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Portman Road (ATT 21,921) 27th April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Birmingham City Birm'ham

Ipswich 3

C Edwards (6)
L Chambers (17)
D Murphy (57)

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Birm'ham 1

C Burke (90)

Ipswich secured their Championship safety with a 3-1 win over Birmingham.

Last Updated: 27/04/13 10:43pm

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Carlos Edwards: Scored the opener for Ipswich in their huge win

Carlos Edwards: Scored the opener for Ipswich in their huge win

Impressive Ipswich put the finishing touches to Championship safety as they brushed aside Birmingham in style at Portman Road with a 3-1 win.

Skipper Carlos Edwards put the hosts on their way with a stunning 25-yard strike early on before centre-back Luke Chambers, Players' Player of the Year for Town, headed home a second in the 17th minute.

Frank Nouble saw two goals chalked off for offside during a dominant first-half display from the Tractor Boys, who made sure of all three points after the break courtesy of Daryl Murphy's finish.

The Suffolk club headed into the final two games of the season six points clear of the drop zone and all but mathematically safe amid an absorbing relegation battle, and they now find themselves in the top half of the Championship table.

After loud appeals for handball were waved away, Jack Butland was forced into a brilliant save to tip over Murphy's header from Jay Tabb's corner.

But the England goalkeeper, on loan at Blues from Stoke, could only watch as Edwards' stunning long-range strike found the top corner from the right channel after just six minutes

Nikola Zigic saw his header ruled out for offside but it was the hosts who had made the better start, and it was soon 2-0.

Aaron Cresswell sent over an inch-perfect free-kick from the left wing and Chambers rose to head home from close range.

Nouble saw a third ruled out for offside before the encounter dipped into a quieter spell, with the Town striker lifting proceedings with a shot narrowly off target in the 40th minute.

It sparked a glowing finish to an impressive first-half performance from Town, who played some impressive football in the final third and, again, saw Nouble denied by the offside flag.

And all hopes of a fightback were extinguished in the 57th minute when Murphy turned and fired home from the edge of the penalty area.

It was a third goal of the game for the bluntest attack in the second tier, boasting just 45 goals from 44 games before kick-off.

And it was one which ended the game as a contest, and sparked a dip in the excitement on offer, with sub Chris Burke converting Shane Ferguson's injury-time cross to net a late consolation for Birmingham.

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4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
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13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17