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Fulham lose at home to Ipswich ~ Ch. Match Report MD21

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Match Report

Fulham (1) 1-2 (1) Ipswich

Championship Match Day 21 1516 at Craven Cottage

Tuesday 16th December 2015    KO: 19:45

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Fulham striker Ross McCormack
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Freddie Sears scored after just 16 seconds as Ipswich maintained their top-six spot in the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-1 victory at Fulham - their fourth straight away win.

The former West Ham forward took advantage of some poor defending from the hosts as they lost the ball straight from kick-off.

Ross McCormack got the Cottagers level from a 14th-minute free-kick, but Brett Pitman's seventh goal of the season 12 minutes into the second half handed Mick McCarthy's side all three points.

Craven Cottage has been the place to see goals this season - there have now been 39 scored on this ground this term.

But Stuart Gray - Fulham's new 'senior coach' following the departure of Kit Symons - will have been less than happy with his side's defending as they failed to win for a seventh game running.

They allowed Sears to run on from kick-off and beat Richard Stearman and Dan Burn before finishing well.

Match Stats Fulham Ipswich
Goals (1) 1 2 (1)
Scorers McCormack 14 Sears 1
    Pitman 57
Goal attempts 15 11
On target 2 4
Shooting Accuracy 13% 36%
Possession 57% 43%
Passes 488 365
Pass Success 74% 59%
Crosses 29 21
Crosses Success 21% 24%
Corners 10 5
Tackles 7 17
Tackles Success 57% 65%
Saves 2 1
Fouls 5 9
Offsides 1 0
Yellows 0 0
Reds 0 0
source: Soccernet/Fulham FC
Arsenal loanee Ainsley Maitland-Niles was impressive for the visitors and went close to a second with a well-struck shot from 25 yards which came back off the bar.

However, Fulham were back on terms on 14 minutes as McCormack's delightful curling free-kick beat Dean Gerken for his 13th goal of the campaign.

Ipswich could have regained the lead as Sears shot over the bar while Ainsley-Niles could then only fire straight at Andy Lonergan after a surging run.

Fulham started the second half strongly as Alex Kacaniklic shot just over the bar with an effort from the left while at the other end Maitland-Niles also missed the target after a neat one-two with Daryl Murphy.

Ipswich were back ahead when Pitman converted Sears' cross in off the post but they then had to survive a heavy period of pressure from the hosts.

The impressive McCormack shot just over before Gray sent on tall striker Matt Smith, throwing caution to the wind by playing three up front.

Smith immediately put himself about, heading just wide from Kacaniklic's corner before also missing the target with his head from Luke Garbutt's cross.

At the other end, Sears was desperately unlucky not to complete an excellent all-round display with a second as he lashed just wide of the post after cutting in from the left.

But Fulham never really looked like finding an equaliser despite forcing two late corners, leaving supporters voicing their disapproval at the finish.

Fulham: Lonergan, Stearman, Burn, Ream, Richards, Kacaniklic (Woodrow 76'), Cairney (Smith 67'), O'Hara (Hyndman 66'), Garbutt, Dembele, McCormack,
Substitutes: Hutchinson, Fredericks, Lewis, Pringle, Hyndman

Scorer: McCormack 14 (from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.)

Ipswich Town: Gerken, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen, Maitland-Niles (Parr 89'), Skuse (Bru 45'), Douglas, Pitman (Malarczyk 71'), Murphy, Sears
Subs not used: Fraser, Oar, Coke, Bialkowski

Sears 1 ( left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Freddie Sears with a cross.),
Pitman 57 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.)

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland)

Attendance: 15,245

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