Rotherham United were excellent says Mick

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Ipswich Town (7) v Rotherham United (19)

The Suffolk side moved up to fourth in the league with a 2-0 win over plucky Rotherham at Portman Road.

McGoldrick’s strike partner Daryl Murphy continued his own fine start to the season, nodding home from close range with just three minutes on the clock.

The lead was quickly doubled when McGoldrick picked up a short pass from Luke Hyam before unleashing a fantastic 25-yard, left-foot shot into the corner of the net.

It capped a fantastic month for McCarthy’s side, with the manager saying: “McGoldrick is arguably one of the best strikers in the league. He has two good feet, just one better than the other, and it was some strike.

“September has gone particularly well. We have had a nice bit of momentum, although we have carried a bit of luck.

“It was a fantastic first half for us, although Rotherham were excellent after that and got on the front foot. I will have to analysis that tomorrow.”

McCarthy was right to praise his opponents, with Rotherham slowly gaining a foothold in the match before bossing possession and the shots’ statistics.

Where they failed was in truly testing Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken, with Ryan Hall’s first-half header lacking power and Frazer Richardson firing a rebound well over after Gerken had saved Paul Green’s free-kick.

In between, Ipswich should have wrapped up the points nice and early when Richardson’s back header was seized upon by Conor Sammon, but the striker saw his shot come back off the foot of the post after rounding Loach.

Ipswich moved up to fourth in the Championship while Rotherham remain just above the bottom three - a fact not lost on assistant boss Paul Raynor.

Raynor said: “It is nice getting these plaudits but we would prefer scruffy 1-0s and getting more points on the board.

“We left ourselves with a mountain to climb and we need to look at that. We lost our men and we will look at whether Scott Loach could have done better with the opening goal.

“We are evolving and we are no longer in awe of the names or the players in this league.

“We have again proved we can compete and we have again shown our spirit and togetherness. There were lots of pluses.

“We just need to find someone who is going to score the goals. And if there is no one in the squad, we will look to bring someone in.”