Ipswich 1-2 Leicester

Leicester City came from behind to keep alive their play-off hopes with a rare away win against mid-table Ipswich.

Jason Scotland put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute of an entertaining game when he neatly controlled Lee Bowyer's pass and calmly fired the ball home.

But Ben Marshall levelled just before half-time with a long-range free-kick.

The Foxes improved after the break and David Nugent headed in the winner to take City to within three points off the top six with four games remaining.

Ipswich will consider themselves unfortunate not to have gone into the break ahead having had much the better of the first 45 minutes.

Scotland forced a decent stop from Kasper Schmeichel, who then pulled off an even better stop to tip Grant Leadbitter's 30-yard free-kick around the post.

Jermaine Beckford was twice guilty of wasteful finishing for Leicester but the hosts were still on top.

Scotland was a constant menace and had three openings before he finally broke the deadlock.

Marshall's fierce 35-yard free-kick made it 1-1 almost immediately and seemed to affect Town after the break.

City grabbed the winner when Nugent headed home after his initial effort was saved and they eased to victory with the minimum of fuss.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell:

"In the first half we played well. We were in the ascendancy and far superior, with lots of crosses and shots.

"To concede an equaliser in the manner we did, right on half-time, was a real kick in the teeth and we didn't seem to recover.

"We laboured, got stretched and went out with a whimper. The equaliser gave them a lift. They picked up their tempo in the second half.

"Leicester are a very good side and if they don't go up this season, I'd say they're certainties to go up next season, with the squad they've got."

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson:

"It's a great result for us. We've lacked consistency all season. There's very little margin for error but we've put ourselves in a position where we're still in with a shout.

"That's pleasing and if we can go into the last game of the season with something to play for we'll be pretty happy.

"All in all, the season hasn't really panned out the way we hoped but we're still in with a chance."

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