Barnsley 3 Ipswich Town 5: Tractor Boys stun Reds with fightback

Barnsley manager Keith Hill.
Barnsley manager Keith Hill.
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BARNSLeY crashed to an amazing Oakwell defeat after throwing away a 2-0 half-time lead against Ipswich Town in the Championship, writes Chris Waters.

The Reds had looked full value for a 2-0 half-time lead against Ipswich at Oakwell.

The home side dominated the opening period to put themselves within sight of a fifth successive Championship victory.

Craig Davies gave them the lead in the 14th minute from the penalty spot after Ipswich goalkeeper Dave Stockdale upended Danny Drinkwater.

And Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the advantage on 39 when he stooped low to head home a Jacob Butterfield corner.

Ipswich have fought gamely as they bid to avoid an eighth successive league defeat but have rarely threatened Luke Steele’s goal.

Victory would put Barnsley seventh - one place and two points outside the play-offs.

Barnsley had made one change to the side that beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in midweek as they go in search of a fifth successive league win.

Scott Wiseman replaced Nile Ranger, who dropped to the bench.

But Barnsley were left stunned as the visitors were level just five minutes after the break, Keith Andrews with a quickfire double.

And it got worse in the 66th minute as Danny Collins rose highest to head home, before two minutes later Michael Chopra fired home a fourth goal.

Jason Scotland tapped home from six yards out in the 83rd minute to leave Oakwell stunned.

Craig Davies’s late free kick at least gave something for the suffering home fans to cheer.

Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, O’Brien, Davies, Perkins, Wiseman, McNulty, Vaz Te, Butterfield, Drinkwater. Subs: Preece, Haynes, Done, Addison, Ranger.

Ipswich: Stockdale, Creswell, Edwards, Bowyer, Chopra, Martin, Scotland, Andrews, Collins, Murphy, Sonko. Subs: Lee-Barrett, Ellington, Bullard, Carson, Wabara.