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Ipswich produce a ‘huge haymaker knockout’ with injury-time winner to leapfrog Leicester to go top

Ipswich regained top spot in the Championship thanks to a late goal knockout.

The Tractorboys faced Southampton on Easter Monday in a six-point automatic promotion in a contest which did not disappoint.

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Ipswich went top of the table following their late fightbackCredit: Getty

With Leicester winning 3-1 against Norwich earlier in the day, Kieran McKenna’s side knew the pressure was on against the Saints and came back from 2-1 down to level at 2-2.

A red card for Southampton’s James Bree saw the team swing firmly in Ipswich’s favor as the game went into added time, with the East Anglian side knowing it would take three to go to the top .

As the minutes ticked by, it looked like it would end in a draw until on-loan Brighton star Jeremy Sarmiento headed home in the seventh minute of added time to send Portman Road into orbit.

Fans couldn’t believe what they saw in the closing stages of the clash, with talkSPORT commentators Joe Shennan and Dean Ashton reveling in the moment.

Ashton said: “You think they’re down, they’re against the ropes and the referee is going to say it, then out of nowhere Ipswich produce a big knockout in that championship race.

Again, how many times in this season are we going to say it? Leif Davis with the awareness, calm and quality to find a teammate in the area.

“By the way, he picked Sarmiento who went down at the start, then he gets back up and somehow pushes him towards the goal in front of Gavin Bazunu and that place erupted!

“Southampton players can’t believe it.”

Sarmiento was the star of the show for Ipswich as his late strike earned him victory

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Sarmiento was the star of the show for Ipswich as his late strike earned him victoryCredit: Getty

Of the race for automatic promotion, Ashton said: “It’s going to go straight to the telegram, isn’t it?

“All three showed they were capable of making it to the final day, but tonight we saw the difference between a team that will be there for the automatics and a team that will miss the opportunity.

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“There was just a different mentality between Ipswich and Southampton and you could feel that when that pressure started to build, Southampton weren’t able to cope.”

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