MATCH REACTION: Sheff Wed 1 Ipswich Town 1
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Sheffield Weds v Ipswich: Jay Tabb grabbed his first goal since October 2008, then declared himself satisfied with a point at Hillsborough.
The 29-year-old gave the Blues a 12th minute lead in the 1-1 draw at Hillsborough, scoring from close range, before Leroy Lita’s 58th minute shot earned the Owls a crucial point in their battle against the drop.
Both sides had chances to win the game, with Luke Chambers and Frank Nouble having efforts cleared off the line, while Luke Hyam brought a superb save out of Chris Kirkland.
As for the Owls, Tommy Smith had to be alert to divert Anthony Gardner’s toe-poke off the line, before Lita was ruled offside when he headed home Jeremy Helan’s cross in the second half.
Town are not mathematically safe from relegation yet but, six points clear with two games to play, the chances of the Blues succumbing are incredibly slim.
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As for the Owls, Dave Jones’ men are four points clear of the bottom three with two games remaining and Tabb admitted the contest reflected the fact that points were more important than performances, at this stage of the season.
“In the context of things it is probably a good point,” said Tabb.
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“They went pretty direct in the second half and it was hard getting out of our half at times, although we had a couple of chances and Frank (Nouble) had a shot cleared off the line.
“I am not sure if their goal was offside and when you go in front, you like to think that you can hold on, but I think we will take point.
“It looks like 57 points will be enough but we want to finish the season strongly had hopefully finish with a couple of wins.”
Elsewhere, Wolves dropped into the bottom three after suffering a last-minute 2-1 defeat at Charlton, while Peterborough, just outside the bottom three, lost 3-1 at Derby.
Huddersfield gave themselves a great chance of securing their second tier status, moving out of the bottom three, with a 3-0 home victory against Millwall and second-bottom Barnsley earned a point in a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest.
The big losers of the day were Blackpool who, four points clear of the drop, were hammered 6-1 at Brighton, while Blackburn - two points clear of the bottom three – were comprehensively beaten 4-0 at Watford.