Section: Ipswich

Championship: Ipswich 1-1 Bournemouth

Substitute Kenwyne Jones struck on his Bournemouth debut to salvage a point away to Ipswich Town.

The striker, on loan from Cardiff, had been on for just over three minutes when he headed in from a corner.

Freddie Sears had put the home side ahead early on, and goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski had preserved their lead with several important saves.

The Cherries pressed for a late winner with Bialkowski saving deep into added time but had to settle for a point.

Trinidad and Tobago international Jones had admitted to being “surprised” by his move from south Wales to the south coast having scored 13 times.

But his deft header could prove to be vital in Bournemouth’s bid to be promoted to the Premier League for the first time.

They had been replaced as Championship leaders by Middlesbrough earlier in the day, and the draw at Portman Road kept them in second place before Derby’s evening meeting with Watford.

Ipswich’s point put them into the play-off places ahead of Derby v Watford, and they were ahead after just six minutes when Sears found the top corner for his fifth goal since joining from Colchester in January.

Bialkowski helped keep Ipswich ahead with some fine saves, twice denying long-range efforts from Ryan Fraser.

Matt Ritchie also tested Ipswich’s Polish keeper from distance, with Fraser scuffing his follow-up shot wide.

Bournemouth’s Artur Boruc used his legs to thwart Luke Varney, and the on-loan Pole’s save proved vital when Jones equalised shortly afterwards.

The ex-Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke striker cleverly guided Ritchie’s corner past Bialkowski, who prevented Bournemouth enjoying a dramatic win with a brilliant save to deny Yann Kermorgant in injury time.

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Championship: Rotherham 2-0 Ipswich

Conor Sammon scored against his former club to help Rotherham to a surprise win over promotion hopefuls Ipswich.

The striker, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Portman Road, lashed home from close range after the visitors failed to clear a corner.

Matt Derbyshire’s earlier header put the Millers ahead as he stooped at the far post following a defensive lapse.

Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin made several saves, including a fingertip stop from Luke Chambers’ header.

The three points for Steve Evans’s men was just their second victory at the New York Stadium since mid-October, while Ipswich have now won once in their last six league games and drop to fifth in the table.

Daryl Murphy, the Championship’s leading scorer with 18 goals, spurned a glorious opportunity to put the visitors ahead after just 16 seconds when he burst into the box after outmuscling Millers captain Craig Morgan, but his weak effort was saved easily by the legs of Collin.

After such a bright opening, the game quietened down before the hosts opened the scoring through former Olympiacos forward Derbyshire.

Ben Pringle’s deep free-kick evaded every Ipswich player, Morgan flicked the ball on and it found its way to Derbyshire, who bravely dived in to nod home.

The visitors began the second half brightly and almost equalised when Cole Skuse’s pin-point free-kick found the head of Chambers, but his powerful header was superbly tipped over by Collin.

Shortly after Murphy’s header was cleared off the line by Zeki Fryers, the hosts went down the other end and doubled their advantage throughDerby loanee Sammon.

Pringle’s corner was not cleared by the Tractor Boys’ defence, the ball broke to Sammon and he lashed it past Polish keeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

The second goal seemed to deflate Mick McCarthy’s side as they pushed forward but failed to create any clear-cut opportunities before Millers substitute Jordan Bowery almost made it 3-0 in stoppage time, when he raced through on goal but his attempt was kept out by Bialkowski.

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FA Cup: Ipswich 0-1 Southampton

Long takes Saints through

Southampton may have failed to reach the heights of Sunday’s win at Old Trafford, but Ronald Koeman’s side never looked in any real danger of losing their FA Cup third-round replay at Ipswich.

Basking in the afterglow of their memorable 1-0 win against Manchester United, Saints arrived in Suffolk looking to avoid looking another cup exit to lower-level opposition.

The Premier League high flyers were last month embarrassed in the Capital Cup quarter-finals by third-tier Sheffield United, but they did not slip up against the Championship promotion chasers as Shane Long’s first-half strike saw them through 1-0 victors.

It was a far cry from the quick Ipswich start that had those inside a packed-out Portman Road crowd – and millions watching on terrestrial TV – believing an upset could be on the cards, with Stephen Hunt finding the net early on.

However, the veteran Town midfielder’s effort was chalked off for offside and Mick McCarthy’s promotion chasers managed just one other shot on Fraser Forster’s goal.

Saints were pragmatic rather than pretty, though, with the decisive goal coming after 19 minutes when Long reacted quickly to produce a lovely finish after James Ward-Prowse was tackled.

The much-changed visitors failed to create many more clear-cut chances but were able to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games, setting up a fourth-round clash with former manager Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side.

The only negative on the night was the hamstring injury sustained by Victor Wanyama – a particular concern following the pre-match news that fellow defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin faces up to three weeks out with an adductor strain.

The France international was one of five alterations to the win at United and perhaps those changes were behind the Premier League side’s slow start – one which Ipswich thought they had capitalised on.

With less than five minutes on the clock, Hunt raced onto a Kevin Bru through ball and beat Forster, only for the offside flag to bring the Irishman’s celebrations to a halt.

That let-off gave Saints’ defence a jolt but those in front of them struggled to find any coherence, with a wayward Wanyama effort from distance all they could muster until the 19th minute.

Neat team play and a clever turn saw Ward-Prowse through on goal. Ipswich captain Luke Chambers produced a wonderful challenge to deny the England Under-21s midfielder, only for the ball to fall for Long to fire home an impressive first-time strike.

Wanyama and Ward-Prowse had efforts of differing quality from distance as they attempted to add to the opener, while Long twice bore down on former Southampton goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.

Dusan Tadic saw a goalbound shot blocked as the first half entered stoppage time – a period in which the visitors key man Wanyama sustained a game-ending hamstring injury.

Things could have got even worse for Saints after their former striker David McGoldrick got free, but he could only fire into the side-netting.

Long continued to prove a nuisance when play resumed after half-time, when Town at last began to make an attacking imprint.

Substitute Tyrone Mings, another with Southampton links, provided a fine cross which Darren Ambrose directed goalwards – the Tractor Boys’ only shot on target – while a dangerous cross from the bandaged Daryl Murphy called Jose Fonte into action

Ipswich were now enjoying more possession but too often the final ball let them down, with Saints skipper Fonte helping his team keep firm at the back.

As the clock wound down Bru failed to find the target, as did substitute Graziano Pelle at the other end, and Saints progressed.

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FA Cup: Southampton 1-1 Ipswich

Championship side Ipswich Town frustrated Premier League Southampton to earn an FA Cup third-round replay.

Darren Ambrose, making his first start for Town since rejoining them in September, put the visitors ahead with a header from Tyrone Mings’s cross.

But Saints scored a deserved equaliser when Morgan Schneiderlin capitalised on hesitation between Ipswich keeper Dean Gerken and defender Christophe Berra.

Despite having 66% of the possession, Southampton could not find a winner.

Ipswich did not win a corner and created no second-half chances, but Mick McCarthy’s well-organised side battled hard, often with 10 men behind the ball, to earn a replay at Portman Road on 14 January.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman had said it was “his dream” to take his side to the FA Cup final at Wembley and played a full-strength side at a sold-out St Mary’s Stadium.

However, the home fans were shocked when Ipswich, second in the Championship and with only one defeat in their previous 20 matches, took the lead after 19 minutes.

Daryl Murphy passed to Mings, whose cross from the byline found Ambrose and his looping header went past home goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

But Koeman’s side, who are fourth in the Premier League, showed their class as they dominated from then on.

Victor Wanyama shot wide from 25 yards and Graziano Pelle’s back-heel went just wide, before Steven Davis and James Ward-Prowse were denied by Gerken.

However, the Ipswich goalkeeper was at fault for Saints’ goal when he failed to clear the danger and Schneiderlin nipped between him and Berra to score.

Southampton continued their domination after the break and only some excellent defending from Tommy Smith denied Pelle a tap-in.

The Italy international also had a low shot saved by Gerken before Saints substitute Lloyd Isgrove shot wide in injury-time as Ipswich held on for the draw.

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Championship: Bournemouth 2-2 Ipswich

Daryl Murphy’s header rescued a point for Ipswich as Bournemouth lost ground on Championship leaders Derby.

Yann Kermorgant’s scissors kick gave Bournemouth the lead but Ipswich pulled level through Teddy Bishop’s side-foot.

Ritchie’s close-range shot at the back post put Bournemouth back in front, but Murphy equalised with a header from Paul Anderson’s free-kick.

The result put Bournemouth three points behind Derby, with Ipswich a point further behind in fourth.

The Cherries began at a blistering pace with Ritchie thumping the bar from 18 yards before Kermorgant found the net with a superb strike for his fourth of the season.

Bournemouth continued to press and Ipswich had goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to thank after he denied Marc Pugh, Callum Wilson and Ritchie in quick succession.

Ipswich grew into the game as the half wore on and a header by Murphy glanced the crossbar.

Cherries keeper Artur Boruc was also called into action before the break, first saving David McGoldrick’s strike with his legs, before tipping Christophe Berra’s header over the bar.

However, Ipswich equalised five minutes after half-time as Bishop converted Tyrone Mings’ cross from 12 yards.

That scoreline lasted just four minutes as Bournemouth went back in front, Wilson finding Ritchie, who converted at the back post.

Bournemouth were denied a penalty after substitute Tokelo Rantie was sandwiched by two Ipswich defenders, an incident that resulted in the South Africa striker being stretchered off and forced 12 minutes of stoppage time.

Pugh’s shot was then well saved by Bialkowski, but it was Ipswich who scored next with Murphy’s header from Anderson’s swung free-kick to make it 2-2.

Bournemouth pushed for a winner, with Pugh curling a shot just wide and seeing another effort saved, while Harry Arter blazed over the bar and Brett Pitman wasted another chance in added time.

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