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Portman Road (ATT 20,862) 3rd May 2014 - Kick off 12:15

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Ipswich 2

T Smith (37)
P Green (67)

ft

Sheff Wed 1

K Lee (55)

Sky Bet Championship: Ipswich end season with a 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday

Last Updated: 03/05/14 3:11pm

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Paul Green: Headed in the winner at Portman Road

Paul Green: Headed in the winner at Portman Road

Paul Green ensured Ipswich Town ended the season in the Championship's top 10 after Mick McCarthy's men beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at Portman Road.

Tommy Smith tapped in the opening goal eight minutes from half-time before Ipswich were pegged back by Kieran Lee's smartly-taken goal.

But Green headed home Stephen Hunt's wicked inswinging free-kick to ensure the three points - even if their play-off dreams had ended seven days ago.

Wednesday just shaded the opening exchanges with Michail Antonio denied a certain goal by an excellent block from Luke Chambers after eight minutes.

Sam Hutchinson and Atdhe Nuhiu could not find the target from headers as Wednesday continued to make the most of the game's half-chances before Frazier Richardson sliced a chance wide after a quick free-kick involving Aaron Cresswell and Frank Nouble.

Then out of nothing, Ipswich broke the deadlock after 37 minutes. A sustained period of pressure saw the ball fall to Green on the edge of the box.

Rather than shooting, the loan midfielder played a smart pass to Daryl Murphy whose curling shot was initially well saved by Damian Martinez but the keeper was grounded as Smith tapped the rebound into the empty net.

Minutes later they could have doubled their lead. Murphy broke clear and beat both away centre-backs, Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu, but his powerful shot hit the inside of the post.

The visitors were only denied a deserved half-time equaliser by the expertise of Town keeper Dean Gerken who first produced a wonderful diving save to thwart ex-Ipswich youngster Caolan Lavery.

Then from the resulting corner, Antonio turned the ball goalwards from inside the six-yard area but Gerken was again equal to it in the last action of a first-half that got better as it went on.

With Ipswich now looking more comfortable resorting back to 4-4-2 after starting in an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation, Murphy headed over from Cresswell's fizzing cross.

At the other end, Nuhiu again showed his own prowess in the air but he again directed Chris Maguire's long centre wide of the far post.

But the impressive Wednesday travelling fans did not have to wait long to celebrate an equaliser, which came 10 minutes after the restart.

Joe Mattock's low cross from the left was initially miscued by Lavery but it fell invitingly to Lee who calmly found the far corner of the net.

Wednesday were in the ascendancy and the impressive Maguire tested Gerken's handling with a low drive from 25 yards.

So it was slightly against the run of play that Ipswich regained the lead in the 67th minute.

McCarthy's two substitutes both made an impact, Paul Taylor fouled and Hunt sending in a devilish inswinging free-kick which Green flicked into the net.

With neither side having anything meaningful to play for, the second half drifted although Antonio was guilty of wasting two good chances from distance before Cresswell blocked Hutchinson's fierce drive.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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