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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 1 (0) Watford

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Referee: Trevor Kettle

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: Unknown

Manager: Malky Mackay

Match Number: 3323

Goals

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 Gareth McAuley (5)
Away
 Nathan Ellington (90)

Substitutions

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John EustaceNathan Ellington (63)
Henri LansburyMichael Bryan (89)

Cards

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 Jon Harley 
 Ross Jenkins 

Teams

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Scott Loach

Lloyd Doyley

Adrian Mariappa

Jon Harley

Craig Cathcart

Lee Hodson

John Eustace

Henri Lansbury

Don Cowie

Ross Jenkins

Danny Graham

Substitutes

Away

Jonathan Bond

Will Hoskins

Scott Severin

Liam Henderson

Dale Bennett

Michael Bryan

Nathan Ellington

Match Report

Nathan Ellington dashes Roy Keane's hopes of a first victory

Ipswich's cataclysmic season took its cruellest twist yet at Portman Road when Watford substitute Nathan Ellington drove a 94th-minute equaliser through the heart of Roy Keane and his players.

Without a win in their first 12 Championship matches, Ipswich, who remain bottom, ought to have won their 13th at a canter as they created - and squandered - so many chances after Gareth McAuley headed them into a fourth-minute lead.

They didn't even suffer from the nerves that might have been expected as the final stages unfolded, carving out three glorious opportunities in the final 10 minutes alone.

That was until the final minute of injury time when Watford midfielder Danny Graham curled in a hopeful diagonal cross and Ellington ghosted into space in the Ipswich area to guide his volley past Asmir Begovic and leave East Anglia shaking its collective head.

Keane said: 'We can make excuses and everyone can have a pity party but you have to take your chances. If you don't, this game kicks you in the teeth. But that's why I love football. I love the fact that you get punished when you don't do the business. That's the madness of it and why we're all involved in it.

'I've got no problem with the performance but 13 games without a victory, that's a bad run. It's unacceptable, there's no getting away from it. There is no hiding place, particularly for the manager.'

Ivan Speck (Mail Online)

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