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Portman Road (ATT 28,796) 2nd April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Hegley

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Ipswich edge Rams in thriller

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 02/04/05 5:15pm

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Ipswich moved level on points with Wigan Athletic in second place in the Championship by beating Derby 3-2 in a hugely entertaining encounter at Portman Road.

Marcus Tudgay headed Derby in front after seven minutes, but Ipswich hit back with goals from Jim Magilton, Darren Bent and Tommy Miller before Inigo Idiakez ensured a frantic finale with a late goal for the Rams.

Both teams also missed a hatful of chances in a bright and open match, with Derby showing just why they have won 10 times away from home in the league this season.

However, Ipswich made better use of the goalscoring opportunities and also hit the woodwork twice as they took full advantage of Wigan's defeat to West Ham.

Derby made the brighter start and were rewarded with a goal after only seven minutes. The lively Morten Bisgaard cut in from the right wing and when his shot was deflected it fell perfectly for Tudgay to head past Kelvin Davis.

George Burley's side continued to force the pace and should have been two ahead when Tommy Smith crossed from the left and Bisgaard somehow missed the target from six yards.

That brought Ipswich to life and after Shefki Kuqi missed a similar chance at the other end, Richard Naylor crashed a header against the bar from close range after meeting Darren Currie's corner.

Grzegorz Rasiak headed over when he should have done better from Smith's right-wing cross, before Magilton equalised with the aid of a slight deflection after good work by Kuqi and Bent.

Adam Bolder cleared a Naylor header off the line as Ipswich threatened again and Derby immediately broke away - Idiakez getting clear down the right only to blaze a right-foot shot high over the bar.

Derby were caught cold right at the start of the second half when Miller played the ball forward for Bent and he clipped a first time shot beyond Camp to give his side the lead.

Bisgaard should have equalised for the visitors but volleyed over after meeting a clever flick from Rasiak while at the other end Kuqi rattled the bar from 20 yards, before Miller scored the decisive third goal for Ipswich, volleying in from the edge of the area after a Currie corner was half cleared.

Idiakez looped a header over Davis with just a few minutes left to play, but Derby could not force an equaliser to boost their play-off claims and Ipswich held on.

 

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Sky Bet Championship

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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