Ipswich Town's play-off ambitions have ended after defeat by promoted Burnley.

Realistically, only a victory would have preserved the slim promotion hopes of Mick McCarthy's side but this loss leaves them four points adrift of sixth place with one game remaining.

Chances were scarce for either side at Turf Moor.

But Burnley earned their 26th win of the term when Michael Kightly rolled in to an unguarded net after Dean Gerken had denied Danny Ings.

Given that their Premier League status for next season is confirmed and the title is now out of reach, Burnley might have been expected to allow their ferocious intensity to drop just a little.

But that would be to misunderstand the side Sean Dyche has assembled.

They were afforded two days off after clinching promotion with victory over Wigan on Easter Monday but the hosts' characteristic desire was not dimmed.

Kightly's goal, after 54 minutes, epitomised that.

Twice Burnley players won challenges in midfield before Ashley Barnes flicked the ball into the path of Ings. He veered past Luke Chambers and, although Gerken blocked his effort, Kightly was on hand to guide the loose ball into an unguarded net.

Until then, clear openings had been scarce for Burnley. Ings posed problems with a couple of efforts from the edge of the area, while Scott Arfield appeared to be impeded by Chambers as he strained to reach a Kightly cross.

Indeed, the better opportunities had fallen to Ipswich. Kieran Trippier was forced to divert a Tommy Smith header over his own crossbar and Frazer Richardson volleyed wide after meeting a teasing Daryl Murphy cross.

Then, as McCarthy's men chased an equaliser, Paul Taylor's free-kick was palmed wide magnificently by Tom Heaton.

Yet for all Ipswich's endeavour to haul themselves back into the game, it was Burnley who came closest to scoring a second goal. Unsurprisingly Ings was involved, meeting Dean Marney's cross and cannoning an effort against the crossbar.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"I believe in the way the players work. My personal belief is that if you do it right all of the time, then you don't need to flick that switch and turn it on.

"Tremendous credit to our group as it is difficult with all [the celebrations] going on. The focus on the game was absolutely spot on.

"That is a good thing because there is some of this group that will be competing in the division next year where there will be a lot of stuff going round and different protocols - maybe it was a tiny taster of that here."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"I thought our performance was very good up until conceding the goal. We were on top, but we missed that one tackle and it changes the course of the game.

"Without doubt, Burnley are outstandingly good value. They have deserved it, well done to them, and they should enjoy it and not listen to all the doom and gloom."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 06 Mee
  • 14 Jones
  • 04 Duff
  • 05 Shackell
  • 19 Kightly (Stanislas - 63' )
  • 08 Marney
  • 10 Ings (Treacy - 93' )
  • 30 Barnes
  • 37 Arfield (Wallace - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Wallace
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 17 Baird
  • 26 Treacy
  • 28 Long

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 24 Richardson (Taylor - 65' )
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith Booked
  • 16 Green
  • 08 Skuse
  • 09 Murphy
  • 25 Williams Booked
  • 12 Hunt (Nouble - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 15 Mings
  • 18 Tabb
  • 20 Veseli
  • 26 Taylor
  • 34 Marriott
  • 35 Nouble
Ref: James Linington
Att: 14,574

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

3 2

Corners

2 9

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 1, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +4:28 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 1, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +2:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Keith Treacy replaces Danny Ings.

90:00 +2:08

Foul by Ross Wallace (Burnley).

90:00 +2:08

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:55

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Marney with a cross.

90:00 +0:20

Ross Wallace (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:20

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town).

88:56

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Taylor with a cross.

87:45

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

83:52

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by David Jones.

83:12

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:12

Foul by Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town).

82:31

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Green with a headed pass.

82:12

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).

82:12

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:11 Booking

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

80:59

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:59

Foul by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

80:09

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

80:05

Attempt saved. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

79:24

Foul by Michael Duff (Burnley).

79:24

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:44

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Mee.

74:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:51

Delay in match Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

72:40

Danny Ings (Burnley) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Dean Marney with a cross.

70:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Ross Wallace replaces Scott Arfield.

70:04

Offside, Burnley. David Jones tries a through ball, but Dean Marney is caught offside.

68:52

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

68:50

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Marney.

68:15

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

67:38

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:38

Foul by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

67:15

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:15

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

65:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Stephen Hunt.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Taylor replaces Frazer Richardson.

64:26

Foul by Junior Stanislas (Burnley).

64:26

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

64:13

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:13

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

63:45

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

63:45

Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:11

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:11

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

62:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Burnley. Junior Stanislas replaces Michael Kightly.

61:35

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Mee.

61:07

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

61:07

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:19

Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

59:33

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:33

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

58:59

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

57:26

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

57:26

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:52

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Chambers.

55:00

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

53:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Ipswich Town 0. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

53:25

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Heaton.

52:14

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 0, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 0, Ipswich Town 0.

43:39

Hand ball by Jonathan Williams (Ipswich Town).

42:57

Attempt missed. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

41:17

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Mee.

40:25

Attempt missed. Frazer Richardson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a cross.

38:53

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Michael Duff.

37:25

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:25

Foul by Frazer Richardson (Ipswich Town).

36:45

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

36:45

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:02

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

35:02

Frazer Richardson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:47

Attempt saved. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ings.

31:03

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

31:03

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

30:01

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

29:31

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jason Shackell.

28:57

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

27:15

Foul by Danny Ings (Burnley).

27:15

Frazer Richardson (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:19

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kieran Trippier.

26:15

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christophe Berra with a headed pass.

25:38

Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:38

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

24:51 Booking

Booking Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:40

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:40

Foul by Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town).

22:08

Offside, Ipswich Town. Frazer Richardson tries a through ball, but Jonathan Williams is caught offside.

20:25

Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but David Jones is caught offside.

19:43

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

18:05

Offside, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Williams tries a through ball, but Frazer Richardson is caught offside.

17:04

Danny Ings (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:04

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

13:35

Attempt blocked. Paul Green (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Hunt.

9:00

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:00

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

8:52

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

2:38

Offside, Burnley. David Jones tries a through ball, but Michael Kightly is caught offside.

2:20

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

1:03

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

0:59

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

0:50

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Marney.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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