Huddersfield Town produced a lacklustre performance that Mark Robins had to apologise for after the match as Ipswich Town made light work of The Terriers at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Play-off chasing Ipswich had the match wrapped up in the first half thanks to strikes from Paul Anderson and Daryl Murphy whilst it took Town until 78 minutes to register their only single effort on target.
A rot has set in to The Terriers, with now no win in their last eight matches – losing five whilst winning only once at home in their last seven games – the last being a 5-1 thumping of Barnsley at 1 March.
Robins seems adamant on sticking to his principles that started well for Town but since the turn of the year they have been in poor form and at this stage of the season points on the board are more important than pretty football.
The Terriers have a seven point cushion on the Sky Bet Championship relegation places but are now nervously looking over their shoulders with another tough fixture on Saturday away at high-flying Derby County.
Huddersfield made one change to the side that lost to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday with Joel Lynch making his first start since February in place of Peter Clarke whilst Harry Bunn was on the bench instead of Phillip Billing.
Town had two warnings before Ipswich took the lead on 6 minutes. Paul Anderson and Jonny Williams had forced Alex Smithies into two good saves but Anderson did find the net with a wonderful curling effort from 25 yards out after cutting in from the right.
Nahki Wells, against isolated up front on his own, couldn’t keep his shot down from Oliver Norwood’s low cross into the box.
Williams went close with a long range effort as Ipswich came back and Anthony Gerrard somehow managed to block Luke Chambers’ goalbound effort.
It was no surprised when Ipswich doubled their lead on 33 minutes. Town failed miserably to clear a corner and the ball broke for Daryl Murphy who fired a low effort into the net.
Whilst it was a very poor display from Huddersfield Town, take nothing away from Ipswich who looked a decent team and were fluid in their passing movement.
Sean Scannell was introduced as half time for Adam Hammill and the introduction of Duane Holmes just before the hour mark failed to inject any life into The Terriers.
Ipswich took their foot off the gas in the second 45 but Anderson forced Smithies into a save after the winger connected with a cross.
Huddersfield finally registered an effort on target with 12 minutes to go. Oscar Gobern played a neat one-two with Holmes on the edge of the Ipswich box but Dean Gerken made a fine save with his legs.
Scannell fired wide wide on the volley from just inside the penalty area as the game petered out.
Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Gerrard, Lynch, Dixon, Gobern, Norwood (Holmes 57), Clayton, Ward (Bunn 76), Hammill (Scannell 45), Wells.
Subs not used: Bennett, Woods, Clarke, Hogg.
Ipswich: Gerken, Chambers, Cresswell (Mings 60), Skuse, Berra, Smith, Anderson, Hyam, Murphy, Williams (Richardson 85), Hunt (Wordsworth 74).
Subs not used: Loach, Henshall, Ebanks-Blake, Nouble.
Referee: Mark Brown.