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Ipswich Town 1-1 Brentford

Daryl Murphy scores against Brentford
Daryl Murphy beats Brentford goalkeeper David Button to give Ipswich an early lead

Ipswich wasted the opportunity to leapfrog Brentford back into the play-off places despite Daryl Murphy's 22nd goal of the season.

Striker Murphy forced the ball home following a corner to give Mick McCarthy's side an early lead.

Jonathan Douglas nodded an equaliser after recalled goalkeeper Dean Gerken saved Stuart Dallas's initial effort.

Murphy shot over an open goal after the break and later failed to beat Button one-on-one as Brentford stayed sixth.

The draw - only the fifth of the season for the London club - kept them one place and one point above Ipswich.

Overdue trip to Portman Road
Brentford's visit to Ipswich was their first since 2004 and their first in the league since a Division Three (South) game in September 1956
They have a poor record against Ipswich, having lost six of the nine previous meetings - with their only win back in November 1955

The two sides went into the game with a marked contrast in their recent form, Brentford having won three and lost one since the announcement that boss Mark Warburton will leave the club at the end of the season, while Ipswich had won once and suffered three defeats in their last four.

Town started the stronger, however, with the Brentford backline looking uneasy and went ahead when Christophe Berra headed down Richard Chaplow's corner and Murphy turned the ball home.

Murphy hit the side-netting from a tight angle soon afterwards and Jonathan Parr drove left-footed across the face of the goal before the Bees slowly began to assert themselves going forward.

Alex Pritchard forced a good save from Dean Gerken diving to his left, but the Ipswich keeper could do little about Douglas's equaliser and the Bees almost made it two when Andre Gray flashed a shot wide.

Murphy had a gilt-edged chance immediately after the break, only to clear the bar from five yards after the lively Parr played the ball to him.

Button did well to deny Murphy after he ran onto a long ball from Tyrone Mings and later produced another good save to prevent sub Teddy Bishop snatching a winner.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "It is a bonkers league with Derby drawing today and Middlesbrough losing.

"It is going to go to the last game, the last minute.

"If we keep playing like that, we will win more than we lose and we will probably be in the top six."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "We have been in the top six since November - something that speaks volumes for my players.

"I thought we looked good when we got the ball down but this league is all about tough challenges.

"We are not a big physical team but the players stood up to Ipswich. I have told my players they are just 10 games from the Premier League, the promised land."

Line-ups

Ipswich

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 14ChaplowSubstituted forBishopat 64'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 18Tabb
  • 2ParrBooked at 82mins
  • 20SearsSubstituted forWoodat 64'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 11Anderson
  • 15Varney
  • 24Connolly
  • 27Bishop
  • 28Clarke
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 39Wood

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27Button
  • 10OdubajoBooked at 84mins
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 29MooreSubstituted forDeanat 71'minutes
  • 3Bidwell
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 81mins
  • 8DouglasBooked at 52mins
  • 15Dallas
  • 21PritchardBooked at 37mins
  • 18JudgeSubstituted forJotaat 67'minutes
  • 19GraySubstituted forLongat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dean
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 23Jota
  • 24Smith
  • 31Long
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
20,132

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 1.

  3. Post update

    Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Chris Wood (Ipswich Town).

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    Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

  11. Post update

    Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

  14. Post update

    Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Booking

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Booking

    Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town).