Championship round-up: Joao Carlos Teixeira double halts Ipswich's climb

 

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Ipswich wasted the chance to go top of the Championship when they lost  3-2 at struggling Brighton, for whom Joao Carlos Teixeira scored twice.

Brighton went in front in the 19th minute through Sam Baldock’s low drive. Daryl Murphy brought Ipswich level with his 18th goal of the season three minutes later, scoring from close range.

The home side retook the lead in the 38th minute, Teixeira, on loan from Liverpool, beating several players with a mazy run before firing in from the edge of the penalty area.

Teixeira added a second on the stroke of half-time, the Ipswich defence getting undone on the right for the unmarked Portuguese to steer in Joe Bennett’s low cross.

Freddie Sears got his first goal for Ipswich since signing from Colchester last week to make it 3-2 with 12 minutes to go, but Mick McCarthy’s side failed to find an equaliser and remain third in the table.

After beating Derby in the east Midlands derby on Saturday, Nottingham  Forest crashed back to earth as they lost 3-2 at Fulham, Ross McCormack scoring a  hat-trick in the first 35 minutes for the home side.

McCormack got his first after just five minutes, curling in a 20-yard shot from Hugo Rodallega’s lay-off. The Scot, who cost Fulham £11m in the summer, added another in the 18th minute, then completed his hat-trick with a drive that took a hefty deflection off Forest right-back Todd Kane into Dorus de Vries’ net.

The visitors pulled one goal back just before half-time, Henri Lansbury scoring with a nicely flighted free-kick that beat goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli at his near post.

Lansbury then lashed in a second from the edge of the area just past the hour mark. Forest pressed for an equaliser but winger Michail Antonio missed their best chance,  firing over the bar from just five yards out.

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