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Portman Road (ATT 17,021) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Deadman

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Leicester City Leicester

Ipswich 1

D McGoldrick (85)

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Championship: Ipswich improved their chances of avoiding relegation with a 1-0 win over Leicester

Last Updated: 06/03/13 11:29am

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Mick McCarthy celebrates late winner

Mick McCarthy celebrates late winner

David McGoldrick's 85th-minute winner hauled Ipswich away from the relegation zone as Leicester's faltering season continued with a 1-0 defeat at Portman Road.

The match appeared to be heading for a goalless draw until a Wes Morgan error allowed McGoldrick to slam in the winner and lift Mick McCarthy's side up to 18th in the Championship table.

The first half was a fairly scrappy affair and it was no surprise that the two sides went into the break deadlocked.

The visitors were marginally the better side with on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane posing the biggest threat, drilling his first chance into the side netting after a surging run into the Ipswich box.

Kane was played in again by Richie De Laet shortly after but scuffed his shot wide and he had the ball in the net just before the interval only to be denied by a linesman's flag.

The best chance of the half fell to the hosts when McGoldrick's cross was steered goalwards by Michael Chopra to bring a smart save from Kasper Schmeichel.

Town emerged with more purpose in the second half and Carlos Edwards only just failed to get a toe to Lee Martin's driven centre before the Trinidad and Tobago man set up McGoldrick to call Schmeichel into action again.

Kane was then handed a gilt-edged chance to put the Foxes in front when he intercepted a loose backpass from Tommy Smith but he rolled his shot tamely wide with only Stephen Henderson to beat.

City threatened again as De Laet missed a volleyed chance from Paul Gallagher's free-kick while Morgan had to clear a dangerous Edwards cross from under his own crossbar.

And Morgan gifted the hosts the winner when he failed to deal with a high ball and Daryl Murphy pounced to feed McGoldrick, who slotted under Schmeichel from a tight angle.

The Foxes pressed forward in search of an equaliser but a stubborn rearguard action from Ipswich put another dent in Nigel Pearson's play-off ambitions.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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