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Ipswich Town 2 v 2 Lincoln City
FA Cup
Saturday, 7th January 2017 Kick-off 15:00
Ipswich Town 2-2 Lincoln City - Match Report
Saturday, 7th Jan 2017 17:22

Tom Lawrence saved Town’s blushes with an 86th minute equaliser, his second goal of the game, as Vanarama National League leaders Lincoln City came within four minutes of a famous third round FA Cup upset at Portman Road but had to be content with a 2-2 draw. The Imps went ahead through Theo Robinson in the seventh minute, Lawrence levelled four minutes later before the Lincoln striker netted his second on 65 and the Imps looked destined to win it until Lawrence’s late goal rescued Town.

Boss Mick McCarthy made five changes with Dean Gerken, Jonas Knudsen, Andre Dozzell, Freddie Sears and Grant Ward all starting.

Skipper Luke Chambers and Cole Skuse dropped out of the squad having been doubts with knee problems, while Myles Kenlock also missed the game having suffered a calf injury at QPR.

Also not in the 18 was striker David McGoldrick, who is understood to have suffered a groin injury in training on Friday, while another frontman Leon Best was ill.

The Blues bench included 17-year-old left-back Pat Webber, who signed from Worthing at the end of last season, 19-year-old central defender or right-back George Fowler, who is from Ashfield near Debenham, Irish U19 international midfielder Adam McDonnell, 19, who made his league debut at Derby on the final day of last season, and strikers Shane McLoughlin, 19, an Irish U18 international, and England U18 international Ben Morris, 17.

Christophe Berra skippered in Chambers’s absence, while Lincoln named an unchanged team.

Town started brightly and won two early corners, but the 4,838 travelling Imps in the Cobbold Stand quickly had something to celebrate with their side taking the lead with their first chance of the game in the seventh minute.

Nathan Arnold sent over a teasing low cross from the right and former Derby striker Robinson got in between Adam Webster and Emmanuel to divert the ball past Gerken from close range.

But the Imps lead wasn’t to last for long. On 12 Lawrence picked up the ball just inside the Town half and brought it forward to the edge of the area unchallenged before hitting a low shot which went under Lincoln keeper Paul Farman and into the net to level the scores and settle more than a few nerves around Portman Road.

While it was a great run from Lawrence, who has now scored four goals during his loan spell from Leicester, Lincoln will be disappointed not to have got in at least one challenge and Farman will feel he should have done much better.

Neither side threatened again until 25th minute when Pitman hit an effort from distance, which flew well over.

Lincoln had been having more of the ball but without creating an opportunity, while the Blues had been very wasteful in possession with Dozzell having been unable to get into the game.

Imps midfielder Arnold hit a low effort from the left of the area which Gerken saved comfortably on the half hour, then moments later, following a freekick, the Blues keeper grabbed a dangerous bouncing ball in the area ahead of Robinson. The former Ram claimed he had been fouled as he went after the ball but referee Lee Probert showed little interest.

On 33 Berra made an important interception from a Bradley Wood cross from the right after a quickly taken freekick not far inside the Town half.

The visitors continued to have most of the ball, however without Gerken being forced into further action, and on 35 an Alan Power shot from the edge of the box deflected over.

Town began to have more of the ball as half-time approached and in the 43rd minute Dozzell hit a low shot which deflected just wide from the edge of the box after good work on the right from Emmanuel.

The resultant corner on the left led to another flag-kick on the right from which Pitman tried to replicate his overhead kick against Bristol City but failed to get any power on it and Farman claimed.

Neither side created a further opportunity before the whistle was greeted by cheers from the visiting fans and a few boos from the home support.

Town had started brightly and then quickly got themselves back on terms after the potentially serious blow of the early Lincoln goal but subsequently struggled to impose their superiority on the Imps.

Lincoln had subsequently been on top but without being able to create a chance from which they might have regained their lead.

The Blues had started to press more towards the break with Dozzell getting more involved but overall the non-league side will have been much the happier going off at the break and Town needed a much better second half to avoid a replay or worse still a giantkilling.

Soon after the restart Knudsen slipped on the Blues left gifting the ball to Robinson but the Danish international quickly got back to block the Lincoln striker’s cross.

The visitors threatened again in the 50th minute after a Knudsen cross from the left was cleared, Berra eventually cutting out Arnold’s cross. Soon after, Gerken grabbed a curling Robinson shot from the edge of the box.

The Town keeper was forced into a more serious save in the 56th minute when Terry Hawkridge fed the breaking Arnold after the Blues had lost possession on halfway but Gerken was out quickly to block and Berra cleared the danger.

Powerful Lincoln number nine Matt Rhead headed into the arms of Gerken on the hour, then soon after Dozzell played the ball into Sears’s feet inside the area and the ex-Colchester man hit a shot on the turn which flew only just wide.

On 62 Gerken put Bru under unnecessary pressure with a quick throw from which Lincoln quickly regained possession but the keeper comfortably claimed Sam Habergham’s shot from the right.

The visitors had looked the more threatening side throughout the second half and in the 65th minute they went back in front. Berra, under pressure from Rhead, headed Imps skipper Luke Waterfall’s long ball behind him and into the path of Robinson, who gleefully smashed home his second goal of the game to send the visiting fans wild.

With sections of the Town support singing ‘you’re getting sacked in the morning’ in the direction of manager Mick McCarthy Lincoln continued to take the game to the Blues with growing confidence, while the Championship side were unable to keep hold of the ball or put the Imps goal under any pressure.

Match Gallery: 8 photos

Lawrence hit a 30-yard freekick over from distance in the 74th minute as the Lincoln support taunted the Town fans with chants of ‘Championship, you’re having a laugh’.

Town finally began to put the visitors under some pressure as the game reached the 80-minute mark. Ward brought the ball into the area on the right and fed Pitman, who turned his shot well over.

With nine minutes remaining Jack Muldoon replaced two-goal striker Robinson, whose last visit to Portman Road saw him score as Derby beat the Blues 2-1 in October 2012, a game which led to former Town manager Paul Jewell’s departure the following day.

On 83 Lawrence crossed from the left and Farman did well to get down to his left to keep out Dozzell’s flicked header.

Aside from that Town hadn’t looked like getting back on terms until another brilliant Lawrence strike saved the Blues’ blushes. The on-loan Leicester man picked the ball up midway inside the Imps half and smashed a low shot which flew past Farman to his left.

Having got back on terms, Town now went after a winner, Lawrence and Sears exchanging passes on the left of the area before winning the first of two corners.

But there was another big scare for the Blues in the final minute when Lincoln broke quickly and, with a blatant trip on Berra having been missed by the officials, Alex Woodyard broke into the area from Arnold’s pass, however, Emmanuel did superbly to get back and use his strength to dispossess the Imps midfielder.

Seconds before the whistle Berra won a header from a Knudsen long throw on the right but Sears’s looped effort towards goal was straight into Farman’s arms.

Loud boos greeted the final whistle from home sections of Portman Road, while the Lincoln supporters celebrated the draw which might well have been an even more famous win but for Lawrence’s equaliser. Manager McCarthy was also booed as he made his way to the tunnel.

Having failed to impose themselves in the first half, the Blues were little better at the start of the season and worse once yet another defensive error had led to Lincoln’s second goal.

The Blues gradually started to make some headway but it took a piece of individual magic from Lawrence, quickly emerging as Town’s player of the year, to save what would have been considerable embarrassment and a first FA Cup defeat to non-league opposition since the January 1960 loss to Peterborough United at the same stage.

From there the Blues might even have won it with the Imps finally put under some pressure but were unable to claim a winner which would have been very harsh on the visitors, who might even have grabbed a third goal on the break but for Emmanuel’s interception.

The teams, who both go into the fourth round draw at 7.10pm on Monday ahead of Cambridge United’s tie with Leeds United, will meet again at Sincil Bank a week on Tuesday when the Blues will have to be much better if they are to avoid an embarrassing replay exit.

Town: Gerken, Emmanuel, Webster, Berra (c), Knudsen, Bru, Ward, Dozzell, Lawrence, Sears, Pitman. Unused: Bialkowski, Fowler, Webber, McDonnell, Douglas, McLoughlin, Morris.

Lincoln: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Waterfall (c), Power, Rhead (Long 90), Hawkridge, Raggett, Arnold, Woodyard, Robinson (Muldoon 81). Unused: Walker, Marriott, Miles, Fixter, McCombe. Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire). Att: 16,027 (Lincoln 4,838).

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MicksZzzTactics added 16:19 - Jan 8

Agree 200%


geminimustang added 17:34 - Jan 8
"warktheline added 16:07 - Jan 8
@geminimustang, jeez what planet are you on? Your comparisons are nowt short of embarrassing! Until now 🤔I never believed someone could play Nicholson's part any better in the 'Shining' or 'One flew over the cuckoos nest'.....step forward comrade!!!!!!😳
Walk_the_Wark added 13:30 - Jan 8
Gemini= nodger"

Your comments say a lot about you.It's not a compliment!! I respect your opinion as i respect all other's on the forum.

geminimustang added 17:36 - Jan 8
"MicksZzzTactics added 16:19 - Jan 8
Agree 200%"

As my Mother used to say,"while you're having a go at me,you're leaving other's alone".Nice i can get MM some respite!!

BillBlue added 17:51 - Jan 8
Guentchev - the stated target for the Petition was 500 signatures and that is what they got - 100i% so Milne was as wrong as you are!

warktheline added 18:30 - Jan 8
Geminimustung, my mother can top what your mother said!
At the beginning of the season I asked my mother, " Will McCarthy get us promoted this season"?
My wise mother replied, " You've got two hopes son, Bob Hope and no hope"!!!!!!!!!

Give us a smile Gemini 🤔😬😁😂

warktheline added 18:32 - Jan 8
@MicksZzzTactics, top man 👍😂

MicksZzzTactics added 18:37 - Jan 8

QUICK! Someone get Mustang here a freakin' Kleenex, for crying out loud! :-)


oh and btw:

LOL :-)

PS: Soooo on top of everything else -- 1st class commendable drivel and all :-) -- you 'bring to the party' here on this site DEAR @geminimustang, you now also have the bloody audacity to claim to be "respecting others & and their views" here on TWTD" (in your latest reply to @warktheline just above)??? ....
Hmmmm "respecting others views" ehhhh??? Let's see: Just last night for instance (but I've plenty of other examples too!) I made an imho utterly 'innocent' little post that joked about the abundance of fairly farfetched (considering both Scrooge Evans's tight purse and what we have to offer of "excitement" to a real talented player nowadays here at ITFC) appearing Town transfer rumors here which in fact furthermore also were ment to be a reminder & informative to mostly our younger fans here i.e. those that likely don't know Steve Daley! and might be somewhat unaware of how transfer fees have gone beyond cuckoo since that "peanuts-like" record breaking English transfer fee from 1979, and then I basically finished off this post by wishing EVERY fan (meaning including ones such as yourself!) a great weekend! ..... and still you "RESPECTFULLY" down-vote said post??? .... presumably because it also contains a passage that makes a little fun of your beloved savior & guru Mick 'The Dino' McCarthy???
Respect" my as@, you freakin' hypocrite!!!!!!!!!

BanksterDebtSlave added 20:23 - Jan 8
I think you're all probably being influenced by those evil Russians, under Putin's orders, to come to these conclusions about Mick. MickszzzTactics is a known KGB asset !

guentchev added 01:32 - Jan 9
Sorry then Billblue. My understanding was that 1000 signatures require a public limited company response, 10,000 a government response (which isn't needed here), and 100,000 for debate in parliament (an unlikely debate topic!).(source My understanding was that Ipswich Town FC is a PLC, so apologies as I am obviously wrong.

MicksZZztactics: I am not offended, but I am one of those stat nerd freaks (I deal with stats all day and data drives me nuts). You are an excellent poster and I look forward to reading your views and looking at the cartoons. Whatever job you do do in the real world you are obviously highly creative!

Just to make it crystal clear to others who have jumped on my last post. I am not a Mick MCCarthy fan. I believe he needs to go for the sake of this club. I am however of the opinion that he is going to stay. ME won't fire him and he's not resigning anytime soon. We are stuck in limbo and our club is in a sad, sad state. Furthermore, I am deeply concerned about our financial ability to bring in new players. We seem to only beat the likes of York City to signatures. Whenever a challenge comes from a championship side or a top half league 1 we always seem to get beaten to sign them up. I hope I am proved wrong and we sign Danny Ward, Sam Winnall or a player of a similar callibre. But I think it's more likely that we will end up with another free or loan.

MicksZzzTactics added 06:14 - Jan 9

Ahhh Bontcho my man, all your kind words literally makes me blush! .... and that's a genuine rare sensation for me in this day and age. LOL!

You yourself showed great strength of character (and not for the first time here. Bravo!) in the above post, and believe me my intention in my 1st reply to you was neither to be subject-patronizing ---- such sordid behavior is thankfully ONLY occasionally needed when dealing with @swn98 (whom the original "Revelation about small looking sample sizes" post obviously was directed at, after he flat out just dismissed @vanmunt's earlier valid inputs) and obnoxious ultra thickheaded living 'In Denial' posters like him/her! ---- and nor was it intended to in any way be derogatory towards REAL LIFE Stat Nerds or "Certified Statisticians" etc. (again if you really bothered :-) to read all the ensuing exchanges on that Wigan pre-match TWTD article you will find that it was in fact @swn98 who instead of just conceding defeat so to speak opted for offensively implying that stat-loving or stats educated/working with stats good folks must be living an beyond "boring life"?!).

Which brings me to a little personal revelation exclusively ment for you Bontcho, HeHe: I am -- or WAS until recently anyway -- in fact a rather extreme spare-time-only "Stat Geek" myself! in the for "ordinary" :-) UK based people highly likely never heard of field of ..... SABERMETRICS!!!

However I trust you Bontcho in your rare capacity of being a true everyday "Statistician" & "Nerd" :-) might be well aware of what it is though..... if not rather than just Google'ing it better check out a nice concise intro guide here: (at the home of the highly esteemed official "Society" for it! lol).

Aye as a person who has worked & lived in North America on several occasions I was on a hobby/spare-time basis mind you! truly engrossed in Sabermetrics from about 1990 where I bought my first Sabermetrics books & encyclopedias, until about the early part of this decade where not only literally 'one too many' negative things & revelations about the very "Thing" that Sabermetrics obviously is all-out based on!, made me seriously OVER-disillusioned about said "Thing", but also contemporary changes in my personal life ... all made be put it 'On The Shelve' so to speake (meaning I currently no longer participate actively in brainstorming sabermetrics forums, nor to articles or occasional tweakings of existing and/or in-the-makings new sabermetics formulas). But who knows??? I might take it up again when I reach true "Geriatric" state! LOL!

So how about akk that ehhhh, dear Bontcho??? HeHe ... Surprise Surprise we are thus actually both to some degree at least in the same BIG "boat" when it comes to having an affinity if not outright passion for *special* numbers & deeper number crunching!!! :-)

PS: I didn't initially wish to mingle in your and @BillBlue's smallish disagreement regarding the "Mick Out" internet petition, but while I'm indeed uncertain myself about this here specific issue of how many is needed to sign a UK petition like this one, I did/do tend to LEAN towards you Bontcho actually .... not the least because I find it puzzling that when you click on the link you provided to said petition it does in fact indicate loud and clear: That it's goal is to "reach 1,000" ???

PJewellisaGod added 08:06 - Jan 9
Change of subject - but it is about stats. Anybody here know how much a place in the 4th round this year is? Had an argument with a friend who says it's worth close to 2M if you get a big draw in the 4th, I still think it's about 1M? Poor draw 500K? Help appreciated!

Razor added 11:27 - Jan 9
Tommy Smith should realise and understand it is up to the players to perform and get the crowd on their side----that is the job they are paid to do.

The fans are the paying public who are perfectly entitled to express their opinions if all they get served up is rubbish,which is what is happenning now far too often.

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