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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 1 (0) Burnley

Coca-Cola Championship 2006-07

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Referee: Keith Hill

Manager: Jim Magilton

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 20,254

Manager: Steve Cotterill

Match Number: 3180


 Alan Lee (90)
 Lafferty (86)


ElliottHyde (72)
JonesSinclair (87)


 Lafferty (45)
 McGreal (69)
 Thomas (69)
 Noel-Williams (90)





















Match Report

Burnley cut up rough

FOR once it was a late goal by Ipswich that ensured a point gained rather than three lost.

In their past three away games, including the first one at Burnley, The Blues have lost to goals in time added on. It looked for a few moments that they were going down to another late strike when Kyle Lafferty netted fore the Clarets but Alan lee equalised in the 90th minute to give them a much-needed, and deserved, point.

They had to hold on for another five excruciating minutes before ensuring a draw, which also maintains Burnley's play-off challenge.

Tail Sylvain Legwinski, back after a ban, got behind the Burnley defence but Coyne made an excellent grab to save from his header and held tight on the line.

Lee squandered an even better chance after good work from young Irish duo Garvan and Clarke who put him clean through.

Ipswich had Burnley striker Noel-Williams to thank for clearing another McGreal header from a corner when he nodding over the bar from a yard out.

Ironically it was Burnley who cut up as rough as the pitch in the second half with bookings for McGreal and Thomas as they looked to halt the Ipswich attack that got livelier as the game went on.

Ironic because it is Ipswich, who three year's ago played in the UEFA Cup via the Fair play league, who top the indiscipline table with 57 yellows already this season, just four short of the amount they picked up all last season.

Then came that late blow from Lafferty. The youngster on loan from Sunderland collected a pass from James O'Conner, skipped inside Richards and curled in a shot from 25 yards.

But with 90 minutes on the clock Lee stroked away a penalty after Noel Williams pushed away a Roberts corner with a raised hand.

Burnley had to make do without ten-goal leading scorer Andy Gray who broke three metatarsal bones in a foot in the win over Leeds in midweek.

His replacement Kyle Lafferty missed a marvellous chance in the early stages when he fired tamely at Lewis Price after being teed up by Steve Jones.

The Clarets' wide man provided Lafferty with another opening with a low ball across the face of goal but Price produced a wonderfully acrobatic save and skipper Jason De Vos blocked Wade Elliott's follow up.

John McGreal rose above his former side's defence to get his head on a corner but again Price was well-positioned.

Jones was equally as wasteful in front of goal with one effort blocked and another hit over the bar after a mistake by De Vos. The former Crewe man also rapped the crossbar with a shot but Gifton Noel-Williams, looking lost without his partner Gray, had already handballed.

It took Ipswich a good 20 minutes before they started to show any sort of form and Danny Coyne, who is challenging price for the was number one shirt, pushed away a good effort from Billy Clarke.

The famed Ipswich pitch has declined rapidly this season and cut up badly but the Blues still tried to play the neater football. A move started by Roberts who latched on to a McGreal mistake, included terrific inter-passing involving Owen Garvan was especially pleasing to the eye and it also stirred Town.

Richard Naylor had a strong claim for a penalty after being pushed waved away and Garvan hit a volley from a half-cleared corner, blocked by Thomas in a tame first half.

Star Man: Gavin Williams (Ipswich)

George Davis (The Sunday Times)

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