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Ipswich Town 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Daryl Murphy and Tyrone Mings
Daryl Murphy (left) has scored 19 goals in the Championship this season

Ipswich came from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday as they ended a three-game winless run to move fourth in the Championship.

Kieran Lee pounced on a mix-up between Christophe Berra and keeper Bartosz Bialkowski to tap home and give Wednesday a half-time lead.

Daryl Murphy - the league's leading scorer - levelled with a header before Luke Chambers nodded the winner.

Mick McCarthy's Ipswich are five points off top spot, while Wednesday sit 10th.

Freddie Sears - a January signing from Colchester - made his full debut and created the equaliser for Murphy, who is now three clear of Derby's Chris Martin in the league's scoring charts.

Murphy's glancing flick early in the second period cancelled out Lee's strike, which arrived when the ball ricocheted off Bialkowski's chest and into the midfielder's path.

Murphy tested Wednesday keeper Kieran Westwood with a powerful strike and headed against the upright in the last action of the first half.

He finally found the net seven minutes after the restart, and Darren Ambrose hit the post with a header shortly after.

Ipswich were in the ascendancy and Chambers met Kevin Bru's cross to head powerfully into the corner in the 67th minute.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"Captains make the difference at times. Luke Chambers drives the team forward, he's a really good character and he got into the box to score.

"They were two good headers and we absolutely deserved the win - it would have been a travesty if we had not got the points. It is now about maintaining it and doing it again on Saturday.

"The lads on the periphery have supported the side and if you don't give them a chance when we have won only once, when will they get their chance? They came in tonight and did really well."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"That was our worst performance of the season, without a doubt. It was not like us at all. We were not at it from kick-off and that makes it even more frustrating.

"We were out-fought and out-battled and had too many men have an off-day.

"I said to the players at half-time I could have made six or seven changes - we can't keep relying on Keiren Westwood to make saves."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6Berra
  • 2Parr
  • 29Ambrose
  • 27BishopSubstituted forBruat 57'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 12HuntSubstituted forMingsat 45'minutes
  • 20SearsSubstituted forHuntat 86'minutes
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 3Mings
  • 11Anderson
  • 16Hunt
  • 17Bru
  • 18Tabb
  • 28Clarke

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 36VermijlSubstituted forBuxtonat 66'minutes
  • 15Lees
  • 35Dielna
  • 3Mattock
  • 37McGuganSubstituted forNuhiuat 66'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMeloat 59'minutes
  • 17Helan
  • 7May
  • 48Keane

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 19Maghoma
  • 28Bus
  • 33Melo
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
17,306

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough30178548202859
2Bournemouth30177664313358
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich30159648301854
5Watford30165959342553
6Brentford30164104639752
7Norwich30148857362150
8Wolves3013983838048
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Sheff Wed3091292328-539
11Birmingham30911103241-938
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Bolton30107133744-737
14Reading30107133545-1037
15Huddersfield30107134052-1237
16Cardiff3099123743-636
17Leeds3098133240-835
18Fulham30105154353-1035
19Rotherham30712112938-933
20Charlton3061592841-1333
21Brighton30612123239-730
22Millwall3079142847-1930
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool3048182356-3320
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