Impressive Town end Lions run
Millwall’s 13-match unbeaten run came to an end as resurgent
Ipswich recorded a 3-0 win for their third successive Championship
victory thanks to a brace from DJ Campbell.
The Lions went into the encounter as the second tier’s form side
having won four of their last five, boasting four successive clean
sheets in the process.
And they should have taken the lead as they enjoyed the better
of the opening half-hour, Chris Wood heading a great chance over
while Town goalkeeper Stephen Henderson denied Andy Keogh, Liam
Trotter and James Henry.
Campbell punished the visitors as he then converted a flowing
move from close range for his seventh goal in 12 games since
joining on loan from QPR.
The striker turned provider five minutes after half-time as he
chased down Danny Shittu, gained possession and fed Daryl Murphy to
Campbell then bagged his second from the penalty spot after
Shane Lowry’s handball – Town’s fourth successive game in which
they have been awarded a spot-kick.
It is the first time Ipswich have recorded three successive wins
in 10 months while Mick McCarthy has now won five of his eight
games since taking charge.
The game’s first chance went to Town striker Murphy after seven
minutes but he could only head wide from Lee Martin’s cross.
Henderson made his first smart save from Keogh’s header before
Lions strike partner Wood wasted a golden opportunity, nodding
Henry’s free-kick over the bar from five yards.
Millwall’s profligacy was their undoing on that occasion but
they were denied twice by some superb goalkeeping by Henderson just
after the half-hour mark.
Trotter was kept out as Henderson parried his effort and from
the rebound Henry saw his shot tipped around a post.
Murphy fired over from 12 yards for Town before Ipswich opened
the scoring in the 37th minute courtesy of a well-worked move.
Martin released Aaron Cresswell down the left and he delivered a
great cross for Campbell to convert from close range.
It proved the final act of note in the first half but Town fans
did not have to wait long after the break for a second as Campbell
The striker chased down Millwall defender Shittu and, when he
gave away possession, Campbell squared for Murphy to convert from
David Forde had to be alert to prevent a third as he tipped
Martin’s free-kick over the bar, before Campbell fired off target
when presented with a great chance from close range.
But the points were wrapped up in the 64th minute when Lowry was
penalised for handball, leaving Campbell to convert from the