Jan 21, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at ​Falmer Stadium
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
3-2
IpswichIpswich Town
Baldock (18'), Teixeira (38', 45')
FT(HT: 3-1)
Murphy (22'), Sears (77')
Hunt (58'), Bru (96')

Mick McCarthy rues poor defending in Brighton & Hove Albion defeat

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy feels that his side could have defended a lot better in their 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has admitted that his side weren't at their best defensively in their 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Championship.

Sam Baldock fired the Seagulls ahead in the 18th minute, but Daryl Murphy brought the visitors level only for Joao Teixeira to strike twice before the break to put Chris Hughton's side in command.

Freddie Sears netted 13 minutes from time for the Tractor Boys, but the home side held out for their third win in four games under Hughton.

McCarthy told reporters: "We have to give Brighton a lot of credit. It was not going to be easy. Brighton played well in the first half and we didn't do well with the goals we conceded.

"We've had one or two players missing through illness and injury and perhaps Brighton have gone up a couple of percent because they are playing us."

Ipswich remain in third place in the Championship table following their defeat, but are just one point adrift of leaders Bournemouth.

Jay Tabb of Ipswich Town is chased by Danny Holla of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Sky Bet Championship match on January 21, 2015
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