Ipswich 2 West Brom 3
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Goals from Jason Koumas, Lloyd Dyer and Geoff Horsfield gave The Baggies all three points, though Ipswich will wonder how they did not get a point following strikes from Tommy Miller and Darren Bent.
Both sides were evenly contested in the early stages at Portman Road but it was the visitors who came closest to opening the scoring.
A long punt forward from Russell Hoult found the head of Lee Hughes and his flick fell into the path of Horsfield, who hit a sweet volley from outside of the box that beat the diving Kelvin Davis but shaved the outside of the post.
Town replied with Jim Magilton forcing a good save from Hoult before the Baggies' number one took a heavy fall after winning the ball in an aerial challenge with Georges Santos in the box.
Santos then missed a glorious chance with a header from a free kick from the right while Bent was caught offside in West Brom's box when he scored with an unmarked header.
However, Joe Royle's men would break the deadlock two minutes before the break when a Matthew Richards pass found the stride of on-running Miller.
He went past Darren Moore in the box before slotting a left foot finish home to give Ipswich a 1-0 lead at the break.
Hoult's heavy fall in the first half forced him to come off at the break and be replaced by back-up custodian Joe Murphy.
West Brom then had a goal ruled out when Horsfield scored from an offside position after Hughes squared a ball to him six yards out.
However, the match turned on its head when West Brom scored twice in 84 seconds through two substitutes.
Koumas curled a sublime right-footed free kick past Davis to level before fellow sub Dyer latched onto a Horsfield pass before striking home to give The Baggies the lead.
But that lasted five minutes as Town drew level when a ball into the box saw an aerial collision between keeper Murphy and Ipswich striker Shefki Kuqi.
The ball came loose for Bent to roll his shot home for 2-2.
With the match seemingly destined for a draw in injury time, the Black Country club snatched it as Koumas's through ball to Hughes in Ipswich's box saw him quickly square to an unmarked Horsfield to slip home West Brom's last-gasp winner.
However, Ipswich will think the former Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic hit-man was in an offside position when the move started.
The win keeps Gary Megson's side on course for automatic promotion back to The Premiership while Ipswich miss the chance to go back into the play-off places.
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Ipswich 2-3 West Brom
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