Ipswich beat Blackburn to go top of Championship

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Conor Chaplin celebrates scoringConor Chaplin has scored 13 goals this season

Connor Chaplin's early goal sent Ipswich top of the Championship as they squeezed past Blackburn at Ewood Park.

Chaplin's strike in the ninth minute should have been saved by Blackburn goalkeeper Aynsley Pears at his near post but it was enough to take the Tractor Boys two points clear of Leeds who visit Watford at 20:00 GMT.

Blackburn thought they had equalised through Joe Rankin-Costello but the goal was ruled out for Sammie Szmodics interfering with goalkeeper Vaclav Hladky when stood in an offside position.

Rovers were then much the better side after the break and had a second goal chalked off from Andrew Moran for a foul on the goalkeeper before Hladky saved with Szmodics about to tap into an empty net.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pears
  • 2Brittain
  • 5Hyam
  • 16S Wharton
  • 3PickeringBooked at 6minsSubstituted forCarterat 90+5'minutes
  • 6Tronstad
  • 11Rankin-CostelloSubstituted forAyariat 62'minutes
  • 19HedgesSubstituted forTelalovicat 82'minutes
  • 8Szmodics
  • 45ChriseneSubstituted forMoranat 62'minutes
  • 10DolanBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 12Wahlstedt
  • 14Koumetio
  • 17Carter
  • 18Markanday
  • 22Gilsenan
  • 24Moran
  • 30Garrett
  • 33Telalovic
  • 44Ayari

Ipswich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Hladky
  • 40Tuanzebe
  • 6Woolfenden
  • 4Edmundson
  • 3DavisBooked at 3minsSubstituted forClarkeat 70'minutes
  • 5Morsy
  • 25LuongoBooked at 81mins
  • 20HutchinsonSubstituted forBurgessat 90+5'minutes
  • 10ChaplinSubstituted forJacksonat 65'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 33BroadheadSubstituted forSarmientoat 64'minutes
  • 24MooreSubstituted forAl Hamadiat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walton
  • 2Clarke
  • 11Harness
  • 14Taylor
  • 15Burgess
  • 16Al Hamadi
  • 19Jackson
  • 21Sarmiento
  • 30Humphreys

Referee:Stuart Attwell

Attendance:18,235

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Ipswich Town 1.

  3. Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Hayden Carter.

  4. Substitution, Ipswich Town. Cameron Burgess replaces Omari Hutchinson because of an injury.

  5. Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Hayden Carter replaces Harry Pickering.

  6. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kayden Jackson.

  7. Attempt missed. Harry Pickering (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  8. Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Foul by Callum Brittain (Blackburn Rovers).

  10. Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Sammie Szmodics is caught offside.

  11. Attempt missed. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremy Sarmiento following a fast break.

  12. Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Semir Telalovic is caught offside.

  13. Kayden Jackson (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kayden Jackson.

  15. Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Semir Telalovic replaces Ryan Hedges.

  16. Foul by Omari Hutchinson (Ipswich Town).

  17. Sammie Szmodics (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Massimo Luongo (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by George Edmundson.

  20. Attempt missed. Andrew Moran (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

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