Last Updated: Sat, 20 Apr 2013 19:04
Leroy Lita scored a second-half equaliser to earn Sheffield Wednesday a draw against Ipswich and edge them a point closer to safety.
Lita, on loan from Swansea, struck his fifth goal in 15 appearances for the Owls, but this latest effort is the most significant yet as it helped lift Wednesday four points clear of the bottom three with two games left to play.
Ipswich midfielder Jay Tabb had given the visitors a deserved half-time lead before Lita latched on to Lewis Buxton's long upfield pass to slam home an emphatic finish into the top corner.
Ipswich defender Tommy Smith had already had a goalbound header cleared by Wednesday midfielder Danny Pugh when the visitors took a 12th-minute lead.
Midfielder Carlos Edwards played the ball across the penalty area from the right and Tabb converted into the bottom corner from six yards.
Ipswich threatened to double their lead five minutes later when midfielder Luke Hyam's fine 20-yard volley was superbly turned away by Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
Wednesday's main threat came from Jermaine Johnson, who headed straight at Ipswich goalkeeper Scott Loach and lashed a volley over from the edge of the area.
Ipswich were first to threaten after the restart when Guirane N'Daw volleyed past Kirkland's left-hand post from 20 yards before striker Daryl Murphy's angled shot fizzed wide.
Wednesday midfielder Jeremy Helan's shot was well-held by Loach, but the Ipswich keeper was helpless soon afterwards when Lita fired home a 58th-minute equaliser, when he raced onto Buxton's long punt to lash high into the top corner.
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