Jay Emmanuel-Thomas's equaliser denied Birmingham the chance to confirm their Championship play-off place.

Chris Burke gave Chris Hughton's side the lead just before the break with a fine finish from outside the area.

But Emmanuel-Thomas, who had hit the bar earlier, produced a close-range finish late on to earn a point for Paul Jewell's team.

Birmingham are four points above seventh-placed Middlesbrough with two games left.

The hosts dominated the opening period and should have taken the lead when Daryl Murphy lifted his shot well over from just a few yards out.

But Birmingham took the lead before the break when Burke found the bottom corner from just outside the area for his 14th of the season.

After Michael Chopra headed over from a decent opening, substitute Emmanuel-Thomas thumped a shot onto the bar from distance.

But he earned his team a point when he touched in from a Carlos Edwards cross.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Ipswich

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 05 Delaney
  • 20 Smith
  • 06 Leadbitter
  • 07 Edwards
  • 11 Martin
  • 17 Drury
  • 10 Chopra
  • 14 Scotland (E'-Thomas - 64' )
  • 27 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 31 Sonko
  • 08 Bowyer
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 19 Hyam

Birmingham

  • 13 Doyle
  • 03 Murphy
  • 04 Caldwell (Pablo - 35' )
  • 06 Ramage
  • 24 Davies
  • 07 Burke
  • 11 Townsend (Redmond - 77' )
  • 14 Gomis Booked
  • 15 Elliott
  • 09 King
  • 19 Zigic (Rooney - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 26 Butland
  • 05 Pablo
  • 10 Huseklepp
  • 22 Redmond
  • 17 Rooney
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 16,503

Match Stats

Shots

20 8

On target

13 5

Corners

11 2

Fouls

6 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:46

Lee Martin sends in a cross, Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:12

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has a curled shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.

90:00 +0:47

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Arran Lee-Barrett takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:23

Carlos Edwards sends in a cross, Colin Doyle makes a save.

86:30 Substitution

Substitution Adam Rooney on for Nikola Zigic.

86:14

Carlos Edwards has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Blocked by Morgaro Gomis.

85:29

Marlon King takes a shot. Colin Doyle gets a block in. Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Clearance made by Aaron Cresswell.

84:26

The ball is swung over by Andy Drury, Pablo Ibanez makes a clearance.

83:59

The ball is delivered by Lee Martin, Pablo Ibanez makes a clearance.

83:04

The ball is delivered by Lee Martin, clearance by David Murphy.

80:58

Peter Ramage crosses the ball, clearance made by Grant Leadbitter.

80:50

The ball is delivered by David Murphy.

79:48

Andy Drury takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the right of the net.

78:41

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Tommy Smith takes the free kick.

78:29

Lee Martin takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

77:38

Handball decision goes against Lee Martin. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

76:26

Curtis Davies restarts play with the free kick.

76:26 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Redmond on for Andros Townsend.

76:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wade Elliott by Daryl Murphy.

75:42

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Colin Doyle makes a save.

75:20

Shot by Marlon King from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

74:02

Assist by Carlos Edwards.

74:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Ipswich 1 - 1 Birmingham Jay Emmanuel-Thomas finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Ipswich 1-1 Birmingham.

72:37

The ball is swung over by Lee Martin, clearance by Pablo Ibanez.

72:28

Lee Martin sends in a cross, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

72:00

Marlon King takes a shot. Save made by Arran Lee-Barrett.

71:40

Lee Martin takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Clearance by Andros Townsend.

71:31

Damien Delaney produces a cross.

70:54

Andy Drury takes a short corner.

70:15

The ball is swung over by Carlos Edwards, David Murphy gets a block in.

69:02

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas produces a left-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.

68:37

Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Drury. Direct free kick taken by Arran Lee-Barrett.

67:58

Daryl Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Curtis Davies. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

67:11

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot.

66:03

Unfair challenge on Lee Martin by David Murphy results in a free kick. Andy Drury restarts play with the free kick.

65:23

The referee blows for offside. Colin Doyle takes the free kick.

65:05

The ball is sent over by Andy Drury, David Murphy makes a clearance.

64:48

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

64:38

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Clearance by Nikola Zigic.

63:53

Andros Townsend challenges Jay Emmanuel-Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Drury takes the free kick.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jason Scotland.

61:17

Andy Drury crosses the ball.

60:55

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Martin, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

60:39

Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Davies.

59:26

The ball is sent over by Daryl Murphy, save made by Colin Doyle.

58:37

Morgaro Gomis challenges Andy Drury unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Edwards restarts play with the free kick.

57:21

Shot by Jason Scotland from 30 yards. Save by Colin Doyle.

56:05

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin, clearance by Andros Townsend.

55:56

Centre by Daryl Murphy, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

55:46

The ball is crossed by Andy Drury, Wade Elliott makes a clearance.

55:32

Andy Drury decides to take a short corner.

55:12

The ball is delivered by Aaron Cresswell, Lee Martin takes a shot. Blocked by David Murphy.

54:31

Foul by Wade Elliott on Andy Drury, free kick awarded. Andy Drury takes the free kick.

53:07

Effort on goal by Andros Townsend from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

52:24

The ball is crossed by Aaron Cresswell, Close range headed effort by Michael Chopra clears the crossbar.

50:46

Michael Chopra gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. Wade Elliott fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

49:35

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Wade Elliott, clearance by Michael Chopra.

49:20

Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Arran Lee-Barrett.

48:14

The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Zigic. Direct free kick taken by Arran Lee-Barrett.

47:34

Wade Elliott decides to take a short corner.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:00

Andros Townsend provided the assist for the goal.

45:00 +1:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Burke - Ipswich 0 - 1 Birmingham Goal scored by Chris Burke from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Ipswich 0-1 Birmingham.

45:00 +0:53

The ball is sent over by Andros Townsend,

40:39

Aaron Cresswell takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle. Centre by Daryl Murphy.

39:31

Free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.

39:31 Booking

Booking Morgaro Gomis receives a yellow card.

39:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Leadbitter by Morgaro Gomis.

38:44

Carlos Edwards produces a cross, clearance by Curtis Davies.

38:27

Lee Martin decides to take the corner short.

37:57

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin from the left by-line, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

37:16

Carlos Edwards fouled by Andros Townsend, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Aaron Cresswell from right wing, clearance by Peter Ramage.

35:56

Shot from deep inside the area by Daryl Murphy clears the crossbar.

35:25

Jason Scotland takes a shot. Save made by Colin Doyle.

34:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.

34:37 Substitution

Substitution Pablo Ibanez comes on in place of Steven Caldwell.

33:54

The ball is swung over by Aaron Cresswell, blocked by Chris Burke.

28:42

The referee blows for offside against Daryl Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Colin Doyle.

27:19

Damien Delaney concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon King. Andros Townsend delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Arran Lee-Barrett.

25:42

Aaron Cresswell takes a shot.

24:56

Andy Drury decides to take a short corner, The ball is delivered by Lee Martin, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

24:49

Daryl Murphy produces a cross, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

24:25

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Drury, clearance made by Nikola Zigic.

24:18

Lee Martin crosses the ball, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

22:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgaro Gomis on Lee Martin. Free kick taken by Andy Drury.

20:32

The offside flag is raised against Nikola Zigic. Arran Lee-Barrett takes the free kick.

19:43

The ball is delivered by Carlos Edwards, Foul by Daryl Murphy on Peter Ramage, free kick awarded. Colin Doyle takes the direct free kick.

18:33

Chris Burke sends in a cross, clearance by Aaron Cresswell.

14:58

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

14:52

Carlos Edwards sends in a cross, clearance by Peter Ramage.

14:42

The ball is crossed by Daryl Murphy, Curtis Davies manages to make a clearance.

13:21

Peter Ramage crosses the ball.

9:53

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Colin Doyle.

9:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Edwards by Morgaro Gomis. Grant Leadbitter takes the direct free kick.

7:59

Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Damien Delaney takes the free kick.

7:31

A cross is delivered by Marlon King.

7:22

Marlon King delivers the ball, Damien Delaney makes a clearance.

5:06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Chopra. Colin Doyle restarts play with the free kick.

4:59

A cross is delivered by Lee Martin.

4:35

Centre by Lee Martin, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.

3:59

Daryl Murphy sends in a cross, save by Colin Doyle.

3:18

Unfair challenge on David Murphy by Michael Chopra results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Murphy.

2:22

Andros Townsend crosses the ball, clearance by Damien Delaney.

0:33

Centre by Daryl Murphy.

0:19

Peter Ramage delivers the ball, clearance by Tommy Smith.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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