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Ipswich Town 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn Rovers celebrate
Though Ben Marshall rescued a point, Blackburn have gone winless for four games

Ben Marshall's stoppage-time free-kick rescued a point for 10-man Blackburn and denied in-form Ipswich.

Marshall perfectly placed a curling effort to cancel out a similarly brilliant dead-ball finish from Ipswich's David McGoldrick.

That goal came after a foul on Conor Sammon, for which Matthew Kilgallon was shown a second yellow card.

Ipswich remain unbeaten in eight games and stay sixth in the Championship, while Blackburn slip to 13th.

However, Mick McCarthy's men may feel they have wasted the chance to end a run of what is now three successive draws, both through their profligacy in front of goal and the inability to hold off the 10 men of Rovers.

McGoldrick had two chances to make the points safe, only for a volley to smack against the post and a breakaway to be denied by visiting goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Prior to that, Ipswich's Stephen Hunt had a header cleared off the line by Shane Duffy as Blackburn reeled from the double blow of going behind and losing Kilgallon.

The former Sheffield United man was fortunate to only be cautioned in a first clash with Sammon, then received a red card for a second.

With 11 men on the pitch in the first half, Blackburn had enjoyed the better of the chances, with Jordan Rhodes, Rudy Gestede and Lee Williamson all going close.

Ipswich improved after the break with McGoldrick coming to the fore but it was Marshall who had the final say.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy: "We had enough chances and really should have put the game to bed. We kept them interested. The first half was pretty ordinary with not too many chances, but we were the dominant team with or without 10 men.

"Blackburn stuck at it, but we let them off the hook. Still, it's another point and if we end up in the play-offs by a point, it won't matter."

Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer: "I would rather talk about our spirit and never-say-die attitude in such a young group. Their energy and work-rate was great and it was a good lesson in how to play with 10 men.

"This group of men have the potential to be really special for this football club."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Parr
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 17BruSubstituted forAndersonat 85'minutes
  • 8SkuseBooked at 83mins
  • 50WilliamsSubstituted forTabbat 79'minutes
  • 32Sammon
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 12HuntSubstituted forAmbroseat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Anderson
  • 14Bajner
  • 18Tabb
  • 23Henshall
  • 28Clarke
  • 29Ambrose
  • 33Bialkowski

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 12Marshall
  • 22Duffy
  • 4KilgallonBooked at 64mins
  • 14Olsson
  • 10CairneySubstituted forTunnicliffeat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 29Evans
  • 17Williamson
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forBaptisteat 68'minutes
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forHenleyat 75'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 2Henley
  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Baptiste
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 25Tunnicliffe
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
16,972

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor Sammon (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Darren Ambrose replaces Stephen Hunt.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

  7. Post update

    Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Booking

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Stephen Hunt (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Conor Sammon (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Paul Anderson replaces Kevin Bru.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Corry Evans with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Tom Cairney.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Stephen Hunt with a cross following a corner.

  19. Booking

    Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Adam Henley.