Leroy Lita's equaliser against Ipswich nudged Sheffield Wednesday a step closer to safety with two games left.

The Owls are now four points clear of the bottom three after Lita's fifth goal in 15 appearances earned a draw.

Jay Tabb gave the visitors a deserved half-time lead when the midfielder found the bottom corner after being put through by Carlos Edwards.

But Lita levelled when Lewis Buxton's long ball allowed the striker to race through and find the top corner.

The draw means Wednesday have now avoided defeat in six of their last seven games, boosting their chances of maintaining their Championship status for a second successive season.

Ipswich had failed to score in five of their last nine Championship matches against Sheffield Wednesday but Jay Tabb's opener was his club's 50th goal against Wednesday.

Ipswich, who look set for a 12th successive season in the second tier, started the brighter with Tommy Smith, making his 100th appearance for the club, forcing Danny Pugh to clear his goal-bound header.

It was not long before the visitors took the lead thanks to Tabb's strike from six yards.

Ipswich could have doubled their advantage but Luke Hyam's 20-yard volley was superbly saved by Chris Kirkland.

Giles Coke volleyed wide before the break for Wednesday, but Ipswich continued to threaten after.

Guirane N'Daw and Daryl Murphy both went close before Lita, on loan from Swansea, struck just before the hour.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones:

"We didn't really get going in the first half. The second half we were probably the better team.

"It was a hard-earned point and, probably overall, a fair result because we've cleared one off the line and we've had one that's a hairline whether it is or it isn't."

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy:

"There isn't a bad away point.

"We played well enough to be in front by more in the first half but then Dave will argue that they've had the better of the second.

"It was probably honours even in terms of playing and result and we shouldn't have even bothered; I'd have taken a point before we started.

"Instead of kicking lumps out of each other, we could've just settled it."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Sheffield Wed

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton
  • 04 Gardner
  • 32 Llera
  • 11 J Johnson (Maguire - 28' )
  • 15 Helan
  • 19 Pugh
  • 20 Lee (Howard - 25' )
  • 23 Olofinjana
  • 28 Coke
  • 24 Lita

Substitutes

  • 43 Bywater
  • 05 Taylor
  • 14 Mattock
  • 16 McCabe
  • 25 Prutton
  • 10 Maguire
  • 29 Howard

Ipswich

  • 01 Loach
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 05 Stearman (Kisnorbo - 68' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 07 Edwards
  • 08 N'daw
  • 18 Tabb (Wordsworth - 82' )
  • 19 Hyam
  • 27 Murphy (E'-Thomas - 80' )
  • 35 Nouble

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 02 Hewitt
  • 06 Kisnorbo
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 17 Drury
  • 10 Chopra
Ref: Geoff Eltrigham
Att: 23,630

Match Stats

Shots

8 7

On target

5 4

Corners

4 6

Fouls

5 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +1:45

Frank Nouble is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

90:00 +0:03

Foul by Guirane N'Daw on Chris Maguire, free kick awarded. Lewis Buxton takes the direct free kick.

85:35

The official flags Jay Emmanuel-Thomas offside. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Wordsworth joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jay Tabb.

81:26

Centre by Carlos Edwards.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on for Daryl Murphy.

78:54

Unfair challenge on Patrick Kisnorbo by Leroy Lita results in a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

78:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Leroy Lita. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

76:22

Corner taken by Jay Tabb from the right by-line, save by Chris Kirkland.

75:38

Patrick Kisnorbo fouled by Steve Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

73:42

Steve Howard fouled by Patrick Kisnorbo, the ref awards a free kick. Miguel Llera produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Scott Loach.

72:06

Frank Nouble gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Llera. Lewis Buxton takes the direct free kick.

69:37

Jay Tabb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire. Free kick taken by Lewis Buxton.

68:35

Miguel Llera concedes a free kick for a foul on Frank Nouble. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.

66:19

Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Patrick Kisnorbo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richard Stearman.

66:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Guirane N'Daw.

63:51

Foul by Tommy Smith on Steve Howard, free kick awarded. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

63:13

Carlos Edwards takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Pugh. Corner taken by Jay Tabb played to the near post, clearance by Steve Howard.

62:14

Jeremy Helan sends in a cross, clearance made by Tommy Smith. Chris Maguire takes the inswinging corner, Richard Stearman manages to make a clearance.

61:18

Chris Maguire takes a inswinging corner.

60:43

The offside flag is raised against Daryl Murphy. Chris Kirkland takes the indirect free kick.

59:35

The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire.

57:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Leroy Lita - Sheff Wed 1 - 1 Ipswich Leroy Lita fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 1-1 Ipswich.

56:10

Danny Pugh takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Carlos Edwards manages to make a clearance.

55:42

Foul by Guirane N'Daw on Seyi Olofinjana, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Kirkland.

54:55

Jeremy Helan takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

53:16

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jay Tabb, save by Chris Kirkland.

52:29

Daryl Murphy has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

48:34

Shot from just outside the area by Guirane N'Daw misses to the right of the target.

47:22

The ball is sent over by Carlos Edwards.

46:43

Jeremy Helan delivers the ball, Tommy Smith manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Howard on Tommy Smith. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +3:08 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

44:27

Leroy Lita takes a shot. Clearance by Luke Chambers.

43:50

Seyi Olofinjana fouled by Luke Hyam, the ref awards a free kick. Lewis Buxton restarts play with the free kick.

43:08

Giles Coke has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

39:11

Corner taken by Danny Pugh from the left by-line, Steve Howard produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

35:44

Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Chris Maguire results in a free kick. Aaron Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

32:10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Steve Howard. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

31:35

The ball is crossed by Carlos Edwards.

29:23

Effort on goal by Jay Tabb from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:31

Jay Tabb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Giles Coke. Lewis Buxton takes the free kick.

27:28 Substitution

Substitution Chris Maguire comes on in place of Jermaine Johnson.

24:26 Substitution

Substitution Steve Howard is brought on as a substitute for Kieran Lee.

19:14

Effort on goal by Jermaine Johnson from just inside the area clears the bar.

18:44

Danny Pugh fouled by Frank Nouble, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Pugh restarts play with the free kick.

18:04

The assistant referee signals for offside against Frank Nouble. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.

17:03

Luke Hyam has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Chris Kirkland makes a save. Corner taken by Jay Tabb from the right by-line, Lewis Buxton manages to make a clearance.

11:45

The assist for the goal came from Carlos Edwards.

11:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Tabb - Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Ipswich Jay Tabb scores a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 0-1 Ipswich.

11:01

Giles Coke produces a cross, Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.

10:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jermaine Johnson. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

5:01

Inswinging corner taken by Jay Tabb, Tommy Smith takes a shot. Danny Pugh makes a clearance.

4:19

Frank Nouble sends in a cross, Anthony Gardner gets a block in. Jay Tabb takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Anthony Gardner.

1:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Hyam on Jermaine Johnson. Chris Kirkland restarts play with the free kick.

0:36

Foul by Luke Hyam on Jermaine Johnson, free kick awarded. Danny Pugh crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Frank Nouble.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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