Result: Ipswich 2 Roterham 0

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The damage was done early as Rotherham United slipped to a 2-0 Championship defeat at Ipswich Town.

The Millers were competitive from the sixth minute onwards against a side who have now won four matches on the trot.

Rotherham Keeper Scott Loach saves from an Ipswich attack

Rotherham Keeper Scott Loach saves from an Ipswich attack

But by then they were 2-0 down as the home side opened with a flourish.

Steve Evans’ men fell behind to a Daryl Murphy header after three minutes and David McGoldrick doubled the advantage with a thumping long-range drive.

The visitors played their way back into the game, with their best first-hallf effort a Jordan Bowery header. The big attacker should have done better from Ben Pringle’s curling cross from the left than present Town keeper Dean Gerken with a relatively comfortable save.

After the break, Rotherham did most of the attacking, although truly clear-cut chances were hard to come by.

Paul Green’s deflected free-kick brought a good save from Gerken in the 80th-minute, with Frazer Richardson blazing over from a good position after the rebound.

Ipswich Town: Gerken, Parr, Mings, Chambers, Berra, Murphy, McGoldrick (Bajner 74), Anderson (Tabb 54), Bru, Hyam, Sammon (Hewitt 67). Subs not used: Bialkowski, Smith, Henshall, Bishop.

Rotherham United: Loach, Richardson, Broadfoot, Arnason, Skarz (Becchio 87), Hall (Derbyshire 59), Frecklington, Green, Pringle, Revell, Bowery (Clarke-Harris 74). Subs not used: Collin, Brindley, Swift, Rowe.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire).

Attendance: 16,447 (495).