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      Ipswich up to first after Chaplin winner against Blackburn

      2024/03/29 19:51

      Ipswich Town have gone top of the Championship at least until this evening after a narrow win over Blackburn Rovers.

      It was Conor Chaplin who proved to be decisive in what was a close encounter at Ewood Park with an early goal.

      Chaplin won the ball in his own half before driving forward and spraying out a pass to Leif Davis. Davis then found Chaplin again to stroke the ball home at the near post where goalkeeper Aynsley Pears may have felt he should have done better.

      The Tractor Boys will have felt they should have opened the scoring earlier though after Callum Brittain got away with what would, in the world of VAR at least, likely have a penalty against him for his shirt pull on Nathan Broadhead. As it happened, referee Stuart Attwell gave nothing.

      Rovers thought they had equalised with just over a half hour gone when Joe Rankin-Costello finished from Tyrhys Dolan's pass. But the goal was ruled out by the assistant with Sammie Szmodics believed to have been obstructing Václav Hladký's view from an offside position.

      The home side had a second goal disallowed as they went in search of an equaliser in the second half with Ipswich Town looking far off their best.

      Scott Wharton was judged to have fouled Hladký just before Andrew Moran put the ball in the net – another let off for the visitors.

      Hladký almost handed Blackburn an equaliser on a plate when he couldn't control a pass back allowing Szmodics in to steal the ball but the Czech goalkeeper just got back in time to prevent a certain goal.

      Kieran McKenna's side eventually managed to hold on to their lead through stoppage time to, for now at least, take top spot in the Championship – a remarkable achievement for a team that was in League One last year.

      Blackburn meanwhile will feel like their performance deserved at least a point but they still need to wrap up a few more points before they can be certain to avoid relegation this season.


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      2024-03-29 21h33m by jwhiteheadbarnes
      As a passionate Ipswich Town fan, I am buzzing to see my team go top of the Championship! The win may have been narrow, but Conor Chaplin's early goal proved to be the difference. And let's not forget about that potential penalty call against Callum Brittain. . . VAR needs to come to the Championship!
      2024-03-29 20h58m by eedwards
      As a football fan, I am absolutely thrilled with Ipswich Town's performance today! Going top of the Championship is a huge achievement and I am confident that we will stay there until this evening. Conor Chaplin's goal was pure class and it's great to see him making a big impact on the team. And let's not forget, we should have had a penalty earlier on. Overall, a well-deserved win for the Tractor Boys!
      2024-03-29 20h22m by omitchellsonjones
      Wow, what a game for Ipswich Town! So proud of the boys for securing that narrow win over Blackburn Rovers. Conor Chaplin was on fire today, proving to be the decisive factor in that close encounter. And let's not forget about that missed call on the penalty for us! We deserved this win and deserve to be at the top of the Championship. Onwards and upwards!
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      U Friday, 29 March 2024 - 17:30
      Ewood Park
      Stuart Attwell
      Conor Chaplin 9'


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