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Leeds   0 - 0   Ipswich

Highlights - Leeds 0-0 Ipswich

Leeds 0-0 Ipswich

By Sam Lyon

Leeds missed the chance to close in on the automatic promotion spots as they were held to a draw by Ipswich Town.

Swansea's defeat at Derby meant Leeds could have moved up to joint second in the table with a win but the hosts were frustrated by a host of wasted chances.

Billy Paynter, in particular, missed a host of opportunities and Town keeper Marton Fulop twice denied Max Gradel.

Lee Martin had Ipswich's best chance, the midfielder denied from close in as Town dug deep to snatch a draw.

It could prove a precious point for the visitors, too, as it moves them 12 points clear of the drop zone with 10 matches to play - but for Leeds it will certainly be considered two points dropped after they dominated much of the match and almost the entire second half.

The hosts were to be frustrated, though - just as they were the last time Ipswich visited Elland Road when they came away with a draw that all but relegated Leeds to League One in April 2007.

This time Town returned to Yorkshire looking over their shoulder at the drop zone against a Leeds side firmly in the hunt for promotion back to the Premier League.

Faced with the task of nullifying the Championship's top scorers and form home team, the visitors were at least able to field new signing Kieron Dyer and the fit-again Jimmy Bullard, while Leeds were unchanged on the back of two wins and an unbeaten league record at Elland Road stretching back to October.

And yet it was Ipswich who should have opened the scoring, Tamas Priskin put in on goal by Carlos Edwards inside the first 15 seconds of the match, only for the striker to fire wide of Kasper Schmeichel's upright.

It was to provide a glimpse of what to expect for the rest of the match from both sides, with Priskin wasting two more chances from decent positions and Leeds' Paynter - preferred to Luciano Becchio once again - particularly profligate for the hosts early on.

First the home frontman steered George McCartney's cross past the target when well placed and then, minutes after glancing a header wide from a short corner routine, saw his 16-yard snap-shot blocked well by Gareth McAuley when a firmer effort would surely have given Leeds the lead.

Gradel, too, had his chances - although the lively winger was unfortunate that his three shots on goal, all long-range, were twice saved well by Fulop, the other dipping inches wide towards the end of the first half.

Not that the visitors failed to pose a threat themselves, though, because either side of Priskin's skewed efforts on goal Martin brought a smart stop out of home keeper Schmeichel on the back of a fine Ipswich counter-attack.

If Ipswich could claim to have played their part in a lively first half, however, it was a different story in a second half, which was dominated by the hosts.

But, just as in the first 45 minutes, the Leeds players appeared to have left their shooting boots at home.

Jonathan Howson volleyed over, Robert Snodgrass clipped wide, Paynter saw a low shot saved on the stretch by Fulop and Andy O'Brien flashed wide from the edge of the area as Leeds created a host of chances without managing to convert.

Even the late introduction of Becchio and Barry Bannan failed to provide the necessary clinical finish to end the hosts' good build-up play and as the minutes ticked down, so did Leeds' momentum.

In the end they were forced to settle for a point that leaves them two points shy of second place but gives Ipswich a boost in their hunt for mid-table security by the end of the season.

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leeds 0-0 Ipswich FT
(HT 0-0)

      Leeds

      • 01 Schmeichel
      • 20 Lichaj
      • 26 Bromby
      • 29 McCartney
      • 40 O'Brien yellow card
      • 07 Gradel
      • 08 Kilkenny
      • 14 Howson (Bannan 76)
      • 16 Johnson
      • 09 Paynter yellow card (Becchio 76)
      • 23 Snodgrass

      Substitutes

      • 12 Higgs,
      • 04 Bruce,
      • 06 Naylor,
      • 25 Bannan,
      • 10 Becchio,
      • 18 Watt,
      • 27 Somma

      Ipswich

      • 21 Fulop
      • 04 McAuley yellow card
      • 05 Delaney
      • 48 O'Dea
      • 06 Leadbitter
      • 07 Edwards
      • 11 Martin (Civelli 67)
      • 14 Bullard
      • 30 Dyer (Drury 74)
      • 09 Wickham yellow card
      • 16 Priskin (Scotland 80)

      Substitutes

      • 12 Lee-Barrett,
      • 02 Peters,
      • 22 Smith,
      • 17 Drury,
      • 19 Hyam,
      • 26 Civelli,
      • 10 Scotland
      Ref: DeadmanAtt: 27,432
      LEEDS
      IPSWICH

      Possession

      • Leeds 61%
      • Ipswich 39%

      Attempts on target

      • Leeds 7
      • Ipswich 5

      Attempts off target

      • Leeds 10
      • Ipswich 4

      Corners

      • Leeds 9
      • Ipswich 5

      Fouls

      • Leeds 8
      • Ipswich 11
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:34 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+2:17 Bradley Johnson crosses the ball, clearance by Gareth McAuley.
      • 90:00+1:46 Unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Connor Wickham results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the free kick.
      • 90:00+1:46 Booking Booking for Connor Wickham for dissent.
      • 90:00+1:08 Jason Scotland takes a shot. Blocked by Leigh Bromby.
      • 90:00+0:24 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from the right by-line, clearance by Leigh Bromby.
      • 90:00+0:16 Connor Wickham takes a shot. Blocked by George McCartney.
      • 89:22 Grant Leadbitter fouled by Barry Bannan, the ref awards a free kick. Damien Delaney takes the direct free kick.
      • 86:28 Centre by Max Gradel, clearance made by Damien Delaney.
      • 86:11 Neil Kilkenny takes a short corner, The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.
      • 86:07 Eric Lichaj produces a cross, clearance made by Darren O'Dea.
      • 85:02 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Marton Fulop.
      • 83:12 George McCartney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Connor Wickham. Free kick crossed by Damien Delaney, clearance by Bradley Johnson.
      • 82:05 The ball is crossed by Connor Wickham, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 81:06 The ball is sent over by Max Gradel, save by Marton Fulop.
      • 79:55 Substitution Jason Scotland comes on in place of Tamas Priskin.
      • 79:21 A cross is delivered by Barry Bannan, Damien Delaney makes a clearance.
      • 78:39 Foul by Tamas Priskin on Leigh Bromby, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 75:09 Substitution Luciano Becchio comes on in place of Billy Paynter.
      • 75:09 Substitution Barry Bannan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Howson.
      • 73:01 Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Andy Drury coming on for Kieron Dyer.
      • 72:13 Handball by Luciano Civelli. Neil Kilkenny crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
      • 71:11 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny played to the near post, Luciano Civelli makes a clearance.
      • 70:07 The ball is crossed by Carlos Edwards, Foul by Tamas Priskin on Kasper Schmeichel, free kick awarded. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
      • 69:35 Foul by Max Gradel on Carlos Edwards, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carlos Edwards.
      • 68:58 Tamas Priskin sends in a cross, Leigh Bromby makes a clearance.
      • 68:14 The ball is crossed by Neil Kilkenny, Jonathan Howson has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
      • 66:45 Substitution Luciano Civelli replaces Lee Martin.
      • 66:31 Bradley Johnson produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
      • 64:51 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jimmy Bullard, Unfair challenge on Neil Kilkenny by Connor Wickham results in a free kick. Kasper Schmeichel takes the direct free kick.
      • 63:29 Foul by Connor Wickham on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neil Kilkenny.
      • 63:00 Eric Lichaj crosses the ball, Marton Fulop makes a save.
      • 61:06 Andrew O'Brien produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
      • 59:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Gareth McAuley. Free kick crossed by Neil Kilkenny, Jimmy Bullard makes a clearance.
      • 59:19 Booking Gareth McAuley is cautioned.
      • 57:50 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Neil Kilkenny, Bradley Johnson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
      • 57:39 Shot by Neil Kilkenny. Darren O'Dea gets a block in.
      • 57:32 Max Gradel crosses the ball, clearance made by Darren O'Dea.
      • 54:39 Neil Kilkenny crosses the ball, Billy Paynter produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Marton Fulop.
      • 54:27 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass, clearance by Gareth McAuley.
      • 53:46 Lee Martin has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 53:11 Robert Snodgrass produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
      • 52:35 The ball is sent over by Max Gradel, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
      • 51:28 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass, Jonathan Howson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
      • 50:57 Carlos Edwards sends in a cross, Billy Paynter makes a clearance.
      • 50:31 Foul by Neil Kilkenny on Kieron Dyer, free kick awarded. Jimmy Bullard takes the free kick.
      • 46:26 Inswinging corner taken by Jimmy Bullard from the left by-line, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 45:01 The second half has started.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:01 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 45:00+0:06 The ball is crossed by Neil Kilkenny, clearance made by Damien Delaney.
      • 44:42 Corner taken by Neil Kilkenny from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Carlos Edwards.
      • 43:48 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny, Shot from 12 yards by Andrew O'Brien. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
      • 41:04 Corner taken by Neil Kilkenny, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
      • 40:51 Billy Paynter has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
      • 38:47 Shot from deep inside the area by Lee Martin clears the crossbar.
      • Correction - 37:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamas Priskin on Leigh Bromby. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 37:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leigh Bromby by Tamas Priskin. Kasper Schmeichel restarts play with the free kick.
      • 36:14 Max Gradel has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
      • 34:54 The ball is swung over by Carlos Edwards, save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 34:43 A cross is delivered by Darren O'Dea, Andrew O'Brien manages to make a clearance.
      • 34:27 Centre by Carlos Edwards, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.
      • 32:49 A cross is delivered by Neil Kilkenny, Header by Billy Paynter from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
      • 32:44 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.
      • 31:11 Kieron Dyer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew O'Brien. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 28:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Bullard by Robert Snodgrass. Jimmy Bullard delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Bradley Johnson manages to make a clearance.
      • 28:41 A cross is delivered by Lee Martin, clearance by Leigh Bromby.
      • 27:43 Andrew O'Brien challenges Tamas Priskin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Bullard from left by-line, Leigh Bromby manages to make a clearance.
      • 27:43 Booking The referee shows Andrew O'Brien a yellow card.
      • 27:21 Eric Lichaj takes a shot. Damien Delaney gets a block in.
      • 27:17 The ball is delivered by Max Gradel.
      • 25:19 Connor Wickham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eric Lichaj. Free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 24:45 The official flags Billy Paynter offside. Indirect free kick taken by Marton Fulop.
      • 23:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Damien Delaney. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Neil Kilkenny from right channel, clearance made by Carlos Edwards.
      • 23:25 The ball is swung over by Max Gradel, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.
      • 22:11 Effort from just outside the area by Max Gradel goes over the target.
      • 21:59 The ball is delivered by Eric Lichaj, Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.
      • 21:37 A cross is delivered by Grant Leadbitter, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
      • 21:21 Jimmy Bullard decides to take the corner short.
      • 21:01 Outswinging corner taken by Jimmy Bullard, Gareth McAuley takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.
      • 20:50 Lee Martin takes a shot. Save made by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 20:09 Centre by George McCartney, Billy Paynter produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
      • 17:02 Lee Martin challenges George McCartney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leigh Bromby.
      • 16:26 Effort from deep inside the area by Tamas Priskin misses to the right of the goal.
      • 15:24 Max Gradel takes a inswinging corner.
      • 15:09 Max Gradel takes a shot. Carlos Edwards gets a block in.
      • 11:55 Unfair challenge on Kieron Dyer by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick. Damien Delaney takes the direct free kick.
      • 11:36 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Neil Kilkenny, clearance by Tamas Priskin.
      • 11:15 Effort on goal by Max Gradel from 25 yards. Save by Marton Fulop.
      • 10:54 Max Gradel is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Carlos Edwards takes the indirect free kick.
      • 9:24 Effort on goal by Tamas Priskin from 20 yards. Comfortable save by Kasper Schmeichel.
      • 7:18 Darren O'Dea delivers the ball, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.
      • 3:14 Billy Paynter challenges Gareth McAuley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Marton Fulop restarts play with the free kick.
      • 3:14 Booking Billy Paynter receives a yellow card.
      • 2:01 Kieron Dyer produces a cross, clearance by Leigh Bromby.
      • 0:13 Effort from the edge of the box by Tamas Priskin goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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      Npower Championship table snapshot

      As it stood on 12 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 QPR 37 36 73
      2 Swansea 37 16 63
      3 Norwich 36 13 63
      4 Cardiff 36 14 61
      5 Leeds 37 11 61
      6 Nott'm Forest 37 14 60
      7 Burnley 35 9 56
      8 Hull 37 4 55
      9 Leicester 37 1 55
      10 Reading 36 17 54
      11 Watford 36 12 53
      12 Millwall 37 11 53
      13 Portsmouth 37 1 51
      14 Bristol City 36 -4 47
      15 Ipswich 36 0 46
      16 Barnsley 36 -10 46
      17 Doncaster 37 -17 44
      18 Derby 37 -5 43
      19 Coventry 36 -8 41
      20 Middlesbrough 36 -9 41
      21 Crystal Palace 37 -22 38
      22 Scunthorpe 36 -30 34
      23 Sheff Utd 37 -27 32
      24 Preston 35 -27 25


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