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Match Report: ~ Fulham beat Ipswich Town ~ League Cup 4th Rnd ~ 23/24

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Match Report

Ipswich Town (0) 1-3 (1) Fulham

League Cup Round 04 23/24 at Portman Road

Wednesday 1st November 2023    KO: 19:45

Referee: Lewis Smith (Lancashire)

Winger Harry Wilson
Fulham Winger
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Fulham eased through to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 with a 3-1 win at Ipswich.

Marco Silva's team were up against a Town outfit that had only lost once since their promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in April, but the Premier League side showed their class in Suffolk.

Harry Wilson provided the breakthrough for Fulham in the ninth minute with a cool finish and Rodrigo Muniz grabbed his first goal for the club in 19 months early into the second period to put the London outfit in control.

Tom Cairney confirmed Fulham's win with a third in the 77th minute and, while Elkan Baggott reduced the deficit late on, Kieran McKenna's Championship promotion hopefuls suffered a rare defeat in front of a packed Portman Road crowd.

Winger Ivan Cavaleiro
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Rodrigo Muniz
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The last meeting between these teams was three years ago in same competition and Aleksandar Mitrovic decided the tie that night, but goals had been hard to come by for the visitors since his summer exit to Saudi Arabia.

It was a different story for Ipswich, who put another three past Plymouth last weekend, but the high-flying hosts were 1-0 down after only nine minutes.

McKenna would have been disappointed after Ipswich's back four was pulled over to the right and Bobby Decordova-Reid spotted the unmarked Wilson, who impressively side-stepped the onrushing Christian Walton before the Welsh winger slotted into the empty net.

Goalkeeper Walton was one of 11 changes made by the home side and he almost conceded again six minutes later, but breathed a sigh of relief when Fode Ballo-Toure's deflected cross bounced off the crossbar and to safety.

Fulham also shuffled their pack with only three players retained from the draw at Brighton and Marek Rodak atoned for his poor pass when he tipped Kayden Jackson's low effort wide soon after the opener.

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney
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Tom Cairney
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The quality of the Premier League side was clear though as Andreas Pereira arrowed a 22-yard shot wide before the visitors hit the woodwork again, with Ipswich's second-string struggling for fluency.

Calvin Bassey started the move with a fine run out from the back and nearly provided the perfect finish, but Walton unconvincingly parried his poked effort onto the post after Axel Tuanzebe, on his first start for Ipswich, cleared Ballo-Toure's cross straight to the Fulham centre-back in the 44th minute.

Town failed to heed that warning sign and, after no substitutions were made at the break, Silva's men doubled their lead five minutes into the second period.

A slick counter-attack did the trick with Wilson able to find Timothy Castagne and his cross took a slight touch off Ipswich defender Cameron Burgess to fall into the path of Muniz, who fired home from six yards to open his account for the season.

Match Stats Ipswich Fulham
Goals (0)1 3 (1)
Scorers Baggott 79 Wilson 9
- Muniz 50
- Cairney 77
Goal attempts 10 12
On target 2 6
Shooting Accuracy 20% 50%
Possession 42% 58%
Passes Success 80% 83%
Corners 2 8
Tackles Success 50% 55%
Saves 3 1
Fouls 8 9
Offsides 4 0
Yellows 2 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Wilson took a whack to the face straight from the restart, but picked himself up to waltz into the Town penalty area before Burgess' slide tackled denied him and Janoi Donacien blocked Bobby Decordova-Reid's follow-up shot.

McKenna made changes to try and set up a grandstand finish, but Cairney made the result safe when his low effort went through Walton after another assist by the excellent Decordova-Reid.

It looked like Ipswich would fire a blank for the first time this season, but substitute Baggott headed home a Jack Taylor corner with 11 minutes left to give the 28,221 crowd a consolation goal.

Fulham host Man Utd at Craven Cottage on Saturday lunchtime as they return to Premier League action; kick-off 12.30pm.

Ipswich Town : Walton, Donacien (Hutchinson 69), Tuanzebe, Burgess (Baggott 60), Clarke, Ball, Taylor, Jackson, Aluko (Humphreys 61), Harness, Ladapo (Hirst 69)

Unused substitutes: Edmundson, Chaplin, Slicker, Luongo, Carr

Baggott 79 (header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Taylor with a cross following a corner.)

Booked: Harness (32,f), Taylor (38,f)

Fulham : Rodak, Castagne (Tanton 95), De Fougerolles, Bassey, Ballo-Toure, Lukic, Cairney, Wilson (Iwobi 69), Pereira (Reed 68), De Cordova-Reid, Muniz (Jimenez 69)

Unused substitutes: Ream, Benda, Palhinha, Carlos Vinícius, Robinson


Wilson 9 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.)
Muniz 50 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.)
Cairney 77 ( left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bobby De Cordova-Reid.)

Booked: Lukic (38), Jimenez (86), Reed (89,f)

Referee: Lewis Smith (Lancashire)

Attendance: 28,221

Source SkySports
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