Rhodes rescues Town's play-off hopes

Ipswich 1 Cardiff 1TEENAGE striker Jordan Rhodes rescued a point for play-off chasing Ipswich against Cardiff to keep Town's flickering play-off hopes alive.The 18-year-old who came on as a substitute struck from close range after an Alan Quinn shot was charged down.

Derek Davis

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TEENAGE striker Jordan Rhodes rescued a point for play-off chasing Ipswich against Cardiff to keep Town's flickering play-off hopes alive.

The 18-year-old who came on as a substitute struck from close range after an Alan Quinn shot was charged down.

However, two points from a possible nine is a poor return and with two away games to come at Wolves and Preston, it doesn't bode well.

Even the two home games, a derby with Norwich that is always unpredictable, and automatic hopefuls Hull on the last day are not easy given the way Town have performed of late.

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To make it worse, the Blues were pretty much undone by a 17-year-old kid who spent much of the first half running rings round the Town defence.

Coveted by Liverpool and Everton among others Aaron Ramsey is already knocking on the door of the full Wales side with John Toshack keeping a close eye on his progress in the Under 21s.

But it was Town's own teenage prodigy, Rhodes, who gave Town some redemption with his first Championship goal after going on at half-time.

Weary City took a first half lead when the referee Russell Booth allowed advantage after Ledley was fouled by Danny Simpson and the ball rolled for Ramsey.

He showed excellent skills to turn Alex Bruce inside out before sliding the ball across the six yard box and it was a simple tap in for the unmarked Gavin Rae.

But they laboured on and were rewarded when first a Garvan shot, then a Quinn drive who partially blocked and the ball fell for the 18-year-old Rhodes who showed his predatory instinct by slotting the ball past Enckelmen with the City defence calling for offside.