Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy: 'Good time to play Brighton & Hove Albion'

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Albion's winless run increased to five games after they suffered a second successive home defeat, 1-0 at home to Ipswich this evening.

The victory was Town's fifth in a row on the road, equalling a club record run set by Sir Bobby Robson's side of 1976, with Murphy insisting the squad are full of confidence on the road.

McCarthy said afterwards that he felt the "opportunity" was there given the fact that Brighton were missing some key players, especially in defence.

"It was a good finish, the only place I could have put it really, so it was about concentrating on connecting with the ball well and putting it past him". There was some respite for Brighton when Jamie Murphy broke clear with only Gerken to beat but the goalkeeper saved bravely at Murphy's feet.

Kevin Bru's thumping drive rattled David Stockdale's bar and although Dale Stephens scrambled the ball into the Ipswich net after good work on the right by Kayal's fellow Israeli Tomer Hemed Ipswich took the lead.

Despite Ipswich moving within eight points of the top two, McCarthy does not believe that Ipswich, who were beaten by local rivals Norwich City in last season's playoffs, can get promoted automatically.

The left post was not happy, but made amends six minutes later, denying Ipswich again when Murphy passed into the box from the left and Bru got a first-time shot away only to see it come back out.

"Burnley's a big game for us as now, they're all big but another one away from home".

Albion had seven players ruled out through injury and Hughton said: "With the injuries, does it make life a little bit more hard?"

"We've hit a few problems and have generally worked around it, but we need to show we're good enough to get through this. Yes, of course it does because it means you don't have the opportunity to rotate like some other teams do but we certainly don't want to use that as an excuse".

Chris Hughton's side were unbeaten in the league until they lost to Middlesbrough just before Christmas, but have now been defeated in two of their last three matches.

Hughton's answer was to send for the cavalry in the shape of Bobby Zamora and James Wilson, and after Stockdale had saved well again, blocking Fraser's low shot, the substitution nearly paid off when Zamora's looping shot beat Gerken but came off the bar. "We have to be mindful of how he trains". "He performed particularly well and lasted the 90 minutes", said Hughton. Van La Parra, desperate to mark his final game with a goal, saw another shot fly wide of Gerken's post while Fraser forced Stockdale into action at the other end. There's nothing I can tell him that will change how he feels.

Elsewhere, Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick scored a fine individual goal in Derby's 2-2 draw at Leeds.

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