Last Updated: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:07
David McGoldrick bagged a quickfire brace either side of half-time to sink 10-man Leeds 3-0 and hand a vital boost to Ipswich's survival prospects.
Neil Warnock's side made much of the early running, only to find Town goalkeeper Scott Loach in inspired form.
Stephen Warnock's inswinging corner cannoned back off his crossbar before Paul Green's follow-up was cleared off the line.
Loach thwarted David Norris - who was subjected to a frosty reception on his return to Portman Road - following good work from Steve Morison and reacted swiftly as Green again came close moments later.
Ipswich were presented with the opportunity to turn the contest on its head when United defender Tom Lees launched an unnecessary and dangerously high tackle on Jay Tabb in midfield to earn his marching orders in the 32nd minute.
Mick McCarthy's men did not pass up the opportunity and McGoldrick opened the scoring from close range on the stroke of half-time.
Luke Hyam headed Carlos Edwards' cross against the crossbar and McGoldrick was on hand to nod into an unguarded net.
The on-loan Nottingham Forest man doubled the advantage after 49 minutes with a slight deflection on the striker's left-footed shot leaving Leeds keeper Paddy Kenny helpless.
Leeds gamely continued to threaten but Jay Emmanuel-Thomas came off the bench to slam home a third. He drilled emphatically past Kenny after Aaron Creswell crafted the 68th-minute opportunity superbly.
Back-to-back wins mean Ipswich lie four points clear of the bottom three with seven games remaining, three points and five places below Leeds in 11th.
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