MX23RW : Thursday, January 17 15:13:58
Jan 12, 2019 at 3pm UK at ​Portman Road Stadium (Ipswich, Suffolk)
Attendance: 20,893
IpswichIpswich Town
1-0
RotherhamRotherham United
Keane (31')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Ipswich give themselves hope with crucial win

Result: Ipswich give themselves hope with crucial win
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Will Keane netted the winner.

Ipswich breathed new life into their Championship survival bid with a 1-0 victory over fellow strugglers Rotherham at Portman Road.

On-loan Hull striker Will Keane, making his Tractor Boys league debut, netted the winner in the 31st minute to take Town to within seven points of safety.

Rotherham remain fourth bottom, just two points above the relegation zone.

Ipswich boss Paul Lambert included new signings James Collins, Callum Elder, Will Keane and Collin Quaner in his starting line-up.

Quaner, on loan from Huddersfield, was adjudged to have fouled Rotherham keeper Marek Rodak when he chased down a back-pass early on.

Rotherham defender Zak Vyner received the first booking of the game in the 13th minute following a foul on Freddie Sears as Ipswich mounted sustained attacks on the United goal.

The hosts had appeals for a penalty turned down by referee James Linington when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Rotherham defender Sean Raggett.

Ipswich went ahead when Keane slammed home the winner from inside the six-yard box after his initial attempt was blocked following a cross from the left by Sears.

Just before the end of the first period a free-kick midway into the Ipswich half by Anthony Forde found Semi Ajayi, who headed narrowly wide.

Sears then shot just over the crossbar following a corner which was headed back across goal by Ipswich captain Luke Chambers.

Jon Taylor fired wide of Dean Gerken's left-hand post and five minutes into the second half a shot from outside the penalty area by Michael Smith was parried away by the Ipswich goalkeeper.

Rotherham were creating pressure on the Ipswich goal and a long-range shot from Will Vaulks was pushed to safety by Gerken.

And in the 60th minute Rotherham striker Smith's header went just over the bar as the away side began to dominate proceedings.

A flowing move down the left involving Trevoh Chalobah and Sears nearly led to the latter playing in Keane who was on his own just outside the visitors' penalty area.

Gerken had to get down to hold another shot by Vaulks in the 85th minute and in a frenetic period of additional time Gerken parried a deflection from defender Collins.

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