Jason Scotland's deflected late strike gave Ipswich a point against Championship leaders Southampton.

The Saints dominated throughout but Adam Lallana was denied by Alex McCarthy and Guly Do Prado headed wide.

A rare Ipswich attack saw Michael Chopra denied by Kelvin Davis before Rickie Lambert put Southampton ahead from Steve de Ridder's cross.

But Scotland had the last word with five minutes left when he cut in from the right to fire past Davis.

The result means Southampton could be knocked off the top of the table by West Ham when they take on Watford on Wednesday, while Reading's 1-0 win over Portsmouth means the Royals close the gap to three points with a game in hand.

The Saints will know they should have made sure of all three points long before Scotland struck from the edge of the area.

Lambert had the best of their early chances, shooting wide and then heading over from Dan Harding's corner.

Lallana thought he had made the breakthrough when he latched on to a Tadanari Lee pass before slotting past McCarthy, but the offside flag cut short his celebration.

The home side's next attack ended when Dean Hammond found Lallana in the area but he was denied by a superb stop by McCarthy, who kept out another effort from the same player moments later.

Southampton's frustration continued when Do Prado was off target with a free header from a Lallana corner at the end of a one-sided first half.

Chopra brought an instinctive stop from Davis immediately after the interval as Ipswich threatened to score against the run of play.

Saints persevered, however, and looked like they were heading for a deserved victory when they broke the deadlock in the 74th minute.

The introduction of De Ridder from the bench had an almost instant impact when his cross found Lambert at the back post to drill past McCarthy.

But Ipswich responded by making their own decisive double switch, with Scotland and Ryan Stevenson replacing Andy Drury and Daryl Murphy, and were rewarded with Scotland's late strike.

Southampton boss Nigel Adkins on his side's title hopes: "We are still in the race for the league, as we have been for a very long time.

"This won't knock confidence in the changing room, we are still on a great run and we have as good a chance as anybody of winning this league.

"We had a lot of good chances and could have been well ahead by half-time. Adam Lallana could have had two or three and their goalkeeper made some magnificent saves.

"It is a little disappointing to only draw when we have been ahead until so late but we were playing a good team on an excellent run."

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell: "We were nowhere near our best in the first half and I could not wait to get them in at half-time.

"We showed them what we could do in the second half and deserved the draw. I am pleased with the result.

"Jason Scotland did very well when he came on and gave us that cutting edge we had been lacking.

"Southampton have a phenomenal record at St Mary's and are top of the league. A draw here is not bad."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Richardson
  • 03 Harding Booked
  • 06 Fonte
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 10 Guly (De Ridder - 70' )
  • 14 Hammond
  • 20 Lallana (Cork - 83' )
  • 07 Lambert
  • 19 Lee (Sharp - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Martin
  • 08 Cork
  • 33 De Ridder
  • 11 Sharp
  • 22 Connolly

Ipswich Town

  • 32 McCarthy
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 05 Delaney
  • 20 Smith
  • 06 Leadbitter (Bowyer - 84' )
  • 07 Edwards
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 11 Martin
  • 17 Drury (Scotland - 77' )
  • 10 Chopra
  • 27 Murphy Booked (Stevenson - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 31 Sonko
  • 08 Bowyer
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 14 Scotland
Ref: Drysdale
Att: 23,315

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

9 3

Corners

8 5

Fouls

3 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:12 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:30

Corner taken by Dan Harding from the right by-line played to the near post, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:25

Frazer Richardson sends in a cross, blocked by Lee Martin.

90:00 +1:20

Frazer Richardson produces a cross, Carlos Edwards manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:58

The ball is sent over by Frazer Richardson, clearance made by Damien Delaney.

90:00 +0:28

A cross is delivered by Jason Scotland, save made by Kelvin Davis.

89:19

Unfair challenge on Steve De Ridder by Aaron Cresswell results in a free kick. Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick. Billy Sharp is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

88:44

Billy Sharp takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

87:41

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jason Scotland. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

86:52

Long range effort from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas misses to the left of the goal.

86:06

Lee Bowyer takes the free kick.

86:06 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Dan Harding for unsporting behaviour.

86:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Chopra by Dan Harding.

84:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Jason Scotland - Southamp'n 1 - 1 Ipswich Jason Scotland fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-1 Ipswich.

83:03 Substitution

Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Lee Bowyer coming on for Grant Leadbitter.

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Jack Cork on for Adam Lallana.

81:04

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

78:43

Richard Lambert is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

77:51

Steve De Ridder sends in a cross, Richard Lambert produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

76:56 Substitution

Substitution Jason Scotland on for Andy Drury.

76:27 Substitution

Substitution Daryl Murphy goes off and Ryan Stevenson comes on.

75:44

The assistant referee flags for offside against Richard Lambert. Indirect free kick taken by Damien Delaney.

74:35 Substitution

Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with Billy Sharp coming on for Tadanari Lee.

73:35

Assist by Steve De Ridder.

73:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Lambert - Southamp'n 1 - 0 Ipswich Richard Lambert finds the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 1-0 Ipswich.

73:30

A cross is delivered by Steve De Ridder,

71:34

Lee Martin is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Dan Harding.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Guly Do Prado leaves the field to be replaced by Steve De Ridder.

67:11

Direct free kick taken by Frazer Richardson.

67:11 Booking

Booking Booking for Daryl Murphy for unsporting behaviour.

67:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Frazer Richardson by Daryl Murphy.

65:53

Foul by Daryl Murphy on Jose Fonte, free kick awarded. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.

64:33

The ball is crossed by Adam Lallana, Jos Hooiveld produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

64:14

Corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Damien Delaney.

63:43

Corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line played to the near post, Carlos Edwards makes a clearance.

63:33

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Grant Leadbitter gets a block in.

61:46

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin from the left by-line, Kelvin Davis makes a save. Aaron Cresswell has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

61:41

The ball is sent over by Aaron Cresswell, Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

60:18

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line, save by Kelvin Davis.

58:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Chopra. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

57:09

Effort from deep inside the area by Guly Do Prado misses to the right of the target.

56:02

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

55:00

Aaron Cresswell delivers the ball, clearance by Jose Fonte.

54:02

Adam Lallana fouled by Grant Leadbitter, the ref awards a free kick. Dan Harding restarts play with the free kick.

53:00

Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

51:53

Outswinging corner taken by Andy Drury, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance. Shot from just outside the box by Grant Leadbitter goes over the bar.

51:38

Andy Drury sends in a cross, Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.

51:24

The ball is crossed by Michael Chopra, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.

50:40

A cross is delivered by Frazer Richardson, clearance by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

50:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Leadbitter on Morgan Schneiderlin. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the direct free kick.

49:40

The referee blows for offside. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

47:43

Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:16 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

44:38

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

41:08

Lee Martin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

40:27

Dan Harding takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

38:21

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

37:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Martin by Dean Hammond. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.

34:35

Centre by Aaron Cresswell.

33:24

The ball is sent over by Dan Harding, save by Alex McCarthy.

32:49

Unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado by Aaron Cresswell results in a free kick. Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.

32:03

Michael Chopra is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

29:37

Carlos Edwards fouled by Adam Lallana, the ref awards a free kick. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

29:26

The ball is crossed by Adam Lallana, clearance by Tommy Smith.

29:01

Corner taken by Andy Drury from the left by-line, clearance by Richard Lambert.

28:41

The ball is sent over by Lee Martin, Frazer Richardson manages to make a clearance.

25:31

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana, Guly Do Prado has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

25:20

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Blocked by Tommy Smith.

22:31

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save. Corner taken by Adam Lallana.

20:38

The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Lallana. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

19:44

Corner taken short by Andy Drury.

19:29

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis.

18:54

Centre by Frazer Richardson.

18:47

Centre by Adam Lallana, Andy Drury manages to make a clearance.

17:31

The referee penalises Jay Emmanuel-Thomas for handball. Dan Harding takes the free kick.

16:29

Richard Lambert is caught offside. Carlos Edwards takes the indirect free kick.

15:28

Short corner worked by Dan Harding.

15:18

Centre by Frazer Richardson, Daryl Murphy gets a block in.

13:52

Daryl Murphy produces a cross.

12:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Chopra. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

10:21

The referee blows for offside against Adam Lallana. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

10:13

The ball is crossed by Guly Do Prado, clearance by Tommy Smith.

8:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tadanari Lee by Damien Delaney. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the direct free kick.

7:14

Daryl Murphy crosses the ball, Close range shot by Michael Chopra misses to the left of the goal.

4:30

Dan Harding takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from close range by Richard Lambert goes wide left of the goal.

2:51

Corner taken by Dan Harding, Shot from deep inside the area by Richard Lambert clears the bar.

2:00

Adam Lallana crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Cresswell.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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