Barnsley 2-2 Ipswich Town

David McGoldrick

Ipswich Town scored twice in the last 10 minutes as they fought back from 2-0 down to draw at Barnsley.

The hosts went ahead when Chris O'Grady finished from Jack Hunt's cross.

Substitute Tomasz Cywka added Barnsley's second with a free-kick with 16 minutes left.

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Post-match: Ipswich manager McCarthy

Christophe Berra pulled one back from close-range with nine minutes left before David McGoldrick's late free-kick secured a draw for Ipswich, who are now three points off the play-offs.

Barnsley, who are four points from safety, moved ahead when Hunt found O'Grady and the striker made the space to find the corner for his 11th goal of the season.

Ipswich's Aaron Cresswell thumped a free-kick against the post and Cole Skuse just missed with a drive shortly after the interval.

Cywka's free-kick looked to have sealed the points before defender Berra finished from a couple of yards after Jim O'Brien blocked Tommy Smith's header.

McGoldrick then secured a point for Mick McCarthy's side when he scored his 14th league goal of the season with a powerful free-kick.

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson:

"I'm frustrated, rather than disappointed. I think in the second half we had our backs to the wall for long periods, the wind took its toll, just like it helped us in the first half.

"We knew we were going to be on the back foot, particularly with the strike force they've got but I think the two goals (conceded) were the disappointing part, if anything.

"The performance wasn't disappointing; it was just a little bit frustrating at times. We defended too deep and instead of taking a forward step, we took a backward step and that helped them.

"The manner in which Ipswich got the goals was fortunate but I would have thought from Mick's point of view, he would have thought they deserved it, which is understandable."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We played well in the second half, we had enough chances to win it. (We were) profligate and let them off the hook.

"The players kept going, we rallied them on and we got what we deserved. In fact, I don't think we got what we deserved, I think we should have won.

"It's a blooming good point from two-nil down with nine minutes to play. I thought if we got one back we might win it.

"You heard them singing 'Mick McCarthy is a Red'. I am and I always will be."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3021452467
2Burnley29151132156
3QPR2816841656
4Derby2915771752
5Nottm Forest29131241751
6Reading3013891247
7Ipswich3011118944
8Brighton2911108643
9Blackburn3011109243
10Leeds2912611542
11Wigan2811710240
12Middlesbrough309129639
13Huddersfield2910712037
14Watford288119535
15Bournemouth299812-1335
16Blackpool3081012-1434
17Sheff Wed287129233
18Birmingham298912-133
19Bolton2961112-1329
20Doncaster307815-1929
21Millwall296815-2826
22Charlton285914-1524
23Barnsley2841014-2022
24Yeovil285518-2120
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