Ipswich Town 1-3 Brentford

9 Apr

Brentford midfielder Sam Saunders

Sam Saunders sets Brentford on their way to a comfortable win at Ipswich

Brentford all but ended the play-off hopes of 10-man Ipswich despite losing Alan Judge to a serious injury.

Midfielder Judge was carried off on stretcher with his right leg in a brace, with Luke Hyam booked for his tackle in the third minute.

Sam Saunders put the Bees ahead before Hyam was dismissed after reacting to a Ryan Woods challenge.

Lasse Vibe scored twice in five minutes, with Liam Feeney’s late strike for Ipswich a consolation.

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich side have now won only once in seven games, leaving them eight points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Brentford’s win was their first at Portman Road, and first against Ipswich on any ground since 1955.

Judge, who could be a major doubt for the Republic of Ireland squad at this summer’s European Championship, was given oxygen in a near 10-minute delay following Hyam’s challenge.

His replacement, Konstantin Kerschbaumer, set up the opener after half an hour, dispossessing Cole Skuse in midfield – Ipswich’s claims for a free-kick were waived away – before passing to Saunder, who swept home.

Ipswich’s prospects were further dented in first-half injury time when Hyam reacted badly to Woods’ tackle, and his push resulted in a red card.

In the second half, Brentford made the extra man count, as Vibe scored his fourth and fifth goals in the past three games.

The first came via a deft header from a Maxime Colin cross and the second four minutes later, Vibe winning the ball from Christophe Berra before slotting beyond Bartosz Bialkowski.

Freddie Sears missed a golden chance to reduce the arrears when he blazed wide from close range, but the Tractor Boys halted a run of three games without scoring when Feeney finished calmly from David McGoldrick’s pass for his first Ipswich goal.


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