REPORT: ALBION 3 IPSWICH 2
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Substitute Freddie Sears tucked the ball beyond Stockdale to set up a nervy end to the match, but Albion saw the game out to secure three valuable points.
Leon Best came out to make his Albion debut for the final 15 minutes taking the place of O’Grady, who received a standing ovation from the Amex crowd, but the carnival atmosphere inside the stadium was soon dispelled as Ipswich scored a second.
Baldock had a good chance to net his second of the game after latching onto Teixeira’s cross, but his left-footed strike was saved by the Ipswich keeper.
The Seagulls came out after the break with the same attacking endeavour, as O’Grady’s deflected strike almost caught out Bialkowski.
The Portuguese midfielder then capped off a memorable 45 minutes in first-half stoppage time, rifling home Bennett’s cross to put Albion in a commanding position.
The hosts grabbed a second goal nine minutes before the interval in spectacular fashion once again, as Teixeira skipped past three Town defenders before drilling the ball home.
Holla was the provider again just moments later as his corner was met by Hughes inside the area, but Bialkowski was on hand to tip over the header.
Hughton's men continued to be a threat from set pieces; Danny Holla floated the ball into the box and some shaky Ipswich defending saw the loose ball fall to O’Grady, only for the impressive forward to fire his effort over the bar.
Albion had two chances to re-take the lead from two corners in quick succession; Rohan Ince saw his header cleared off the line by Hunt before Aaron Hughes headed just over the bar.
But Town levelled three minutes later as Daryl Murphy met a cross from the right to score his 18th goal of the season.
The Seagulls took the lead in emphatic fashion after 19 minutes, as Baldock cut inside from the left and unleashed an unstoppable strike beyond Bartosz Bialkowski.
The Tractor Boys came close to finding the target when Jay Tabb dinked a ball towards Noel Hunt inside the six-yard box, but David Stockdale superbly tipped the Irishman's effort over the crossbar - unaware that the linesman had raised his flag.
Calderon then played in O’Grady just moments later, and the striker's dangerous delivery across the box was narrowly missed by Teixeira and Sam Baldock.
Albion started the game well, with Joe Bennett and O’Grady combining to set up Inigo Calderon inside the box, but the Spaniard scuffed his shot and Ipswich cleared.
Chris Hughton made four changes to the side that lost to Brentford at the weekend with Bruno, Aaron Hughes, Joao Teixeira and Chris O’Grady all coming in to replace the injured Greg Halford, Jake Forster-Caskey and Craig Mackail-Smith, likewise the suspended Lewis Dunk.
The victory was Albion’s fourth in their last five games in all competitions but, more importantly, opened up a six-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.
Brighton & Hove Albion returned to winning ways with an impressive 3-2 victory over high-flying Ipswich Town at the Amex.