Substitute Jim O'Brien's second-half strike earned struggling Barnsley a point at Ipswich.

The hosts took the lead through Daryl Murphy's powerful header from a corner just before the break.

But O'Brien levelled with 20 minutes remaining when he latched on to a loose ball just inside the box and slotted his volley into the bottom corner.

Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell was sent off on the final whistle for foul and abusive language.

The dismissal came moments after striker Frank Nouble was left incensed when referee Andy D'Urso waved away his late shouts for a penalty.

The forward had just missed out on connecting with Jay Tabb's shot as the match entered injury time.

Landmark day for McCarthy

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy was celebrating his one-year anniversary in charge of the Tractor Boys against hometown club Barnsley, where he started his playing career

And he was left fuming after tumbling over a Jean-Yves M'voto challenge in the penalty area.

The result leaves Barnsley still in the relegation zone with 10 points from 14 games, while Ipswich are 10th on 17 points.

An action-packed last quarter was in contrast to a flat opening which saw neither side threaten to break the deadlock.

Slowly the match started to liven up with the home side shading proceedings.

Paul Anderson shot over the crossbar from 18 yards after a neat chest control from Town top scorer David McGoldrick before Cresswell's dangerous low cross was deflected away by Jack Butland.

The pressure finally paid off four minutes before the interval when Cresswell's corner was met by the unmarked Murphy who thumped home his fourth goal of the season.

Out of nothing, the visitors went close to grabbing an equaliser on 50 minutes when Butland's long kick was neatly laid off by Marcus Pedersen and Chris O'Grady's powerful shot from 20 yards was parried around the post by Dean Gerken.

The chance galvanised the Tykes who went on to enjoy the majority of possession.

An equaliser looked likely and with 20 minutes left, Barnsley finally made the breakthrough.

Paddy McCourt's cross brushed the head of Tommy Smith and O'Brien, a 43rd-minute substitute for Jacob Mellis, neatly steered the ball beyond Gerken's despairing dive.

Four minutes from time, Jason Scotland had a chance to win the match for Barnsley but his shot could only find the side-netting after he was able to control Tom Kennedy's deep free-kick and find space in the penalty area.

Moments later, they were indebted to midfielder Cole Skuse who twice cleared the danger from inside his own six-yard area before O'Brien should have done better when he found space in the area but his toe-poke was comfortably gathered by Gerken.

The match ended with Cresswell sent off on the final whistle when he confronted the referee.

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft:

"I felt for a few weeks that we were on the verge of a good run. Our defending is improving and we have had a settled team which has certainly helped.

"We went toe-to-toe with a quality team in Ipswich and deserved a point, if not more.

"Jim O'Brien was the catalyst for us to get on the front foot.

"He has trained excellently and he has supported the side while being out of the team. I was delighted with his performance."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

On the home fans booing the team at the end of the match: "I think they should put a bit of pressure on us. We should be in a better position and we have not played well in the last two games.

"I am disappointed as we were all right in the first half but they turned it around on us in the second half.

"I will look at the reasons why, but in the end I have to be happy with the point as we could have lost that match."

On the penalty appeal: "I have not seen an angle where it looks like a penalty.

"We suddenly had five or 10 minutes where we were baying for blood and anywhere in the world would have shouted for a penalty. But it was not for me."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell Dismissed
  • 19 Hyam
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Tabb - 69' )
  • 08 Skuse
  • 09 Murphy
  • 10 McGoldrick (Nouble - 82' )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe (Taylor - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 02 Hewitt
  • 07 Edwards
  • 15 Mings
  • 18 Tabb
  • 26 Taylor
  • 35 Nouble

Barnsley

  • 12 Butland
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 04 Kennedy
  • 34 Fox
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 06 Cranie
  • 42 McCourt (Etuhu - 81' )
  • 11 Perkins
  • 20 Pedersen (Scotland - 74' )
  • 10 O'Grady
  • 21 Mellis (O'Brien - 43' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hassell
  • 07 O'Brien
  • 09 Scotland
  • 16 Jennings
  • 19 Cywka
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 30 Dibble
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 18,361

Match Stats

Shots

14 14

On target

3 3

Corners

6 7

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Barnsley 1.

90:00 +3:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Barnsley 1.

90:00 +1:12

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross.

90:00 +0:43

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Barnsley).

90:00 +0:43

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:20

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

89:17

Attempt blocked. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:17

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a through ball.

88:09

Hand ball by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

86:55

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Fox with a cross.

86:27

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

85:48

Attempt missed. Jason Scotland (Barnsley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a set piece situation.

85:16

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

85:16

Foul by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

82:41

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

82:41

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces David McGoldrick.

81:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Ryan Tunnicliffe.

80:39

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Kennedy with a cross following a corner.

80:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Kelvin Etuhu replaces Patrick McCourt.

79:31

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

79:04

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

78:52

Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

77:07

Attempt saved. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

75:47

Attempt blocked. Jason Scotland (Barnsley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O'Grady with a through ball.

75:16

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

75:16

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jason Scotland replaces Marcus Pedersen.

73:08

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

73:08

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:21

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

71:48

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Scott Wiseman.

70:49

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

69:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Barnsley 1. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

68:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jay Tabb replaces Paul Anderson.

67:49

Attempt missed. Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Patrick McCourt.

66:38

Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:38

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

63:41

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

61:50

Foul by David Fox (Barnsley).

61:50

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:48

Attempt missed. Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Fox with a cross following a corner.

60:16

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

57:46

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

56:55

Attempt blocked. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

55:13

Martin Cranie (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:13

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

51:27

Jean-Yves Mvoto (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:27

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

50:53

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

49:50

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

49:50

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:03

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

49:01

Attempt saved. Chris O'Grady (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Marcus Pedersen.

47:17

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:09

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

45:09

Scott Wiseman (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 1, Barnsley 0.

45:00 +3:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Barnsley 0.

44:50

Hand ball by Patrick McCourt (Barnsley).

44:00

Attempt saved. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:30

Offside, Barnsley. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

42:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnsley. Jim O'Brien replaces Jacob Mellis because of an injury.

41:54

Offside, Barnsley. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Marcus Pedersen is caught offside.

40:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Barnsley 0. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

39:56

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by David Fox.

39:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

38:38

Delay in match Jacob Mellis (Barnsley) because of an injury.

37:44

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jean-Yves Mvoto.

34:13

Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a cross following a corner.

33:51

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by David Perkins.

33:30

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:30

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Barnsley).

30:09

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

29:14

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Anderson.

28:17

Offside, Ipswich Town. Luke Chambers tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

27:06

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

26:35

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by David Fox.

24:48

Foul by Marcus Pedersen (Barnsley).

24:48

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

23:44

Attempt missed. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

23:27

Hand ball by Jacob Mellis (Barnsley).

23:12

Attempt blocked. Patrick McCourt (Barnsley) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

22:22

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

22:14

Attempt blocked. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from long range on the right is blocked.

21:22

Foul by Martin Cranie (Barnsley).

21:22

Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:36

Offside, Barnsley. David Fox tries a through ball, but Marcus Pedersen is caught offside.

19:07

Thomas Kennedy (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:07

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

13:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

12:29

Delay in match Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

10:31

Offside, Barnsley. Thomas Kennedy tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

5:57

Offside, Barnsley. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

5:31

Martin Cranie (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:31

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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