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Goldsands Stadium (ATT 11,096) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

B'mouth Bournemouth vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

B'mouth 1

B Pitman (74)

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Ipswich 1

D Murphy (59)

Sky Bet Championship: Brett Pitman earns Bournemouth a 1-1 draw against Ipswich

Last Updated: 30/12/13 10:44am

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Brett Pitman cancelled out Daryl Murphy's opener

Brett Pitman cancelled out Daryl Murphy's opener

Brett Pitman cancelled out Daryl Murphy's opener as Bournemouth came from behind to draw 1-1 with in-form Ipswich, who nevertheless moved into the Sky Bet Championship play-off places with a point.

Cherries striker Pitman smashed past Dean Gerken on 73 minutes after the goalkeeper had saved brilliantly from Andrew Surman's long-range effort.

Murphy had opened the scoring after 58 minutes, turning home a teasing Frank Nouble cross past Lee Camp for his sixth of the season.

The result ensures Mick McCarthy's men are now unbeaten in seven and have not lost away from Portman Road since early September, putting them in a play-off spot.

Away side Ipswich started brightly and forced a succession of corners. In-form striker David McGoldrick had the game's first shot on goal after seven minutes but his side failed to build on the early promise.

Bournemouth sprung into life after 10 minutes and should have gone ahead through Ryan Fraser.

Lewis Grabban squared for Fraser after good work from Josh McQuoid but the Scottish winger saw his goal-bound drive brilliantly diverted wide by Luke Chambers.

Fresh from two wins in a row and full of confidence the Cherries went close to opening the scoring once more after 21 minutes.

Fraser sped on to a calamitous back pass from Ipswich left back Aaron Cresswell but blazed his shot over the bar when clean through on goal.

The Tractor Boys' goal was living a charmed life and two minutes later Gerken had to be alert to tip over a dipping Eunan O'Kane effort.

Gerken's best save of the afternoon was a brave stop from Bournemouth top scorer Lewis Grabban who had found space in the box after a good pass from Surman.

Ipswich, who named an unchanged side for the fifth successive match, pushed forward towards the end of the half but a deflected Luke Hyam effort was as close as they got to seriously troubling Camp.

Hyam got on the end of a Murphy cross straight after the break and would have scored but for a vital interception from Elliott Ward.

After Murphy's strike Bournemouth pushed forward and Fraser continued his duel with Gerken but came off second best once again after 65 minutes.

Pitman's fifth of the campaign lifted Bournemouth and in an end-to-end tussle it could have gone either way and the home side thought they had nicked the winner with 10 minutes remaining.

Matt Ritchie's deep cross was palmed into his own net by Gerken but referee Phil Gibbs adjudged the keeper had been fouled in his box by Tommy Elphick.

Pitman smelt another goal after 82 minutes but directed his glancing header just wide from substitute Marc Pugh's cross.

Gerken stayed strong until the end though, keeping out further drives from Surman and watching a Grabban header fly over the bar in injury time.

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1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26