since 1878

Stoke City (1) 2 - 2 (2) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2005-06

Monday, January 2, 2006

Referee: Lee Probert

Manager: Johan Boskamp

Britannia Stadium 15:00

Attendance: 14,493

Manager: Joe Royle

Match Number: 3139


 D Russell (27)
 M Sidibe (73)
 Jason DeVos (7)
 Fabian Wilnis (18)


M BroomesK Henry (45)
L ChadwickK Harper (60)
P GallagherP Kopteff (70)


 L Chadwick (41)
 M Broomes (45)



S Simonsen

C Hoefkens

M Broomes

M Duberry

L Buxton

L Chadwick

D Russell

D Brammer

P Gallagher

S Bangoura

M Sidibe



E deGoey

K Henry

P Sweeney

P Kopteff

K Harper

Match Report


Stoke came back from two goals down but could not find a winner in a 2-2 draw against a patched-up Ipswich side.

Jason De Vos' header and a thumping Fabian Wilnis strike saw Ipswich race into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes.

But Darel Russell pulled one back for the hosts before half-time and Mamady Sidibe levelled in the 73rd minute.

City pressed in search of a decisive goal but had to settle for their first draw since the opening day of the season as they ended a run of three straight defeats.

Ipswich were forced into six changes from the side that beat Luton 1-0 on Saturday but despite that upheaval they quickly clicked into gear.

Darren Currie had a powerful early effort caught by Potters goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and City defender Carl Hoefkens also did well to get a toe to Ian Westlake's low effort after a swift break.

After six minutes they were in front when De Vos rose unchallenged to head past Simonsen from Currie's corner. City were sluggish and Dave Brammer and Luke Chadwick both hit well off target from distance and Lewis Buxton had two close-range efforts blocked from Paul Gallagher's corner.

After another slick spell of possession, Wilnis doubled the lead with a thumping effort in the 19th minute.

Currie toyed with Marlon Broomes on the left and his cross found Wilnis on the other side of the area.

The right-back's initial strike was well saved by Simonsen but rebounded straight out to the defender, who drove the ball inside the far post.

But midway through the opening period the Potters pulled one back when Sambegou Bangoura robbed Aidan Collins on halfway and slipped the ball right to Russell inside the area for the midfielder to squeeze the ball inside the near post.

The home team continued to pressurise, and went particularly close from a couple of Gallagher corners, while Bangoura was also guilty of a bad miss as Joe Royle's men led at the break.

Karl Henry replaced Broomes and Stoke continued to pound away looking for an equaliser, although Ipswich looked much more solid after half-time.

And a Westlake drive that flew just over the bar was a reminder that the visitors were still dangerous on the break.

Stoke were unable to force anything like the pressure they had in the opening period but Bangoura should have equalised when he was played into the box by Gallagher, only to have his shot blocked by Town goalkeeper Shane Supple.

But with 18 minutes remaining, City finally levelled when Sidibe nodded home Brammer's near-post corner.

Ipswich could have taken another shock lead 10 minutes later but Gavin Williams' shot was saved after Westlake's pass split the City defence.

Making his Stoke debut as a substitute after joining on a free-transfer from Norwegian club Viking, Peter Kopteff broke past Wilnis but had his powerful strike saved.

Bangoura had another effort blocked and despite another couple of nervous corners for Supple, Ipswich clung on for a point.

This is Staffordshire

Match Gallery


2005-06 Reports