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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 1 (1) Brentford

Sky Bet Championship 2014-15

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Referee: Scott Duncan

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 20,132

Manager: Mark Warburton

Match Number: 3597


 Daryl Murphy (8)
 Jonathan Douglas (24)


Alan JudgePeleteiro Ramallo (66)
Liam MooreHarlee Dean (70)
Andre GrayChris Long (74)


 Jonathan Parr (81)
 Alex Pritchard (36)
 Jonathan Douglas (51)
 Toumani Diagouraga (80)
 Moses Odubajo (83)



David Button

Moses Odubajo

James Tarkowski

Liam Moore

Jake Bidwell

Toumani Diagouraga

Jonathan Douglas

Stuart Dallas

Alex Pritchard

Alan Judge

Andre Gray



Jack Bonham

Harlee Dean

Alan McCormack

Jon-Miquel Toral

Peleteiro Ramallo

Tommy Smith

Chris Long

Match Report

Ipswich 1 Brentford 1

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.

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.

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.

"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."

BBC Sport

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