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Matchday Live: Ipswich Town v AFC Bournemouth
Updated 9:32pm Monday 21st April 2014 in Sport
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- Ipswich Town 2-2 Cherries (full-time)
- Ipswich: Gerken; Richardson, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson (Nouble, 53), Wordsworth (Green, h-t), Skuse, Hunt; Williams (Mings, 76); Murphy. Subs not used: Loach, Tabb, Taylor, Marriott.
- Cherries: Camp; Francis, Ward, Cook, Daniels (Smith, 66); Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Pugh (Rantie, 66); Kermorgant, Grabban. Subs not used: Allsop, Elphick, Harte, MacDonald, Fraser.
- Reporting by Ned Payne
Final score: Ipswich 2 Cherries 2.
A useful low attempt from Grabban but Gerken makes sure the ball goes wide by getting a strong right hand to it.
Kermorgant catches a volley superbly from outside the area but his attempt is beaten away by Gerken.
Bournemouth Poppies have won 3-1 at Verwood.
Blackburn's lead at Birmingham has been cut to 4-2.
A Cresswell free kick from the left is met by sub Mings with a flicked header, but the ball drifts across goal and a matter of inches past the right post.
This game is getting very stretched now.
Out of nowhere, Cherries are level. The visitors win a free kick on the edge of the box and Surman tees up Ritchie, with the winger’s drive deflecting off the edge of the wall and into the left corner. Keeper Dean Gerken was completely wrong-footed.
On comes Tyrone Mings, formerly of Southern League Chippenham.
Poole lead Bashley 5-0.
Some 890 Cherries fans made the trip to Portman Road today.
Birmingham have pulled one back against Blackburn and trail 4-1.
It’s Pugh’s last act as he is replaced by Tokelo Rantie. Meanwhile, Adam Smith comes on for Charlie Daniels.
Wonderful move from Cherries as the ball passes through Kermorgant, Surman and Ritchie before Francis crosses low across goal. Pugh is unmarked at the back post but he skies over the bar. What a chance. Should have been 2-2.
Cherries need to get a foothold in this second half. They have struggled since the break.
Wimborne are 2-0 ahead against Tiverton.
Ipswich are sixth in the Championship as we stand.
Poole are now 4-0 up against Bashley.
The home side are back in front once more. It was an absolute peach of a free kick delivery from the left by Cresswell and half-time sub Paul Green powered a bullet header straight down the middle.
Anderson can't carry on following an earlier injury. He's replaced by Frank Nouble.
Wimborne are 1-0 up against Tiverton.
Grabban beats the offside trap but can’t control the ball. What a chance that nearly was.
Watford lead 1-0 against QPR.
Blackpool have levelled at 1-1 against Brighton.
Verwood pull one back against Poppies and are just 2-1 down now.
Brighton are 1-0 up against Blackpool.
Poole lead Bashley 2-0.
The players are back out.
Having watched the replay, it turns out Cook teed himself up by heading the ball into the air. It was difficult to tell initially as several players went for the ball, but that's a goal AND an assist for the centre-half. I wonder if he meant it...
Poole 1-0 up against relegated Bashley in the Southern Prem.
Wimborne drawing 0-0 at home to Tiverton after first 45 minutes.
Cherries had 14 shots to Ipswich's four in that first half.
Blackburn 4-0 up at Birmingham at half-time. Brighton level at 0-0 with Blackpool. Wigan 2-0 down at Burnley.
What an equaliser that was. A Daniels free kick from deep isn’t cleared and of all people, Steve Cook, leaps high and smashes a superb bicycle kick into the roof of the net from seven yards. I can’t imagine he’ll ever score one like that again.
Grabban goes close but the ball deflects behind.
Barmy couple of minutes. Fair to say the Tractor Boys scored against the run of play. A two-goal lead would have been very harsh on Cherries.
It could so easily have been 2-0. A free kick from the boot of Cresswell is bound for the left corner, but Lee Camp dives full-length to tip the ball against the outside of the post. Wonderful stop.
The hosts take the lead with their first shot on target. Cole Skuse delivers across the face of goal and Daryl Murphy just misses the ball sliding in, but Paul Anderson is there to slam into the roof of the net at the back post.
Left-back Aaron Cresswell has Ipswich’s first shot of the game from a narrow angle. It was nowhere near, in truth. A bit of a wild attempt.
Ward squashes Jonny Williams after winning a header in the box. Half-hearted calls for a penalty from the home fans. Referee D'Urso not interested.
A comedy of errors as Ritchie and Eunan O’Kane both mis-kick in the area. O’Kane’s was more central and a better chance.
Marc Pugh turns his man inside out and crosses for Kermorgant, but the Frenchman can’t quite grow enough and his header loops clear of the bar.
Striker Yann Kermorgant misjudges a header from Francis’ cross and the ball flies off-target.
Francis shoots miles over the bar from range after Cherries force a couple of corners.
Bournemouth Poppies have doubled their lead against Verwood. That's 2-0.
Blackburn are now 3-0 up at Birmingham.
Burnley lead Wigan 1-0.
Blackburn now lead 2-0 at Birmingham.
Most of the pressure is from Cherries so far, but the visitors have nothing to show for it.
The first attempt on goal finally arrives as Grabban screws well wide of the near post from 20 yards.
Blackburn are one up at Birmingham.
Still no shots on goal at Portman Road.
Bournemouth Poppies lead 1-0 at Verwood in the Wessex League. The goalscorer was Elliot Ward (not that one) from the spot.
Very little to report from the opening exchanges.
Skipper Francis calls the Cherries players into a huddle. Proud moment for him today.
Arter has joined Richard Hughes and Brett Pitman in the press box to watch the game.
Arter is missing from today's squad due to a thigh injury while Elphick has been struggling with a back complaint.
DataCo restrictions mean that as always, today's game will be reported with a three-minute delay.
Andy D'Urso is today's referee.
Portman Road is bathed in sunshine and it is a warm day for football.
As we stand, Cherries are three points off the play-offs with three games to go. We will know a bit more about the outcome of the 2013/14 season come 5pm, although Nottingham Forest are kicking off at Leeds at 5.15pm.
Daniels last started in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield on January 28 while Ward last started in the 1-0 defeat to Leicester on February 1.
In Elphick’s absence, Simon Francis is captain for the day.
A coach delay meant Cherries' players only started their warm-up a few minutes ago.
Ipswich starting XI v Cherries: Gerken; Richardson, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson, Wordsworth, Skuse, Hunt; Williams; Murphy.
Subs: Loach, Mings, Green, Tabb, Taylor, Marriott, Nouble.
Boss Eddie Howe has made two changes, both in defence, with skipper Tommy Elphick and Ian Harte relegated to the bench. Elliott Ward and Charlie Daniels are chosen in their place. Striker Lewis Grabban is considered fit enough for selection but there is no place in the squad for midfielder Harry Arter, available following a three-game suspension.
Cherries starting XI v Ipswich: Camp; Francis, Ward, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Pugh; Kermorgant, Grabban.
Subs: Allsop, Elphick, Harte, Smith, MacDonald, Fraser, Rantie.
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