Ipswich Town defeated Hull City 3-0 with ease to move to the top.
Report and unrestricted match highlights from Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship game between Ipswich Town and Hull City at Portman Road | Tractor Boys cruise through Tigers and take the lead in the standings.
Ipswich won, maintaining their early-season record, while it was only the Tigers’ second loss of the season, dropping them three spots to seventh on goal differential.
The opener came when Leif Davis delivered a crossfield pass which Chaplin let run across him to Burns, who angled a shot past Ryan Allsop into the bottom corner of the net from just inside the penalty area.
Hull nearly equalised in the 17th minute following a break by Liam Delap. Ipswich centre-back George Edmundson raced back with him and the ball spun to Republic of Ireland international Aaron Connolly, who stabbed across the face of the goal.
Sam Morsy and Davis worked together to square the ball to Harness, who fired a shot that challenged Allsop and missed just seconds later.
Vaclav Hladky, the goalkeeper for Ipswich, narrowly missed Jacob Greaves’ attempt from just outside the penalty area as Hull continued to prove that they were still in the game.
Following a play that began at the back with Hladky, Town increased its lead in the 41st minute. Davis received a pass from Harness, who then passed it to Chaplin just inside the D. He needed a touch to control the ball before brilliantly curling it into the far corner of the City goal for a goal straight out of a picture book.
Connolly just failed to make a quick enough turn in the six-yard box to make a clean contact with the ball after he spun Edmundson only to shoot wide.
Town pressed forward on numerous occasions in a bid to extend their lead, with the third eventually coming from Harness in the 65th minute. Hladky again started the attack and George Hirst showed a turn of pace down the left to cross for Harness to bundle the ball home.
Two minutes later Hull won a free-kick just outside the box but substitute Scott Twine curled his effort over the wall and narrowly over the angle of the bar and post.
Referee Matthew Donohue turned down penalty appeals from Ipswich after Town substitute Omari Hutchinson appeared to have his heels clipped by Dogukan Sinik as Town ran out worthy winners in front of 27,070 fans.
Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna:
“I genuinely thought that it was a special performance. We discussed it prior to the game. We had one in us, in my opinion.
We’re healthy, we’re improving game by game, and it was our first home game back in the Championship on a night game, so I thought we put on a strong showing.
We worked hard to play through the pitch against a really excellent team, which was one of the many aspects of our play that I admired.
“The evening was enjoyable. Even if it’s only one night, one game, and three points, everyone connected to the club should have a good time tonight.
Liam Rosenior from Hull:
“Ipswich have been outstanding all season and two magnificent goals in terms of the finishes.
“We have now lost two in 10 and we are hard to beat but overall it’s not a crisis, it’s no drama, we learn our lessons and move on to the next one really quickly.
“We are still in a really good place, we have got 16 points from 10 games. The Championship is always so close.
“Chris Hughton (Rosenior’s former boss at Brighton) always said you’re never the best team in the world when you win, you’re never the worst team in the world when you lose.
“You can’t get carried away when things are going really well and we can’t get carried away when things don’t go our way. What we have to do is respond, learn and analyse and make sure we’re better for the next one. It’s about staying the course.”