By Sam Brown, Lions Live presenter
MICK McCarthy guided Ipswich Town to victory over his former club Millwall, whose unbeaten run ended in emphatic style with a heavy 3-0 defeat at Portman Road.
The Lions were undefeated in 13 games heading into the clash and had not conceded a goal in 440 minutes.
DJ Campbell was the key player for the Tractor Boys from the outset, with Lions skipper Danny Shittu failing to contain him as the striker went on to grab a brace.
Manager Kenny Jackett made two changes to the line-up which couldn’t break down Charlton in the clash at The Den last Saturday.
James Henry and Liam Trotter returned to the starting XI replacing Liam Feeney and Josh Wright.
The Lions had a number of chances to take the lead in the first half.
Chris Wood found the back of the net after four minutes only to have his effort ruled out for offside with Trotter and Andy Keogh also both coming very close to scoring.
Jackett said: “We should have been a goal ahead.
“Wood’s goal from Shane Lowry’s pass in the first half is clearly onside having seen it again.
“But we’ve gone in at the break 1-0 down.
“Their keeper has made three very good saves and we’ve had a goal disallowed. That happens.”
After heading into the break one goal down, Jackett demanded a response from his players.
“But the start of the second half was poor,” admitted the Den chief.
“We gave away two poor goals and that took the game away from us.
“We’ve been defending very well but I thought Daryl Murphy and Campbell were a handful.
“Obviously one scored two goals and the other has got one – they’re key contributions.
“They played very well.
“Murphy in particular ran the channels and they put the ball over the top for him.
“He’s big and strong.”
Campbell played in Murphy just five minutes into the second half to score a decisive secong goal for the hosts and knock the stuffing out of Millwall.
Jackett said: “We kept going and kept battling.
“We couldn’t quite find the breakthrough, even at the end when Dany N’Guessan was in.
“We couldn’t find a strike to get us back into the game.”
Campbell claimed his second goal from the penalty spot in the 64th minute after Shane Lowry’s handball.
In the last meeting between the duo the Lions had beaten the Tractors Boys 3-0 back in April but there was to be no repeat on Saturday. Jackett added: “It was 3-0 but games can go one way very easily.
“We’ve been winning this type of game.
“We’ve had the detail at the back, the dominant centre-halves and the strikers that have caused problems.
“In the end, Ipswich found an intensity with 18,000 fans behind them.”
Despite the defeat, Millwall remain seventh in the table and will look to bounce back when they face an expensively assembled Leicester side at The Den this Saturday.
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