The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHAT a dif­fer­ence a goal makes.

For 25 min­utes, Ip­swich proved Mick McCarthy’s pre-sea­son as­ser­tion that his team could be in the play-off shake-up come May while Leeds looked very much a work-in­progress.

Then a for­tu­itous equaliser, as Luke Var­ney can­celled out David McGoldrick’s fine strike, changed ev­ery­thing.

From then on, Leeds grew into the match, even­tu­ally de­serv­ing the win.

Their start to the sea­son might have in­cluded tough away days at Read­ing and QPR but the league ta­ble now reads played four, lost three, for McCarthy’s men.

As for Leeds, Brian McDer­mott will con­tinue to push that ‘work-in-progress’ mantra but he was rightly proud.

Both sides are led by men who know how to get out of this most un­for­giv­ing of leagues.

But it was McDer­mott who was left singing in the Suf­folk rain.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

IN DE­MAND: Ross McCor­mack cel­e­brates scor­ing his side’s sec­ond goal

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