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Ipswich Town (0) 0 - 0 (0) Peterborough United

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Referee: AR Hall

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 19,975

Manager: Mark Cooper

Match Number: 3330

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Chris WhelpdaleShaun Batt (68)
Paul CouttsToumani Diagouraga (77)
Mackail-SmithTommy Rowe (89)

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 George Boyd (44)

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Joe Lewis

Craig Morgan

Ryan Bennett

Scott Griffiths

Exodus Geohaghan

Paul Coutts

Lee Frecklington

Chris Whelpdale

Aaron Mclean

George Boyd

Mackail-Smith

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James McKeown

Charlie Lee

Tommy Rowe

Toumani Diagouraga

Shaun Batt

Dominic Green

Josh Simpson

Match Report

Ipswich Town 0 Peterborough United 0

Try as he may, night is stubbornly refusing to turn to day for Roy Keane. Perhaps it is not surprising that two teams boasting just four wins from 38 games between them could not manage another here.

But a home game against Peterborough the bottom side in the division needs to be won, and truly, this was a match Ipswich dominated.

They had 21 attempts at Bristol City on Saturday for the same scoreline; another 18 went begging last night. The boos shook Portman Road to its foundations at full time, making it clear who was the less satisfied of the two sides.

The first half was scrappy, but Ipswich had the better of it. Grant Leadbitter, Jon Walters and Liam Rosenior all went close, while Joe Lewis, England’s erstwhile number three, was excellent, throwing out a left hand to divert Leadbitter’s wickedly deflected shot wide and later parrying Gareth McAuley’s header from point-blank range.

Twice referee Andy Hall thwarted Ipswich’s attempts to forge ahead. Stern John’s was forced to cut short his celebrations when his headed goal was harshly disallowed for a push on Craig Morgan, and two minutes later Hall ruled that Lee Frecklington’s handball in the area was an accidental one.

The home side did threatened at times to loosen their grip. They got out of jail once when they gifted the ball to Craig Mackail-Smith, who should have done better than dragging his shot wide, and again when Frecklington, left carelessly unmarked at the back post, could only shoot weakly at Arran Lee-Barrett.

But the pressure was overwhelmingly Ipswich’s. They had another strong shout for handball off Bennett, while Jack Colback went just wide with a snapping left-footed volley. But after McAuley hooked over from four yards after Owen Garvan’s cross, it was clear it was not going to be their night.

Jonathan Liew (telegraph.co.uk)

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