Murphy makes Barnsley bitter

Sat, 31 Mar 18:54:35 2012

Ipswich extended their unbeaten home run to eight matches as Daryl Murphy's second-half strike earned them a 1-0 victory over Barnsley in the npower Championship.

Paul Jewell's side were in control for large spells against an off-form Tykes outfit who struggled to threaten at all until late in the game.

When the sides met at Oakwell in December there were goals aplenty as Ipswich fought back from 2-0 down to win 5-3.

There was no sign of a repeat on this occasion as the hosts, despite having most of the possession, were largely restricted to long-range shots before the break.

Three minutes after the interval Jewell's side netted the winner. Michael Chopra teed up Murphy and he found the bottom corner with a left-footed strike from the edge of the box.

The beleaguered Tykes initially offered little by way of a response and Craig Davies' wayward shot never looked likely to threaten. Better efforts followed in the 76th minute when, in quick succession, Frank Nouble and Craig Davies tested Arran Lee-Barrett but he was equal to the challenge on both occasions.

 

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