Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy watched his side secure an impressive 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, before reserving praise for the Cherries.Yann Kermorgant looked to have set the hosts on their way to a fifth home win in a row when he acrobatically fired home an effort after just two minutes.
But the Tractor Boys' twice came from behind to earn a point with second-half goals from Teddy Bishop and Daryl Murphy cancelling out the efforts of Kermorgant and Matt Ritchie.
McCarthy said: "They were on fire from the start and it caused us problems, but we worked our way back into the game.
"If you get a point away from home it's a good point. I would take a point without getting off the bus because of how competitive this league is.
"Today's result is great for us because it is nailed on that they will finish top six minimum and will be fighting for promotion.
"I won't have this little old Bournemouth routine because if you come down here with that attitude you will get a slap.
"They have got a team of real hard nosed players and they have spent a few bob on getting that.
"Andrew Surman is as good as any other player in this division and they have spent big money on Callum Wilson.
"They are a really, really good team and we have worked hard for our result today."