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Ipswich Town 1-1 Leeds United

Stuart Dallas
Stuart Dallas equalised with his second Championship goal of the season

Promotion hopefuls Leeds United were held to only their fourth Championship draw of the season at Ipswich Town.

Striker Freddie Sears put the home side in front early on when he volleyed in Grant Ward's right-sided cross.

Ipswich's Jonas Knudsen saw a good chance deflected over before Stuart Dallas levelled with a poked finish.

David McGoldrick had chances to win it for Town but hit the bar, misjudged a cross and was denied by Rob Green as Leeds held on for a hard-fought point.

Ipswich have now failed to win in their last three league matches at Portman Road, but started brightly with Sears immediately justifying his selection ahead of Brett Pitman.

The 27-year-old added the assured finishing touch to a flowing move which involved Ward and the impressive Emyr Huws, and it could have been 2-0 had Knudsen not spurned a chance from a few yards out from Huws' low cross.

Having laboured for most of the first period, Leeds equalised with their first shot on target, Dallas putting the ball through Bartosz Bialkowski's legs at the back post from Chris Wood's flick-on.

After the break McGoldrick hit the bar with a chipped attempt from a corner, with Christophe Berra only able to head the rebound straight at Green in goal.

The Town striker had further opportunities to win it, but failed to get a touch to Kevin Bru's dangerous cross before Green produced a good stop after Sears sent him through.

Despite falling to find a second goal Mick McCarthy's side extended their unbeaten run to four games to stay 13th, while Leeds remain fifth.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy: "Overall I thought we were the better team. Six to eight weeks ago, we had 12 fit first-team players and kids on the bench and it was difficult for us all.

"We have got Didzy (David McGoldrick) back fully fit and have added some more quality players so it is not rocket science that we are now playing much better.

"Fans want to see a team play well and win, and I continue to have great support from the majority."

Leeds manager Garry Monk: "It was always going to be extremely difficult here and the pitch didn't help either side.

"We didn't react well to their goal and we probably equalised against the run of play. But both teams defended well in the second half and we concentrated until the end.

"You could see the players' character and commitment - I think we deserved the point."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Spence
  • 4Chambers
  • 6Berra
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 85mins
  • 30Kenlock
  • 18G Ward
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forBruat 60'minutes
  • 44HuwsSubstituted forBishopat 81'minutes
  • 10McGoldrickSubstituted forMooreat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 5Smith
  • 7Bishop
  • 11Pitman
  • 17Bru
  • 28Moore
  • 29Emmanuel

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2Ayling
  • 5Bartley
  • 18Jansson
  • 28Berardi
  • 25VieiraSubstituted forBridcuttat 45'minutes
  • 14O'Kane
  • 24SackoSubstituted forBarrowat 77'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 15Dallas
  • 9WoodSubstituted forDoukaraat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cooper
  • 7Roofe
  • 11Doukara
  • 12Silvestri
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 27Barrow
  • 29Pedraza Sag
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
18,748

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home10
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Leeds United 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kieffer Moore replaces David McGoldrick.

Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Attempt missed. Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Chris Wood.

Booking

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Modou Barrow (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Emyr Huws.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Robert Green.

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Freddie Sears.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Modou Barrow replaces Hadi Sacko.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Chris Wood.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Myles Kenlock tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Grant Ward (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Pontus Jansson.

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin Bru (Ipswich Town).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Kevin Bru replaces Cole Skuse because of an injury.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

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

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Ayling tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Foul by Hadi Sacko (Leeds United).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Brighton3220842868
2Newcastle3121373566
3Huddersfield311948761
4Reading321868660
5Leeds33184111158
6Sheff Wed3217781158
7Norwich33156121151
8Fulham31131081549
9Barnsley3314712449
10Preston33131010449
11Derby3113810747
12Cardiff3313614-245
13Ipswich33101112-741
14Birmingham33101013-1440
15Brentford3110714-137
16QPR3210715-1137
17Aston Villa3181211-636
18Nottm Forest3310617-1236
19Wolves319814-435
20Burton329716-1334
21Bristol City319517-432
22Wigan327916-930
23Blackburn317816-1329
24Rotherham334524-4317
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