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Portman Road (ATT 18,361) 1st November 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Andy D'Urso

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Barnsley Barnsley

Ipswich 1

D Murphy (41)
A Cresswell (S/O 90+4)

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Barnsley 1

J O'Brien (70)

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Championship: Barnsley come from behind to claim point in 1-1 draw with Ipswich Town

Last Updated: 01/11/13 10:58pm

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Daryl Murphy: Headed his side ahead

Daryl Murphy: Headed his side ahead

Ipswich Town and Barnsley drew 1-1 in Friday night's Sky Bet Championship clash at Portman Road.

Winger Jim O'Brien jumped off the bench to give Barnsley their first away point against a disappointing Ipswich side on Friday night.

Daryl Murphy had delighted the Portman Road faithful with his fourth of the season but Ipswich failed to build on their 41st-minute lead during a below-par second-half performance.

O'Brien equalised in the 70th minute and Barnsley were guilty of wasting some great chances to win the game before Ipswich left-back Aaron Cresswell was sent off on the final whistle for foul and abusive language as the game ended 1-1.

The dismissal came moments after striker Frank Nouble was left incensed when referee Andy D'Urso waved away his late shouts for a penalty.

An action-packed last quarter was poles apart from a flat opening which saw neither side threaten to break the deadlock.

Slowly the televised match started to liven up for the cameras with the home side shading proceedings.

Paul Anderson shot over the crossbar from 18 yards after a neat chest control from Town top scorer David McGoldrick before Cresswell's dangerous low cross was deflected away by Jack Butland.

The pressure finally paid off four minutes before the interval when Cresswell's corner was met by the unmarked Murphy who thumped home his fourth of the season.

Out of nothing, the visitors went close to grabbing a shock equaliser on 50 minutes when Butland's long kick was neatly laid off by Marcus Pedersen and Chris O'Grady's powerful shot from 20 yards was parried around the post by Dean Gerken.

The chance galvanised the visitors who went on to enjoy the lion's share of possession.

An equaliser looked likely and with 20 minutes left, Barnsley finally made the breakthrough.

Paddy McCourt's cross brushed the head of Tommy Smith and O'Brien neatly steered the ball beyond Gerken's despairing dive.

The game finally sprung into life with Christophe Berra denying former Town striker Jason Scotland with a fantastic block and Luke Chambers testing Butland's handling from distance.

Four minutes from time, Scotland had a chance to win the match but his shot could only find the side-netting after he was able to control Tom Kennedy's deep free-kick and find space in the penalty area.

It was a golden chance and Town were hanging on.

Moments later, they were indebted to midfielder Cole Skuse who twice cleared the danger from inside his own six-yard area before O'Brien should have done better when he found space in the area but his toe-poke was comfortably gathered by Gerken.

Finally, Ipswich mustered a great opportunity of their own with Frank Nouble inches away from connecting with Jay Tabb's shot as the match entered injury-time.

And the bustling frontman was left fuming after tumbling over a challenge Jean Yves Mvoto in the penalty area.

The match ended with Cresswell sent off on the final whistle for foul and abusive language.

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Sky Bet Championship

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

Match Reaction

Flitcroft: We could have won

Flitcroft: We could have won

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft thought his side might have gone on to beat Ipswich after equalising in the 1-1 draw, while Mick McCarthy expected more from his team.