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Ipswich Town 4-3 Rotherham United: Tractor Boys take victory in stoppage time

Kieffer Moore scored his fourth goal in five games since returning to Ipswich on loan from Bournemouth

Ipswich Town scored a dramatic 95th-minute winner to deny bottom side Rotherham United a point and move up to third in the Championship table.

Home substitute Omari Hutchinson grabbed all three points after Rotherham came back from a two-goal deficit to equalize in stoppage time.

Tom Eaves' calm finish gave the Millers a surprising early lead, but Wes Burns scored either side of Kieffer Moore's shot.

After trailing 3-1, Rotherham thought they had salvaged the tie through Hakeem Odoffin's goal and Cafu's penalty before Hutchinson intervened late on.

The win leaves Ipswich, who next host Birmingham on Saturday, level on points with second-placed Leeds, albeit with a worse goal difference.

Rotherham stunned the home crowd by scoring with their first chance of the game.

Sam Clucas received the ball in midfield and passed it through to Eaves, who showed great composure and hit the bottom corner.

The lead lasted seven minutes before Sam Morsy's cross from the left found Burns, who headed home from close range.

Kieran McKenna's Ipswich then seemed to spring into action when Burns sent in a dangerous cross from the right and Moore got good touch of the ball to direct it into the goal.

Burns was also involved in his second goal. His first shot was deflected by Rotherham goalkeeper Viktor Johansson, who did the same with left-back Leif Davis' follow-up shot, allowing winger Burns to shoot into an empty net.

However, the Millers did not give up hope and Odoffin fired a low volley to reduce the deficit to one goal after the home defense failed to get Clucas' ball into the box.

Ipswich looked the more likely side to score as Burns showed a smart reaction against Johansson before the late drama at Portman Road.

Cafu converted a Panenka penalty in the 94th minute to make it 3-3, but Rotherham gave Hutchinson time and space to score a neat left-footed shot and win the game for Ipswich in the most dramatic fashion.

Rotherham have now lost 20 Championship games this season and face QPR on Saturday knowing there are still seven away games left to avoid going a whole league season without a win away from home.

The last team to achieve this unwanted feat was Rotherham itself in the 2016/17 season, where they scored 23 points, four more than they currently have.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna told ` Radio Suffolk:

“It was a pretty wild evening from the first minute. We never managed to gain the control or composure in the game that we wanted.”

“We made some mistakes but we scored four goals at home and won a game in the Championship.”

“We have some lessons to learn, but we are on the right side of the outcome.”

“Rotherham came here and they played like they didn’t have much to lose. They made it really difficult. We just got sucked into the type of game they wanted.”

Rotherham United manager Leam Richardson said:

“They have seen the good, the bad and the ugly about who we are and why we are in the position we are in.

“I am disappointed for the players who have worked incredibly hard. We started the game very well, we had a crazy 10 minutes.”

“The first goal hurt us. We never really recovered from it, it was like a dazed boxer, but in the last hour we probably earned something from the game.”

“I don’t think many teams come here and dominate all the stats, score three goals and not win the game [I’m] Disappointment for the players.”

Cafu scores a penalty for RotherhamRotherham came close to securing a point when Cafu casually converted a penaltyDejected Rotherham playersBut Omari Hutchinson's winner left the Millers pondering a 12th away defeat in the Championship this season

Lineups

Ipswich

formation 4-2-3-1

31Smooth

2Clarke6Woolfenden15Citizens3Davis

28Travis5Walruses

7Burns10Chaplin21Sarmiento

24Moore

  • 31Smooth
  • 2ClarkeReplaced byTuanzebeat 75'protocolBooked for 90 minutes
  • 6Woolfenden
  • 15Citizens
  • 3Davis
  • 28TravisReplaced byLuongoat 73'protocol
  • 5Walruses
  • 7BurnsReplaced byJacksonat 88'protocol
  • 10ChaplinReplaced byHutchinsonat 72'protocol
  • 21SarmientoReplaced byBroadheadat 45'protocol
  • 24MooreReplaced byAl Hamadiat 80'protocol

Substitute

  • 1Walton
  • 11Dishes
  • 16Al Hamadi
  • 19Jackson
  • 20Hutchinson
  • 25Luongo
  • 30Humphreys
  • 33Broadhead
  • 40Tuanzebe

Rotherham

formation 3-1-4-2

1Johansson

22Odoffin23Morrison21Peltier

27Tiehi

40Kioso18Rathbone12It smells8thClucas

10Hugill9eaves

  • 1Johansson
  • 22OdoffinBooked for 8 minutes
  • 23Morrison
  • 21PeltierBooked for 62 minutesReplaced byHumphreysat 72'protocol
  • 27Tiehi
  • 40Kioso
  • 18RathboneReplaced bySerikat 36'protocol
  • 12It smellsReplaced byRibeiro Diasat 86'protocol
  • 8thClucas
  • 10HugillReplaced byNo oneat 72'protocol
  • 9eavesReplaced byWykeat 86'protocol

Substitute

  • 7Ribeiro Dias
  • 14Wyke
  • 16Lindsay
  • 17Ferguson
  • 24Humphreys
  • 26Phillips
  • 29No one
  • 30Appiah
  • 38Serik

Referee: Keith Stroud

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Live text

  1. The game ends: Ipswich Town 4, Rotherham United 3.

  2. The second half ends, Ipswich Town 4, Rotherham United 3.

  3. Offside, Rotherham United. Cafú is offside.

  4. Axel Tuanzebe (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Goal! Ipswich Town 4, Rotherham United 3. Omari Hutchinson (Ipswich Town) hits with his left foot from the center of the penalty area to the bottom right. Supported by Kayden Jackson.

  6. Goal! Ipswich Town 3, Rotherham United 3. Cafú (Rotherham United) converts the penalty with his right foot to the center of the goal.

  7. Penalty for Rotherham United. Peter Kioso commits a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Kayden Jackson concedes a penalty with a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Attempt saved. Sam Nombe (Rotherham United)'s left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Prepared by Peter Kioso with a through ball.

  10. Attempt failed. Charlie Wyke (Rotherham United) tries with his right foot from outside the box, but the ball misses to the left.

  11. Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Rotherham United)'s left-footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Hakeem Odoffin (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Foul by Omari Hutchinson (Ipswich Town).

  14. Substitution Ipswich Town. Kayden Jackson replaces Wes Burns.

  15. Substitution Rotherham United. Charlie Wyke replaces Tom Eaves.

  16. Substitution Rotherham United. Cafú replaces Andy Rinomhota.

  17. Hakeem Odoffin (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Foul by Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich Town).

  19. Offside, Rotherham United. Sam Nombe is offside.

  20. Substitution Ipswich Town. Ali Al Hamadi replaces Kieffer Moore.

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