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Ipswich Town 2-2 Reading

Tom Lawrence
Tom Lawrence now has eight goals in his past eight games for Ipswich

Jordan Obita's 25-yard strike rescued a point for Reading, who twice came from behind to draw at Ipswich.

Leicester City loanee Tom Lawrence opened the scoring with a trademark goal, running from deep and smashing home via the underside of the bar.

Jordon Mutch equalised on his Reading debut, finding space in the box to roll home his first goal since March 2014.

Lawrence then slotted past Ali Al-Habsi for his eighth goal in eight games, before Obita's powerful leveller.

After a 3-0 home drubbing by Derby on Tuesday, Mick McCarthy made five changes to his starting line-up, including debuts for Emyr Huws and Steven Taylor.

As a first half edged by Ipswich drew to a close, Lawrence lit up the game with a stunning strike by finishing off a clinical counter-attack.

Liam Kelly almost replied for the promotion-chasing visitors seconds later, but his half-volley rose over the bar, before Taylor headed just wide for Ipswich in a frantic end to the first half.

Mutch, one of three players signed on loan by Jaap Stam on transfer deadline day, restored parity when he slid the ball beyond Bartosz Bialkowski after being given too much space in the Ipswich box.

Ipswich again took the lead through Lawrence's 10th of the season after he was sent free by David McGoldrick, but Obita's low strike ensured a share of the spoils.

Reading stay third, four points from the automatic promotion places, while Ipswich move up two places to 15th.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "It was certainly a positive reaction from Tuesday night when we were comprehensively beaten. That performance was unacceptable and unpalatable but today was completely different.

"I made a few changes and the new faces have helped liven up the place and gave us all a spark.

"I thought the performance was great and I think we probably deserved to win it."

Reading boss Jaap Stam: "I don't think we were ever in the race for the top two. We are just beginning to build something this season after finishing 17th last year.

"If we have a chance to achieve something we should go for it, but I was never under any illusion that we are in the race for the top two against Newcastle, who have spent 60 to 70 million pounds, and Brighton, who have worked towards this for three years.

"It makes it very hard when you have to equalise twice. I don't think we deserved any more but it was an important point for us."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 29Emmanuel
  • 4Chambers
  • 2Taylor
  • 6Berra
  • 3KnudsenBooked at 90mins
  • 37DiagouragaSubstituted forSpenceat 82'minutes
  • 8SkuseSubstituted forWardat 21'minutes
  • 44HuwsSubstituted forBishopat 82'minutes
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 27Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 7Bishop
  • 11Pitman
  • 12Spence
  • 18Ward
  • 20Sears
  • 28Moore

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 23Williams
  • 38KellySubstituted forEvansat 82'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 54Mutch
  • 11Obita
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forGrabbanat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 7Beerens
  • 19Meite
  • 25Popa
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 32Oxford
  • 50Grabban
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
15,091

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamReading
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Reading 2.

Booking

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

Attempt blocked. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonas Knudsen.

Booking

George Evans (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by George Evans (Reading).

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

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Jordon Mutch (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Jordon Mutch (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

Booking

Lewis Grabban (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Reading).

Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

George Evans (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Ward (Ipswich Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Liam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Teddy Bishop replaces Emyr Huws.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jordan Spence replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Reading).

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

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Reading 2. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Garath McCleary.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Emyr Huws (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

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

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle29202757233462
2Brighton28186444212360
3Reading3017584439556
4Leeds29173941281354
5Huddersfield2816483531452
6Sheff Wed2914783428649
7Norwich29144114840846
8Derby2913793022846
9Barnsley30136114844445
10Fulham291110846331343
11Preston30119103837142
12Birmingham301010103239-740
13Brentford28106123735236
14Aston Villa2981292932-336
15Nottm Forest30106144248-636
16Ipswich3099123139-836
17Cardiff30106143444-1036
18Wolves2998123840-235
19QPR3097142942-1334
20Bristol City2994163841-331
21Burton3087153041-1131
22Blackburn2977153446-1228
23Wigan2867152433-925
24Rotherham3044222764-3716
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