Championship Round-Up: Ipswich Town join the play-off party after late win
3rd February 2016

Ipswich Town joined the Championship’s play-off party after a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Reading at Portman Road saw Mick McCarthy’s men gatecrash the top six.

After a goalless first half; Ryan Fraser put the Tractor Boys ahead, only for Gareth McCleary to equalise from the penalty spot. But Brett Pitman proved to be the hero for McCarthy’s men as his eighth league goal of the season earned the hosts all three points and lifted his side into sixth. The Royals drop one place to 16th.

Ipswich Town vs Sheffield Wednesday 10-2-2015  Skybet Championship  Ipswich's Boss Mick McCarthyPhoto: Steve Parkin

Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich bounced back brilliantly following their disappointing 3-0 defeat to Birmingham City on January 23.

Third placed Burnley missed out on the chance to put the top two under pressure after they were held to a 1-1 draw by play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday.

The Clarets were ahead within the opening five minutes courtesy of Andre Gray’s 18th league goal of the season, but a Kieran Lee second-half strike levelled the game. Sean Dyche’s side are now three points off the automatic promotion places. A point keeps the Owls in seventh, one point outside the top six.

Derby County’s winless streak continued after a goalless draw at home to Preston. Paul Clement’s side are now four games without a league win and sit five points outside the top two. However, a point does lift the Rams above Brighton into fourth spot. North End move up two places to 14th.

Meanwhile rock-bottom Bolton picked up a point in their hunt for survival following their 2-2 draw away at Wolves. The hosts took an early lead through debutant Joe Mason before doubling their lead after 77 minutes thanks to substitute James Henry. The Trotters; however, will not go down without a fight. Two goals in the last ten minutes from Wellington Silva and Stephen Dobbie earned them a point. Neil Lennon’s side remain bottom of the table, while Wanderers stay 12th.

Player of Midweek: Andre Gray (Burnley)
Team of Midweek: Bolton Wanderers
Goal of Midweek: James Henry (WOLVES v Bolton)

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