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Wolves and Ipswich share the spoils in early kick-off

Benik Afobe equalised by Wolves needed a win. Credit: PA

Wolves striker Benik Afobe kept their fading promotion hopes alive as his 31st goal of the season salvaged a 1-1 Championship draw against play-off rivals Ipswich at Molineux.

Afobe, who scored 19 goals on loan at MK Dons before joining Wolves from Arsenal in January for £2million, pounced after 50 minutes to cancel out a 21st-minute own goal from Richard Stearman.

It was a vital strike from Afobe as the Black Country side were heading for a third successive defeat which would have all but ended their play-off hopes.

While Wolves are just about still alive in the promotion race, Ipswich remain well placed for a top-six finish despite failing to hold on to the advantage they were presented by Stearman.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy, who was in charge at Wolves for almost six years before being sacked in February 2012, has steered them to 75 points and knows that winning their final two games of the season would secure a place in the play-offs.

Liverpool boss admits Swansea win will not be bettered

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers knows his reign will be judged on trophies but even if he reached the FA Cup final he claims it will not be the biggest game of his career.

Rodgers will never forget the play-off final. Credit: PA

The Reds face Aston Villa at Wembley on Sunday looking to reach their first final since 2012, when they won the League Cup but lost the FA Cup to Chelsea.

However, Rodgers insists he has already managed in the biggest game of his career so anything else will not faze him.

Swansea's play-off final was the biggest game for me and always will be so it is not about pipping it - it would be exactly the same if we were to get to a Champions League final.

I'd only been a manager a short time and I will always say it was my biggest game because it is a life-changing game.

There are more prestigious games in football in terms of trophies but the play-off final, in terms of career and life and where it projects you to, is a big game. That game will always be the biggest game in my career but this game will be something different.

– Liverpool manager Bredan Rodgers
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