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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 1 (0) West Bromwich Albion

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 19,574

Manager: Roberto DiMatteo

Match Number: 3338


 Grant Leadbitter (68)
 Chris Brunt (90)


Robert KorenIshmael Miller (68)
Jerome ThomasFilipe Teixeira (76)
Youssuf MulumbuSimon Cox (80)


 Youssuf Mulumbu (34)
 Graeme Dorrans (45)
 Jonas Olsson (65)



Scott Carson

Jonas Olsson

Marek Cech

Gabriel Tamas

Gonzalo Jara

Robert Koren

Chris Brunt

Jerome Thomas

Graeme Dorrans

Youssuf Mulumbu

Roman Bednar



Dean Kiely

Joe Mattock

Gianni Zuiverloon

Shelton Martis

Filipe Teixeira

Ishmael Miller

Simon Cox

Match Report

Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo left fuming by penalty decision

West Bromwich boss Roberto Di Matteo was left seething by the penalty award that cost his third-placed team two points in the promotion race.

Controversial young referee Stuart Attwell, 27, was one of the few who noticed Albion defender Jonas Olsson apparently climbing on Damien Delaney on 65 minutes. Grant Leadbitter drove the penalty into the left corner of the net.

Ipswich couldn't match Albion's passing game but their boss Roy Keane is demanding a battling approach and he certainty got it, though it was far from attractive. And it was only a 93rd-minute scrambled goal by Chris Brunt, his seventh of the season, that rescued a point.

Di Matteo said: 'If you have to play against the referee as well, that's a bit difficult! 'It was a big moment in the game. Out of nothing he thought he saw something.'

While Keane admitted that West Brom had more of the play, he was delighted with the point and also said of the man who gave away the penalty: 'I saw him do something similar up at Newcastle. That was a warning. He didn't heed it.'

Albion could have led close to half-time when Ipswich's outstanding central defender Gareth McAuley headed off the line from Brunt. And Ipswich keeper Arran Lee-Barrett was lucky to stay on the field when he scythed down Roman Bednar a yard outside the penalty area but he was only booked.

Albion kept pressing in the final stages and, after Simon Cox had a shot charged down, the ball fell to Brunt who tucked it away.

However, Ipswich were happy with the point that leaves them unbeaten in nine home games, with only two defeats in the last 16.

'I see it as a three-horse race between Albion, Forest and Newcastle for the two automatic promotion places this season,' added Keane.

Ian Gibb (MailOnline)

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