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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

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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