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Ipswich Town (1) 1 - 1 (1) Swansea City

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Referee: Kevin Wright

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 19,667

Manager: Paulo Sousa

Match Number: 3322

Goals

Home
 Pablo Counago (15)
Away
 Craig Beattie (7)

Substitutions

Away
Andrea OrlandiJordi Lopez (62)
Nathan DyerTom Butler (74)
Mark GowerAshley Richards (90)

Cards

Home
 
Away
 Angel Rangel (77)

Teams

Away

Dorus DeVries

Ashley Williams

Alan Tate

Fede Bessone

Angel Rangel

Leon Britton

Darren Pratley

Andrea Orlandi

Nathan Dyer

Mark Gower

Craig Beattie

Substitutes

Away

David Cornell

Cedric VanDerGun

Jordi Lopez

Tom Butler

Ashley Richards

Lee Trundle

Besian Idrizaj

Match Report

Ipswich Town 1 Swansea City 1

The majority of Portman Road tried to suck the ball into the Swansea City goal as their side frantically sought that coveted maiden league win, but they were again left with sparse crumbs of hope.

There was endeavour coupled with character from Ipswich Town, who recovered from Craig Beattie's early goal to claim a draw when Pablo Couñago levelled. They poured forward in search of a winner in the second half but at the finish there was more reason for exasperation than celebration.

Ipswich manager, Roy Keane, will have to do with flickers of optimism rather than encouragement. Ipswich, lacking guile, remain bottom of the Championship.

The pressure is starting to reveal cracks. Keane, asked if goalkeeper Richard Wright was left out due to injury, replied: "No. Colin Healy wasn't injured either. Carlos Edwards wasn't injured. Owen Garvin wasn't injured. Do you want to ask about that?"

There was plenty to aggravate him on the pitch. Beattie latched on to Angel Rangel's long punt, leaving behind Gareth McAuley and Tommy Smith, and beat debutant goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Finesse is not required to open up Ipswich these days.

Despair at familiar brittleness soon evaporated. Couñago finished precisely after swapping passes with Jaime Peters, a low-centre-of-gravity bundle of energy. The striker might have converted another before half-time, but headed over.

This was an encounter of contrasting styles between a passing side and a counter-punching one. Swansea move the ball with fluidity but are hindered by slackness. Ipswich, playing with an urgency borne out of desperation, needed no encouragement.

In the second period Ashley Williams, a Premier League player according to his manager, Paulo Sousa, gave possession away to Alan Quinn, who sped down the left and crossed. Jon Walters prodded the ball wide to the agony of the home support.

Portman Road held its breath minutes later when Andrea Orlandi's centre was scuffed off target by Nathan Dyer. The game lay on a knife-edge. There were gasps when Smith headed Grant Leadbitter's corner wide.

Two teams, equally vulnerable, probed in their differing ways. Ipswich with bluster, Swansea with controlled premeditation. Ipswich almost did not need ingenuity to secure victory. Leadbitter's whack downfield presented Connor Wickham with a golden chance but De Vries denied him. The coup de grace had vanished. Ipswich's agony continues.

Neil Trainis (telegraph.co.uk)

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