Monday 26 December 2016, 3:00pm at Portman Road, Ipswich
Sky Bet Championship
Ipswich Town
Ipswich Town
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Martin 36'; Sigurdsson 78'

69' Yellow Card

Tom Lawrence Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

David McGoldrick Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David McGoldrick
Off:Brett Pitman

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Leon Best
Off:Andre Dozzell

36' Goal

Chris Martin

78' Goal

Ragnar Sigurdsson
Assist by Stefan Johansen

64' Yellow Card

Kevin McDonald

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ragnar Sigurdsson
Off:Sone Aluko

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Floyd Ayité

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Stefan Johansen

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30
45
60
75
90
Goals in either half from Chris Martin and Ragnar Sigurdsson saw Fulham claim a first win over Ipswich Town since 1963.

Goals in either half from Chris Martin and Ragnar Sigurdsson saw Fulham claim a first win over Ipswich Town since 1963.

The Whites dominated the Boxing Day encounter at Portman Road, and took a slender lead into the break when former Norwich City striker Martin stuck his free-kick into the bottom corner of the net.

Ipswich improved after the interval but the visitors continued to have the better chances, with Floyd Ayité squandering two openings that he would have backed himself to score.

But the crucial killer goal arrived in the 78th minute when substitute Sigurdsson rose highest to nod in Stefan Johansen’s corner to open his account for the Club.

Martin came back into the starting XI following his ineligibility against Derby County last time out, while Tim Ream, Michael Madl and Denis Odoi made up a new look backline.

The first decent sniff of goal came about in the 17th minute when Johansen slipped Ayité in, but the winger’s shot was brilliantly blocked by Christophe Berra.

A minute later Odoi got in behind the Ipswich defence before cutting the ball back, but his pass agonisingly fell between Fulham’s two men in the box, Martin and Johansen.

The Whites must have thought they’d taken the lead in the 32nd minute when a fantastic Scott Malone cross found Martin in the box, but somehow Bialkowski managed to repel his effort from point-blank range.

Fulham kept the pressure on with a corner which dropped to Kevin McDonald at the far post, but unfortunately he couldn’t get the ball under control and poked a good chance wide.

But a deserved lead was taken in the 36th minute. After Johansen was barged over by Cole Skuse in a central position 25 yards out, Martin stepped up and planted a wonderful effort into the bottom left-hand corner beyond the forlorn Bialkowski.

A minute before half-time a neat flick from Ayité presented Sone Aluko with a shooting chance which was deflected behind from a corner. That delivery found McDonald once again, but he was crowded out as he tried to apply the final touch.

Despite Fulham’s dominance, the sides almost went into the break level when Ream – who had been a rock at the back - inadvertently flicked a deep free-kick towards his own goal, but David Button made a superb reaction stop to tip it behind.

A double substitution at half-time saw Town go two up front, as Leon Best and David McGoldrick came on for Brett Pitman and Andre Dozzell.

The Whites had the ball in the net again on the hour mark but it was ruled out for a foul. Odoi’s determination to close down a clearance had presented a chance for Ayité, and the winger rounded the goalkeeper before playing the ball across the face. It then got fizzed across to Martin who popped it in, but Odoi was adjudged to have barged a defender off the ball seconds earlier.

To combat Ipswich’s aerial threat, Slaviša Jokanović then introduced Sigurdsson for Aluko in the 65th minute.

Soon after, Ayité should have made it 2-0 when Johansen found him in the box with a square pass, but he didn’t make a clean connection with his first-time strike and screwed it wide.

With quarter of an hour to go Malone found Johansen at the near post with a perfect low cross, but the midfielder’s swing missed the ball and the chance was gone.

Fulham must have been thinking they were never going to score again when a swift counter ended with Bialkowski somehow denying Ayité, but the crucial second goal arrived from the subsequent corner when Sigurdsson nodded in Johansen’s delivery.

In the 86th minute Cairney bent in a goalbound shot from 20 yards that Bialkowski got fingertips to and eventually smothered, and he was in good form in stoppage time when he kept out Martin’s strike from a tight angle.

That was the final chance of the afternoon as Fulham moved up to seventh in the Sky Bet Championship standings.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Monday 26 December 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Portman Road, Ipswich
Attendance: 19,723

Referee: Oliver Langford

Ipswich Town

Line-up: Bialkowski; Chambers, Webster, Berra, Knudsen; Sears, Douglas, Skuse, Dozzell (Best 45'), Lawrence; Pitman (McGoldrick 45')

Unused substitutes: Gerken, Emmanuel, Kenlock, Bru, Ward

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Odoi, Madl, Ream, Malone; McDonald, Johansen (Parker 90'); Sone Aluko (Sigurdsson 65'), Cairney, Floyd Ayité (Lucas Piazon 83'); Martin

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Fredericks, Kebano, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Newcastle United 22 49
2 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 48
3 Reading 23 43
4 Huddersfield Town 23 42
5 Leeds United 23 41
6 Sheffield Wednesday 22 37
7 Fulham 23 36
8 Derby County 22 36
9 Barnsley 23 34
10 Aston Villa 23 34
11 Birmingham City 22 34
12 Norwich City 23 33
13 Preston North End 23 32
14 Brentford 23 29
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23 28
16 Ipswich Town 23 28
17 Bristol City 23 27
18 Nottingham Forest 23 26
19 Cardiff City 23 24
20 Queens Park Rangers 22 23
21 Burton Albion 23 22
22 Blackburn Rovers 23 20
23 Wigan Athletic 23 18
24 Rotherham United 23 13
Goals
0
2
Total Shots
3
15
Shots On Target
0
6
Passing Accuracy
65%
80%
Fouls
14
11
Corners
4
7
Offsides
3
5
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Ipswich Town (4-5-1)
  • 33Bartosz Bialkowski
  • 4Luke Chambers
  • 15Adam Webster
  • 6Christophe Berra
  • 3Jonas Knudsen
  • 20Freddie Sears
  • 22Jonathan Douglas
  • 8Cole Skuse
  • 23Andre Dozzell
  • 27Tom Lawrence
  • 11Brett Pitman
Substitutes
  • 1Dean Gerken
  • 29Joshua Emmanuel
  • 30Myles Kenlock
  • 17Kevin Bru
  • 18Grant Ward
  • 9Leon Best
  • 10David McGoldrick
Manager
  • Mick McCarthy
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 25Chris Martin
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 9Matt Smith
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+5' Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 90'+4' Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 90'+3' Offside, Ipswich Town. Christophe Berra tries a through ball, but Luke Chambers is caught offside.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Scott Malone.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 88' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 88' Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
  • 87' Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 85' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 85' Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).
  • 84' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Floyd Ayité.
  • 78' Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 2. Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a cross following a corner.
  • 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.
  • 77' Attempt saved. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • 77' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 77' Adam Webster (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 75' Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).
  • 75' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cole Skuse.
  • 72' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 70' Delay in match Stefan Johansen (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 69' Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 67' Foul by Ragnar Sigurdsson (Fulham).
  • 67' Leon Best (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 65' Substitution, Fulham. Ragnar Sigurdsson replaces Sone Aluko.
  • 64' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 64' Foul by Leon Best (Ipswich Town).
  • 64' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
  • 60' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 60' Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Denis Odoi.
  • 59' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).
  • 58' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 58' Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 57' David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 55' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.
  • 51' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 51' Leon Best (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
  • 46' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 46' Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
  • 46' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).
  • Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Ipswich Town. David McGoldrick replaces Brett Pitman.
  • 45' Substitution, Ipswich Town. Leon Best replaces Andre Dozzell.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by David Button.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Floyd Ayité (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 41' Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 41' Foul by Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town).
  • 39' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).
  • 38' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 38' Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Goal! Ipswich Town 0, Fulham 1. Chris Martin (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 35' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 35' Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).
  • 34' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).
  • 33' Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonas Knudsen.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.
  • 30' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 30' Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' David Button (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).
  • 28' Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Chris Martin.
  • 23' Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Brett Pitman is caught offside.
  • 22' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 22' Delay in match Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
  • 21' Offside, Fulham. Michael Madl tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 17' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen with a through ball.
  • 13' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 13' Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 10' Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 8' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 7' Floyd Ayité (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 7' Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).
  • 6' Offside, Fulham. David Button tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 5' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko.
  • 4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
  • 4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
  • 2' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 2' Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Ipswich Town).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.