Championship
Ipswich3Blackburn2

Ipswich Town 3-2 Blackburn Rovers

Ipswich Town forward Tom Lawrence scores a spectacular third goal for Ipswich against Blackburn
Tom Lawrence's two goals last week ensured Ipswich took National League side Lincoln City to a FA Cup third-round replay

Tom Lawrence took his tally to five goals in three games as Ipswich Town overcame Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers at Portman Road.

Lawrence put the hosts ahead with a free-kick before Hope Akpan levelled.

Christophe Berra's close-range finish restored Town's lead and Lawrence made it 3-1 with a superb 30-yard strike.

Danny Graham pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Akpan was brought down by Adam Webster, but Rovers could not find a late equaliser.

Defeat leaves Owen Coyle's Blackburn side one point and one place adrift of safety after 26 games, while the victory lifts Ipswich two places up to 14th in the table.

In a bright start by the hosts, Freddie Sears twice called Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele into action, while at the other end Sam Gallagher was menacing, with Bartosz Bialkowski denying the forward in a one-on-one.

Lawrence then squeezed a free-kick under Steele for the opening goal, only for Akpan to respond before half-time, meeting a cut-back pass from Graham to level just before the break,

A Lawrence corner led to Berra's goal and the 23-year-old, on loan from Leicester City, added a tremendous third before Graham gave the visitors late hope in an entertaining game.

Following the match, Town boss Mick McCarthy also revealed that the Championship club had signed 24-year-old striker Kieffer Moore from National League side Forest Green on an 18-month deal.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"Tom [Lawrence] is flying at the minute and he should rejoice in the fact that he is playing as well as he is in a struggling side.

"He has been carrying us with his performances and goals and he will have plenty of options in the summer. He should just enjoy his football at the minute and the rewards will come by playing like that.

"There has been some doom and gloom which comes with not winning games and not playing well. But I thought we put in a good performance and should have won more comfortably."

Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle:

"I thought we were cutting out the individual errors, but the goals we gave away were cheap and avoidable, although Tom Lawrence's was a contender for goal of the season.

"We now have a run of home games to move ourselves up the league."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 4Chambers
  • 15Webster
  • 6Berra
  • 3Knudsen
  • 23DozzellBooked at 65minsSubstituted forWardat 67'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 17BruSubstituted forDigbyat 90'minutes
  • 27LawrenceBooked at 42mins
  • 20Sears

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 9Best
  • 14Digby
  • 18Ward
  • 22Douglas
  • 32Morris
  • 41Webber

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 26Lenihan
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 5Williams
  • 7Feeney
  • 6Lowe
  • 21Akpan
  • 31BennettSubstituted forEmnesat 61'minutes
  • 19Gallagher
  • 12Graham

Substitutes

  • 3Greer
  • 17Emnes
  • 24Nyambe
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
15,009

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Grant Ward.

Attempt missed. Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Digby replaces Kevin Bru.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town).

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Joshua Emmanuel (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall tries a through ball, but Marvin Emnes is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 2. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Adam Webster (Ipswich Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Blackburn Rovers. Hope Akpan draws a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Bartosz Bialkowski tries a through ball, but Tom Lawrence is caught offside.

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

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but Marvin Emnes is caught offside.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town).

Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Grant Ward replaces Andre Dozzell.

Booking

Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andre Dozzell (Ipswich Town).

Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joshua Emmanuel (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Darragh Lenihan.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Marvin Emnes replaces Elliott Bennett.

Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Ipswich Town).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle26181750212955
2Brighton25166340172354
3Leeds26153835241148
4Reading2514473633346
5Huddersfield2614483030046
6Sheff Wed2613673024645
7Derby2611782419540
8Fulham25109643301339
9Preston2611693532339
10Barnsley26115104339438
11Norwich26114114239337
12Birmingham269983035-536
13Aston Villa2681172625135
14Ipswich2697102831-334
15Brentford2696113333033
16Wolves2688103334-132
17QPR2695122536-1132
18Cardiff2586113040-1030
19Bristol City2683153538-327
20Nottm Forest2676133745-827
21Burton2667132636-1025
22Blackburn2666143143-1224
23Wigan2657142231-922
24Rotherham2644182756-2916
View full Championship table

Top Stories

Get Inspired Activity Finder

Run by the BBC and partners

Find ways to get active near you: