of halfchances, with Ryan Hall’s header lack­ing suf­fi­cient power to trou­ble Dean Gerken.

The points were almost safe shortly after the restart when Frazer Richard­son’s woe­ful back header was seized on by Conor Sam­mon, but he was de­nied by the foot of the post.

In­stead, Town went fur­ther and fur­ther back. Rother­ham dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion and shots with­out truly threat­en­ing Gerken’s goal.

The clos­est mo­ment for the vis­i­tors came from Richard­son, who skied a re­bound after the keeper had de­nied Paul Green’s free-kick.

Rother­ham num­ber two Paul Rayner said: “It is nice get­ting th­ese plau­dits but we would pre­fer scruffy one-nils and get­ting more points on the board.

“We are evolv­ing and we are no longer in awe of the names or the play­ers in this league.

“We have again proved we can com­pete and we have again shown our spirit and to­geth­er­ness. There were lots of plusses.”

PIC­TURES: Ray Lawrence/TGSPHOTO

BLUE HEAVEN: Daryl Murphy turns away after scor­ing Ipswich’s open­ing goal

JOY: David McGoldrick

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