Winger inspires Seag­ulls to top of Cham­pi­onship

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Pre­vi­ously un­beaten Ip­swich were shell-shocked dur­ing a woe­ful first-half per­for­mance where they strug­gled in pos­ses­sion and had no an­swer to Brighton’s ex­cel­lent tenac­ity and quick counter at­tack­ing.

The home side im­proved af­ter the restart with McGoldrick’s in­tro­duc­tion at half-time par­tic­u­larly telling.

Sears, the only Ip­swich player who de­served praise in the first half, brought hope to the ma­jor­ity in­side Port­man Road, fir­ing in af­ter Brett Pit­man had hit the post.

Then Ryan Fraser was fouled by Bruno in­side the area and McGoldrick rolled the spot-kick home.

But the come­back was quickly damp­ened by Hemed’s header which claimed a de­served three points.

Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy pre­ferred to heap praise on the op­po­si­tion rather than dis­cuss his side’s be­low-par first half show.

McCarthy said: “I think Brighton are a very good side, they started well and were the bet­ter team.

“In the first half they were ex­cel­lent – you have to give them credit. But I thought our re­sponse in the sec­ond half was great.

“Then their third goal came off a de­flected cross which wrong-footed my de­fend­ers, though we also made a few lit­tle er­rors lead­ing up to it. Now we know what ev­ery­one else in the league feels like.”

Hughton ded­i­cated the three points to the mem­ory of club em­ployee Matt Grim­stone and sup­porter Ja­cob Schilt, who both lost their lives in the Shore­ham air crash while trav­el­ling to play in a game for Non-League Wor­thing United.

He said: “The club has done an in­cred­i­ble job in help­ing the lo­cal po­lice and ev­ery­one wanted to do well for Matt and Ja­cob.”

SEAR­ING START: Fred­die Sears nets the Ip­swich opener

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