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

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Derby 2

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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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