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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.

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Warburton on Ipswich v Brentford

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.

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McCarthy on Ipswich v Brentford

"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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Brentford 1.

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

Foul by Chris Wood (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

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

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

Hand ball by Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town).

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

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Brentford).

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

Chris Wood (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Jonathan Parr.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Teddy Bishop with a cross.

Offside, Brentford. Alex Pritchard tries a through ball, but Chris Long is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Chris Long replaces Andre Gray.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Gray (Brentford).

Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Harlee Dean replaces Liam Moore.

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jota replaces Alan Judge.

Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Chris Wood is caught offside.

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As It Stood

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2Derby36199868392966
3Watford362061072442866
4Middlesbrough36199854262866
5Norwich36198970393165
6Brentford361951258461262
7Ipswich361710956391761
8Wolves361610105044658
9Nottm Forest361411115951853
10Sheff Wed361213113234-249
11Blackburn351212114545048
12Charlton361115104145-448
13Leeds36138153946-747
14Birmingham361113124252-1046
15Cardiff361111144348-544
16Huddersfield36119164562-1742
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Rotherham36913143753-1640
21Fulham36116194764-1739
22Wigan36710193248-1631
23Millwall36710193160-2931
24Blackpool36410222970-4122
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