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Coventry City 1-2 Ipswich Town: Tractor Boys take giant step towards Premier League


Ipswich Town beat Coventry City 2-1 to move within a point of Premier League promotion.

The Tractor Boys held on away from home to pick up their first win in four matches.

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Kieffer Moore opened the scoring for the visitors eight minutes in after Wes Burns did well on the right-hand side to beat his man and pull the ball back to the Welsh striker.

Haji Wright hit back for Coventry early in the second half. The 26-year-old drifted inside and smashed a low shot in, beating Vaclav Hladky at his near post.

The goal sparked changes for Ipswich, with Moore and Nathan Broadhead being replaced by Jeremy Sarmiento and George Hirst.

Kieran McKenna’s changes had the desired effect as five minutes after the hosts equalised, the Suffolk side were back in front.

Leif Davis’ free-kick was met by Cameron Burgess who saw his initial header blocked, but followed up with a poked effort that beat Brad Collins and restored the visitors’ lead.

Ipswich thought they should have had a penalty with 15 minutes to go after Omari Hutchinson appeared to be fouled in the box, but the referee waved play on to the frustrations of the away players.

With 12 minutes of added time, the Tractor Boys were holding on for their lives and 17-year-old Aidan Dausch very nearly spoiled the party with a late goal.

His curled effort sailed just wide of the goal, prompting huge cheers from the away supporters.

With that, the men in orange closed out the win and secured the biggest three points of their season.

They now have the chance to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2002 when they take on Huddersfield on Saturday.

One step closer

Fans in East Anglia are already celebrating a historic season but defender George Edmundson says the job is not done yet ahead of the finale at Portman Road.

After the match, he said: “We’ve shown it all season and that’s why we are in the position we are.

“We always ask a lot of the lads and they come out and perform.

“That’s what we are made of. A few of us went down with cramp but we just dig in.

“We’ve got one more to go so we can’t keep thinking we’ve done it already. We’ve got to work hard and get the job done on Saturday.”

Leeds United are the only team who can shatter Ipswich’s dreams now but they must beat Southampton on the final day and hope the team above them lose to the already relegated Terriers.


Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.


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