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Sheffield United (1) 3 - 3 (2) Ipswich Town

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Referee: Eddie Ilderton

Manager: Kevin Blackwell

Bramall Lane 19:45

Attendance: 28,366

Manager: Roy Keane

Match Number: 3320

Goals

Home
 Darius Henderson (9)
 Darius Henderson (77)
 Chris Morgan (90)
Away
 Jon Walters (24)
 Grant Leadbitter (34)
 Gareth McAuley (70)

Substitutions

Home
Matt KilgallonAndrew Davies (34)
David CotterillGlen Little (63)
Andy TaylorRichard Cresswell (76)

Cards

Home
 Chris Morgan (15)
 Andy Taylor (37)
 Kyle Walker (53)
Away
 Tamas Priskin (25)

Teams

Home

Mark Bunn

Chris Morgan

Matt Kilgallon

Andy Taylor

Kyle Walker

Nick Montgomery

James Harper

Stephen Quinn

Darius Henderson

Ched Evans

David Cotterill

Substitutes

Home

Ian Bennett

Jordan Stewart

Andrew Davies

Ryan France

Kyel Reid

Glen Little

Richard Cresswell

Match Report

Sheffield United 3 Ipswich Town 3

Ipswich Town's hopes of a first league win of the season were dashed by Sheffield United captain Chris Morgan in a dramatic finale at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night.

Roy Keane, the Ipswich manager, must have been relishing the prospect of three points as his team secured a 3-1 lead on merit with 20 minutes remaining.

"I keep saying it's only a matter of time before things click into place," Keane said.

"We should have seen the game out, it was nothing to do with bad luck but we can take positives. Does it feel like a defeat? Probably not, we played well, desire has never been a problem and we have scored three goals and taken a point away from home."

But a familiar defensive frailty allied to United’s enduring passion saw his players concede an equaliser in stoppage time. Keane will not be sacked in the morning as United fans predicted, but his departure from Portman Road looms more likely than that elusive victory.

If United were a touch fortunate to seize an early initiative, it did not take long for Ipswich to wrest it from their grasp to bring about a dramatic role reversal.

Visiting goalkeeper Richard Wright appeared to have reasonable grounds for complaint as Darius Henderson challenged him for a looping, deflected shot in the six-yard area.

Wright could only parry the ball up and the United forward gratefully headed his second goal of the season that counted despite Ipswich protests.

Ipswich, though, translated overwhelming possession into a deserved goal when Carlos Edwards, one of three former Sunderland players recruited by Keane, overlapped down the right and centred for Jon Walters, whose clever back-heel crept through a crowded danger zone and beyond Mark Bunn, the United goalkeeper.

That buccaneering style was rewarded again in the 34th minute as Ipswich took the lead.

Grant Leadbitter’s low 20-yard shot may not have carried much pace, but still enough to defeat Bunn, who went to ground sluggishly.

United had their chances, mainly from goalmouth melees that Ipswich scrambled to safety, but the game seemed beyond them when Gareth McAuley headed his side into a 3-1 lead from Leadbitter’s right-wing corner with 20 minutes remaining.

Kevin Blackwell’s Sheffield side are renowned for their grandstand finishes, though, and sure enough they produced one after Henderson’s quick feet and control saw him convert substitute Glen Little’s cross in the 77th minute.

It was captain Morgan who dashed Ipswich hearts in time added on, sweeping the ball over the line after Wright had dropped a left-wing corner at his feet.

David McVay (telegraph.co.uk)

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