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Leicester City (1) 2 - 2 (1) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2004-05

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Referee: Anthony Leake

Manager: Dave Bassett

Walkers Stadium 19:45

Attendance: 22,497

Manager: Joe Royle

Match Number: 3075


 Connolly (34)
 Heath (60)
 Ian Westlake (2)
 Heath (og) (89)


WilliamsGudjonsson (56)
DublinBenjamin (80)























Match Report

Late own goal earns Town a point

Matt Heath turned from hero to villain as his late own goal earned Ipswich a point against Leicester at the Walkers Stadium.

Thanks to Heath's strike just before the hour mark, it had looked like caretaker manager Dave Bassett was set to pick up his first win since taking over from Micky Adams but he was left with another point to go with the 1-1 draw picked up at Coventry at the weekend.

Ian Westlake had stunned City by giving the visitors the lead after less than a minute and it took until mid-way through the opening period for the home side to recover.

David Connolly grabbed an equaliser 12 minutes before half-time, before Matt Heath gave Leicester a deserved lead just before the hour mark, with former Ipswich man James Scowcroft having a helping hand in both.

Despite Bassett insisting before the game there was no jinx at City's new home the sense of relief had been tangible around the stadium as Leicester looked set to record their second league victory here this season and their third in 10 months but those words had a hollow ring to them as Joe Royle's Ipswich extended their unbeaten run to six matches.

Bassett made three changes to the side that drew with Coventry with Jason Wilcox likely to miss the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury, Scott Gemmill only making the bench and Kevin Harper having returned to Portsmouth.

However, the Foxes got off to the worst possible start, with youngster Westlake giving the visitors the lead inside the first minute. Midfielder Kevin Horlock played a raking pass behind the City defence for Darren Bent and after the pacey striker's shot was blocked by Kevin Pressman, Westlake was well-placed to calmly lob the ball over former Town man Chris Makin and Jordan Stewart on the line.

Bent's speed has attracted several admiring glances from Premiership clubs and once again he exposed the Foxes rearguard only to be denied by a desperate lunge by Heath.

However, Leicester slowly got a foothold in the game with Connolly and Dion Dublin looking increasingly dangerous.

Connolly, who has struggled for form since his move here from West Ham, spurned a wonderful chance when he shot straight at Lewis Price after a neat build-up through Dublin and Gareth Williams.

However, Connolly did equalise with a low shot after a Scowcroft's flicked header had skipped past the Town defence - the Republic of Ireland international beating Price with a low finish to score just his second of the season.

The goal rattled Ipswich and Leicester, and Connolly in particular, smelt blood and the visitors were thankful to Price that they survived the 12 minutes until the interval.

The 20-year-old, who is in goal in place of the injured Kelvin Davis, did well to keep out Danny Tiatto and twice thwarted Connolly, while Westlake cleared off the line from a Martin Keown header as the Foxes piled on the pressure as interval approached.

Town were grateful for the half-time whistle and had regained some composure during the break, while the hosts struggled to recreate the intensity they had whipped up just before half-time.

But on 59 minutes they took the lead after a spell of pressure, Scowcroft knocking down a Makin cross for Heath to shoot low into the corner of Price's goal from just outside the area. It was then the visitors' turn to apply the greater pressure as Leicester anxiously defended deep and Pressman had to be at his best to keep out Shefki Kuqi's glancing header from Horlock's free-kick and a dipping strike from substitute Pablo Counago.

There was a late scare for Leicester as Kuqi had the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out for substitute Dean Bowditch's challenge on Pressman. But with just a minute remaining, they did get back on level terms when Heath headed past Pressman himself after Leicester had failed to clear Horlock's corner.

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