Ipswich missed the chance to move into the Championship top six as fellow play-off hopefuls Bournemouth twice fought back to earn a draw.

Town went ahead when Paul Anderson steered in Cole Skuse's low cross, but the Cherries soon levelled through Steve Cook's overhead kick.

Paul Green's close-range header looked to have given Ipswich the win.

But there was a late twist as Matt Ritchie's deflected free-kick denied the hosts.

The result was one that neither side wanted, as both failed to capitalise on sixth-placed Brighton's failure to win at home against struggling Blackpool.

It leaves Ipswich eighth, one point off the top six, with Bournemouth two points further adrift with two matches remaining.

Ipswich's Championship dozen

Ipswich have been in the second tier of English football for 12 seasons, more than any other club currently in the Championship.

The Cherries had gone into the game with hopes of reaching the top flight for the first time in the club's history. But, although still mathematically possible, Eddie Howe's side need a host of results to go their way.

However Ipswich, who have been out of the Premier League for 12 years, still harbour ambitions of a return to the top division, even though they face a tricky away game at already-promoted Burnley next week and need Brighton to drop further points.

In front of 20,356 - the highest home crowd of the season at Portman Road - Ipswich went ahead against the run of play in the 36th minute.

Bournemouth had missed two good opportunities through Yann Kermorgant and Eunan O'Kane and those misses proved costly as Anderson got on the end of Skuse's delivery and fired a shot into the roof of Lee Camp's net.

But the lead only lasted for eight minutes before Cook's spectacular equaliser.

Green had only been on the field for 11 minutes when he put Ipswich back ahead.

However, Bournemouth again fought back with Ritchie's deflected free-kick making it 2-2.

Neither side settled for a point and Ipswich's Tyrone Mings came closest to netting a winner but his glancing header went just past a post as it ended level.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy told BBC Sport: "It was a hard-fought game, a really good advert for the Championship.

"We were at a disadvantage as we played Saturday, Monday and they played on Friday, Monday. But I can't express the pride that I have for the lads. They do the job every day, put the effort in and they are an honour to the shirt. At the end of the game we were running in empty.

"We have two games left and we will see what happens. This time last year we were not safe from relegation so I'm a damn sight happier at the top of the table.

"This league is bonkers. Everyone desperately wants to go up and that's why it's hard to grasp a play-off place."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told BBC Sport: "I thought we were the better team, we created the better chances and played the better football.

"Both teams went for the win at the end and we threw the kitchen sink at them but could not get that golden chance.

"If we don't make the play-offs this year then the signs are good for next season.

"The pleasing thing is that we didn't give up. The lads chased the game as good as they've done."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 24 Richardson
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 14 Wordsworth (Green - 45' )
  • 04 Chambers
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Nouble - 53' )
  • 08 Skuse
  • 09 Murphy
  • 25 Williams (Mings - 77' )
  • 12 Hunt

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 15 Mings
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Tabb
  • 26 Taylor
  • 34 Marriott
  • 35 Nouble

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels (Smith - 66' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 22 Ward
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 04 Surman
  • 09 Grabban
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 07 Pugh (Rantie - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 05 Elphick
  • 14 Harte
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 28 Rantie
Ref: Andy D'Urso
Att: 20,356

Match Stats

Shots

8 22

On target

4 4

Corners

3 6

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Bournemouth 2.

90:00 +5:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Bournemouth 2.

90:00 +4:01

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane with a cross.

90:00 +2:17

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Adam Smith.

90:00 +1:40

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

90:00 +1:40

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:16

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis.

90:00 +0:43

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

90:00 +0:06

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

90:00 +0:03

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Smith.

89:00

Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

88:41

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

87:56

Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

87:55

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

87:52

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:50

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:50

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

83:45

Attempt missed. Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a set piece situation.

82:50

Hand ball by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

82:26

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

82:26

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:46

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:46

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

81:00

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:00

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

80:37

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

80:37

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Bournemouth 2. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman following a set piece situation.

78:48

Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:48

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

78:31

Attempt missed. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban following a fast break.

78:23

Attempt blocked. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:42

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

77:06

Dangerous play by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

77:06

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Tyrone Mings replaces Jonathan Williams.

74:06

Offside, Bournemouth. Eunan O'Kane tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

71:23

Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Matt Ritchie is caught offside.

67:40

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Steve Cook.

66:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

65:42

Delay in match Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

65:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Marc Pugh.

65:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Charlie Daniels.

64:34

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

60:03

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Williams tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

58:27

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:27

Foul by Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town).

55:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Bournemouth 1. Paul Green (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

54:38

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

54:38

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Paul Anderson because of an injury.

50:14

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:14

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

48:49

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:21

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

46:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:40

Delay in match Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 1, Bournemouth 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Green replaces Anthony Wordsworth.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Bournemouth 1.

44:47

Attempt saved. Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

43:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Bournemouth 1. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

42:41

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:41

Foul by Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town).

41:26

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

41:13

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman with a cross.

40:38

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

40:36

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

40:34

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

40:00

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:00

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

38:20

Attempt saved. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

37:17

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

37:17

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Bournemouth 0. Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Cole Skuse with a cross.

34:08

Hand ball by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

33:13

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

31:18

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

31:18

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

30:47

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

30:09

Offside, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

28:05

Attempt missed. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

28:03

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

27:02

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

24:46

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

22:32

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:32

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

22:01

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

21:59

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

21:26

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Anderson.

21:20

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

20:46

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Luke Chambers.

18:44

Offside, Ipswich Town. Aaron Cresswell tries a through ball, but Daryl Murphy is caught offside.

16:50

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

16:50

Anthony Wordsworth (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:23

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

14:09

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

14:09

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

10:37

Foul by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

10:37

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:50

Offside, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

3:50

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Paul Anderson is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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