FULL TIME: Ipswich Town 3 Birmingham City 1
Ipswich v Birmingham: The Blues ended their home campaign in style and mathematically secured their place in the Championship next season, thanks to a 3-1 victory against Birmingham.
Carlos Edwards, Luke Chambers and Daryl Murphy grabbed the goals for the Blues who were in control of the game for large parts, playing some excellent football, before Chris Burke hit a late consolation for the visitors.
Stoke City-bound goalkeeper Jack Butland had already made a third minute save to deny Murphy’s near post header, before Edwards struck three minutes later with a spectacular right-foot shot from 30 yards which crashed into the far corner.
Chambers made it two on 17 minutes with a free header from six yards, the newly-crowned Player of the Year making no mistake in converting Aaron Cresswell’s deep free-kick.
Town could have gone into half-time with a bigger lead, but Frank Nouble saw two strikes chalked off for offside, while Nicola Zigic suffered the same fate at the other end.
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Birmingham began the second half the brighter but the game was wrapped up on 57 minutes, Murphy driving a half-volley into the corner, past Butland, from the edge of the box.
Substitute Burke pulled a late goal back for City, volleying home Shane Ferguson’s centre at the back post, but that was as good as it got for the Midlanders, who suffered just their second away defeat this year.
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The win elevates Town up to 11th in the table.