If you were tempted to bet on a home win at half-time and placed a fiver on it, you would have taken home almost fifty quid! That is how rare a home win is!
For once the Blues got a bit of luck when Leeds United missed a penalty at 2-2 when we went down to ten men when captain Luke Chambers was shown a direct red, and then Collin Quaner managed to pass the ball into an empty net, when there was a horrendous mix up between Luke Ayling and goalkeeper Kiko Casilla; as they both left the ball to each other, and the German took full advantage of their indecision.
But it was Town’s youngsters who got the ball rolling here. Flynn Downes and Andre Dozzell, two excellent homegrown players, twice gave Ipswich Town the lead, before Mateusz Klich and Stuart Dallas levelled things up, in what turned out to be an enthralling encounter.
It was a great end of season advert for Championship football. Sadly Town won’t be a part of it next term, but this win will surely do them the power of good and with over 11,000 season tickets already sold, this feel-good victory, might just be enough to encourage more people to devote their Saturday afternoons to watching Town next season in Division One.
The Kemar Roofe penalty miss was a turning point in the game, and although it led to the immediate dismissal of our captain, it seemed to spur the Tractor Boys on and at long last when the final whistle blew, there was an unrelenting joy for both supporters and players alike.
Ipswich Town: Bialkowski; Bree, Chambers (captain) Nsiala, Kenlock; Skuse, Downes ( Kayden Jackson 61), Chalobah, Dozzell ( Callum Elder 74), Judge; Quaner
Substitutes: Gerken, Emmanuel, El Mizouni, Brown, Harrison
Leeds United: Casilla; Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Dalles; Phillips, Forshaw (Clarke 60), Klich(captain) Hernandez, Harrison; Roofe
Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Berardi, Shackleton, Edmondson, Gotts, Bogusz
Attendance : 20,895
Referee: Gavin Ward
Away support: 3,963