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Ipswich Town 2-1 Doncaster Rovers

A late strike from Luke Chambers gave Ipswich victory over Doncaster and kept them on the fringes of the Championship play-off places.

Daryl Murphy's 13th of the season, a header from Tyrone Mings cross, gave Town the lead.

With eight minutes remaining, Chris Brown equalised from the spot when Mings was judged to have pushed Mark Duffy inside the area.

But, in the 86th minute, Chambers scored the winner with a fierce strike.

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Mick McCarthy: Ipswich Town manager on Doncaster win

The win moves Ipswich into seventh place, with only Brighton's superior goal difference keeping Mick McCarthy's side out of the top six.

Doncaster remain with their heads just above water at the other end of the table, with three points separating them and Millwall, who are in 22nd place.

Left-back Mings had the first clear chance for Ipswich when his 25-yard shot tested keeper Sam Johnstone, before midfielder Stephen Hunt went even closer with a shot that drifted narrowly wide of a post.

Doncaster were far from out of it. Striker Chris Brown forced a save from Dean Gerken, who then turned a header from Gabriel Tamas around a post.

Ipswich finally broke the deadlock after the break when Mings's cross was converted by Murphy.

Town substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake almost added a second but fired wide, following good closing down by team-mate Luke Hyam.

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Paul Dickov: Doncaster boss on Ipswich defeat

A largely uneventful second half seemed to be heading towards a home win when Doncaster received a lifeline out of nothing.

Mings was punished for pushing substitute Duffy with 82 minutes on the clock and Brown made no mistake from 12 yards.

But Ipswich restored their lead less than three minutes later when Jonathan Williams' shot was deflected to Chambers, who rattled the ball past Johnstone.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"If you can get in the play-offs, one team has to win. It might be a side who gets sixth and has momentum - like us, or Bournemouth or Brighton. We would all provide difficult opposition and the play-offs are such a lottery.

"People recognise the spirit in the team but we also have good players. The defence have chipped in with goals and Luke Chambers has been excellent, having played out of position all season."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"I am proud of the players and the performance they put in. We didn't just change the system once, we changed it three or four times during the game.

"After going 1-0 down, I thought the reaction to get back into the game was fantastic.

"It gives me a lot of positives going into the last four games because as an away performance that was probably one of our best today."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 15Mings
  • 8Skuse
  • 6BerraBooked at 40mins
  • 5Smith
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 45'minutes
  • 19Hyam
  • 9Murphy
  • 25WilliamsSubstituted forRichardsonat 90+5'minutes
  • 12HuntSubstituted forNoubleat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 14Wordsworth
  • 16Green
  • 18Tabb
  • 24Richardson
  • 27Ebanks-Blake
  • 35Nouble

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 17Tamas
  • 3HusbandSubstituted forStevensat 80'minutes
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forDuffyat 77'minutes
  • 2Quinn
  • 20MéitéBooked at 44minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 90+1'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 18Keegan
  • 9BrownBooked at 16mins
  • 10SharpBooked at 17mins
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 7Duffy
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val
  • 22Robinson
  • 29Middleton
  • 31Stevens
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
19,496

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away10
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Doncaster Rovers 1.
Attempt saved. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frazer Richardson replaces Jonathan Williams.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dean Gerken.
Attempt saved. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Enda Stevens.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Abdoulaye Méité.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Frank Nouble.
Attempt saved. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Doncaster Rovers 1. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.
Attempt blocked. Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrone Mings.
Foul by Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers).
Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Penalty conceded by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Enda Stevens replaces James Husband because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).
James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy replaces Dean Furman.
Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Williams following a set piece situation.
Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Frank Nouble.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Paul Keegan.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Paul Keegan.
Attempt missed. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.
Offside, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Sylvain Ebanks-Blake is caught offside.
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Luke Chambers.
Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town).
James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).
Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Paul Quinn.
Dangerous play by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).
Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Gabriel Tamas.
Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town).
Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by James Husband.
Offside, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble tries a through ball, but Jonathan Williams is caught offside.
Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).
Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (Ipswich Town).
Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tyrone Mings with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ipswich Town 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Stephen Hunt.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Paul Anderson.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ipswich Town 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley42231453183
3Derby42229112775
4QPR422110111573
5Wigan411910121467
6Brighton421713121264
7Ipswich42171312864
8Reading411712121363
9Bournemouth42171114162
10Blackburn42151512360
11Nottm Forest42141711459
12Middlesbrough421416121058
13Watford411415121657
14Bolton42131514-254
15Sheff Wed42121416050
16Leeds4214820-950
17Huddersfield42121020-946
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster42111021-2643
20Blackpool42101220-2642
21Charlton40101119-2341
22Millwall4291320-3040
23Yeovil4281222-2536
24Barnsley4181221-2936
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