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Kazenga LuaLua takes a short corner.
Sam Vokes is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Smith.
Kazenga LuaLua on for Abdul Razak.
Ashley Barnes gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Brighton 3-0 Ipswich.Gonzalo Jara Reyes provided the assist for the goal.
Carlos Edwards takes a shot. Clearance by Adam El-Abd.
Jason Scotland fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Edwards takes the free kick.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is penalised for a handball. Peter Brezovan takes the free kick.
Ashley Barnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Edwards. Carlos Edwards takes the free kick.
Gonzalo Jara Reyes concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Chopra. Booking for Gonzalo Jara Reyes for unsporting behaviour. Gai Assulin is brought on as a substitute for Will Buckley. Sam Vokes replaces Craig Mackail-Smith. Free kick crossed by Andy Drury, clearance made by Gordon Greer.
Damien Delaney goes into the referee's book.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Damien Delaney. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
Jason Scotland joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daryl Murphy.
Corner taken by Andy Drury from the right by-line.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Mackail-Smith. Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Edwards.
Unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara Reyes by Michael Chopra results in a free kick. Michael Chopra receives a caution. Peter Brezovan takes the free kick.
Shot by Will Buckley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Ashley Barnes grabs a brilliant goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Brighton 2-0 Ipswich.Assist on the goal came from Liam Bridcutt.
(Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Grant Leadbitter coming on for Luke Hyam.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdul Razak by Lee Martin. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Liam Bridcutt on Andy Drury, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Drury.
Will Buckley takes a short corner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Martin on Will Buckley. Free kick taken by Alan Navarro.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Lee Martin. Handball decision goes against Michael Chopra. Peter Brezovan takes the indirect free kick.
Damien Delaney challenges Ashley Barnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
Long range shot by Lee Martin goes wide right of the net.
Lee Martin takes a shot. Peter Brezovan makes a save.
Andy Drury takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Joe Mattock.
Ashley Barnes challenges Andy Drury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Damien Delaney.
Corner taken by Andy Drury played to the near post, clearance by Ashley Barnes.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdul Razak by Luke Hyam. Gonzalo Jara Reyes restarts play with the free kick.
Luke Hyam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Will Buckley. Luke Hyam is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Corner taken right-footed by Will Buckley, Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot.
Luke Hyam takes a shot. Save by Peter Brezovan.
Will Buckley is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.
A goal is scored by Craig Mackail-Smith from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Brighton 1-0 Ipswich.Assist by Will Buckley.
Andy Drury takes a outswinging corner.
Shot by Michael Chopra. Clearance by Gordon Greer.
Abdul Razak has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by Daryl Murphy on Abdul Razak, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gordon Greer.
The referee blows for offside. Arran Lee-Barrett takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Craig Mackail-Smith. Arran Lee-Barrett takes the indirect free kick.
Abdul Razak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Martin. Aaron Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Peter Brezovan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daryl Murphy by Craig Mackail-Smith. Free kick taken by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Same again for Seagulls
Brighton have no new injury worries ahead of the clash with Ipswich.
Full-back Marcos Painter is close to recovering from a hamstring injury but will not be ready for the weekend, while fellow defender Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) are the only other absentees.
But boss Gus Poyet is still expected to tinker with his line-up following a goalless draw at Hull on Wednesday night.
Will Buckley could return to the starting XI after coming off the bench at the KC Stadium.
Fellow winger Craig Noone, midfielder Matt Sparrow and striker Sam Vokes will also be hoping to reclaim their places while Manchester City loanee Gai Assulin is pushing to make his full debut after a late cameo in midweek.
Ibrahima Sonko and Lee Bowyer are both in contention for Ipswich.
Centre-back Sonko has missed the last two games since suffering a dislocated rib during the abandoned fixture against Middlesbrough, while midfielder Bowyer has not featured since the start of January due to a groin injury.
But both have been in full training this week and are ready for selection.
Whether Paul Jewell - who now boasts a fully-fit squad - opts to change a winning formula remains a different matter.
The Town boss watched his side see off Cardiff 3-0 last weekend to record a fourth successive league victory, although they will have their work cut out against a Seagulls outfit unbeaten in eight league games.
Barnes at the double for Seagulls
Ashley Barnes bagged a brace as Brighton extended their unbeaten run in the npower Championship to nine matches with a 3-0 victory over Ipswich.
The Seagulls were not at their best against the Tractor Boys but Craig Mackail-Smith's first-half strike and a double from Barnes after the interval wrapped up a comfortable victory.
Brighton have not been defeated in the league since December 31 and they moved up to seventh, level on points with Cardiff, who occupy the final play-off place.
After weathering an early assault on their goal from Ipswich, Mackail-Smith broke the deadlock with a close-range finish.
Ipswich striker Michael Chopra had a goal disallowed for handball but Barnes' fantastic 25-yard strike doubled Brighton's lead before the striker wrapped up the points late on.
Paul Jewell's men had won their four previous matches before their trip to the south coast and had kept successive clean sheets in their last two but they were poor for large spells this afternoon.
Ipswich started brightly as they sought to continue their winning streak, with midfielder Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' long-range effort forcing an early save from Peter Brezovan.
A stray back pass from Joe Mattock put Albion's goalkeeper under unnecessary pressure and although his clearance was intercepted, Chopra's chip was cleared off the line by Gordon Greer.
It proved to be a vital interception by the defender, who then played a key part as Mackail-Smith broke the deadlock for Brighton in the 20th minute.
Greer's pass from deep in his own half split Town's defence before Will Buckley's first-time low cross from the right allowed Mackail-Smith to slot home from close in.
Buoyed by his strike, the former Peterborough striker nearly doubled his tally but after getting away from his marker, he could only head against the crossbar from Buckley's corner.
Ipswich were firmly on the back foot after conceding but Lee Martin's strike from 25 yards was parried away by a scrambling Brezovan shortly before the interval.
Chopra thought he had levelled proceedings at the start of the second half after turning and firing past Brezovan but the striker was penalised for bringing down Martin's corner with his hand.
Ipswich continued to push forward in search of an equaliser but their failure to create another meaningful opportunity came back to haunt them as Barnes doubled Brighton's lead in the 65th minute.
A poor clearance from Town keeper Arran Lee-Barrett was collected by Liam Bridcutt and he picked out Barnes, who cut in from the left and curled wonderfully past Lee-Barrett from 25 yards for his 10th goal of the season.
Carlos Edwards could have set up a tense finale but his strike from six yards was well blocked by Brighton defender Adam El-Abd.
And Barnes ensured there would be no way back for the visitors with a low finish from Gonzalo Jara Reyes' right-wing cross in the 88th minute.
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