Peterborough United 2-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
Saturday, 17th Aug 2019 16:59
Skipper Luke Chambers headed an injury-time equaliser as Town drew 2-2 at Peterborough United. James Norwood gave the Blues the lead in the fourth minute but Posh levelled through Ivan Toney, then went in front via Mo Eisa. Norwood saw a penalty saved and Town looked set for defeat until Chambers’s last-gasp leveller.
James Norwood grabbed his first goal for the Blues but Ivan Toney equalised for Peterborough with the scoreline 1-1 between Town and Posh at half-time at London Road.
Gwion Edwards made his first League One appearance of the season from the start against his old club with the Blues otherwise unchanged from the team which drew 1-1 with Sunderland last weekend.
Edwards, who was a starter in the much-changed line-up for the Carabao Cup defeat at Luton on Tuesday having returned from his groin injury, came in on the left of midfield for Luke Garbutt, who is out for a month with a knee problem.
Prospective new right-back Kane Vincent-Young travelled with the Town squad with his £500,000 move from Colchester agreed subject to his medical.
For Posh, who went into the match having lost all three of this season’s previous games, Marcus Maddison and Niall Mason returned to the starting line-up after missing their 1-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Oxford in midweek.
Prior to kick-off manager Paul Lambert went over to salute the loud 4,000-strong Town away following who had made the relatively short trip to Cambridgeshire.
The Blues saw most of the ball in the early stages and went in front in only the fourth minute via a calamitous mistake from Posh keeper Christy Pym.
Left-back Myles Kenlock crossed into the box from deep and Pym, who Town spoke to in the summer before signing Tomas Holy, looked set to make a routine catch. However, the former Exeter man collided with skipper Mark Beevers and the ball dropped to Norwood behind him.
The Town striker gleefully accepted the gift, calmly picking his spot and slotting into the empty net before wheeling away to celebrate in front of the home support.
As he did so, Pym claimed in vain to referee Martin Coy that he had been fouled, presumably presuming his collision had been with Norwood rather than one of his own players.
Having got their noses in front the Blues continued to press and threatened a second in the seventh minute after a quick Kayden Jackson break down the right. Eventually the ball was cleared to Flynn Downes 25 yards out but the midfielder’s shot flew over.
Rowe hit a low effort through to Pym on 11, then Maddison sent a freekick from the right across the Blues box but Ivan Toney was unable to reach it.
Posh were starting to see more of the ball - and win freekicks in dangerous areas - and on the quarter hour the ball was half-cleared to Maddison, who blazed over from just outside the box.
Two minutes later, Kenlock crossed from the left and Norwood was unable to get over it at the far post and the ball flew off his head and into the fans behind the goal.
But Peterborough were looking more of a danger and they might well have levelled in the 21st minute. Former King’s Lynn full-back Frazer Blake-Tracy beat Cole Skuse on the left, then sent over a superb ball which Toney headed too close to Holy, who claimed confidently. The ex-Newcastle youngster will have felt he should have scored.
But Toney didn’t have to wait too much longer for a goal. In the 29th minute Luke Woolfenden gave away a freekick on the Peterborough left for a rather needless foul on the Posh striker. Maddison deftly chipped the freekick into the box and Toney rose unmarked to nod his second goal of the season past Holy.
Town looked to hit straight back. Edwards cut in from the left and smashed a deflected shot which Pym did well to claw away from the corner of his net.
On 35 Edwards drew Norwood’s ire for flicking the ball away from the striker as he was about to volley a cross from the right towards goal. The ex-Posh winger indicated he hadn’t heard a call as he tried to head the ball into the box.
Four minutes later, Edwards shot over the bar, much to the delight of his old supporters, after the ball had been cleared to him in the aftermath of a rehearsed Blues freekick which hadn’t come off.
In the final scheduled minute before the break, Maddison spotted Holy out of his goal and tried an audacious effort from his own half but the Blues keeper reacted quickly to save to his right.
However, the home side were looking the more likely scorers of the game’s third goal as referee Coy ended the first period.
Town had started brightly and had controlled the game in the opening 10 minutes in which they were gifted Norwood’s opening goal.
But gradually Posh took charge and they might well have been on terms prior to Toney’s equaliser.
Aside from Edwards’s strike just after Peterborough’s goal, the Blues had shown little threat once parity had been restored and would have to improve significantly after the break to claim the three points.
Posh were first to threaten after the restart. Maddison was found by a low cross from the right and only a superb block from Holy prevented the home side from going in front.
Holy saved again from a Mo Eisa strike from distance, confidently batting the shot away from goal, and play quickly moved to the other end with the Blues starting to pass the ball around more confidently than before the break.
On 51 Skuse struck a shot which Pym stopped but couldn’t keep out with Jackson and then Danny Rowe both attempted to find space in which to shoot or find a colleague. Soon after, Edwards hit a low effort from just outside the area which Pym claimed to his left.
George Boyd, a Town target during Paul Jewell’s time as boss, shot over from 25 yards in the 58th minute, then on the hour Posh claimed a penalty when Toney went to ground as he ran past Kenlock as a freekick came into the box. Referee Coy wasn’t interested and the Town man appeared oblivious to the incident.
But the home side were beginning to put the pressure on again with the Blues making heavy weather of clearing following a cross from the left.
And in the 62nd minute Posh took the lead. Maddison floated a cross from the left into the path of Eisa. A diving Chambers was able to get a toe on the ball but it still fell to the Posh striker and with Woolfenden not in a position to cover, the former Bristol City man slipped the ball past Holy.
Town immediately swapped Edwards for Alan Judge and in the 65th minute had a great chance to level.
Jackson was played on on the left of the box and was felled by Frankie Kent. Referee Coy had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and showing Kent the yellow card.
Norwood took the kick and hit it low to Pym’s right but the keeper was equal to it - the strike was too close to him - and saved.
Judge shot over from distance as the Blues continued to look for their second goal of the game.
In the 73rd minute Kenlock and Josh Knight were booked for a clash on halfway, the Town man perhaps fortunate not to have seen red having shoved the Peterborough man in the throat having been pulled back by the neck.
Moments later, Idris El Mizouni took over from Rowe, who had had his quietest game of the season, while Peterborough swapped Maddison for Serhat Tasdemir.
Town tried to put the home side under pressure as the game moved into its final 10 minutes but the Peterborough defending staunchly. On 85, Posh withdrew Eisa for Joe Ward.
Judge shot high and wide in the 86th minute, then two minutes later crossed into Pym’s hands from the right with the Blues not looking like pulling back the goal they required.
In the final minute of regular time Mason was booked for a poor challenge on Jackson on the left. El Mizouni’s freekick flew beyond Pym’s left post.
Just as Town looked set to suffer their first League One defeat, they levelled. After Norwood felt he had been fouled in the box, the Blues won a corner on the right.
With Holy having made his way into the box, El Mizouni whipped the ball to the near post and skipper Chambers powerfully headed home to send the 4,000 fans behind the goal wild.
There was still time for Holy to tip a cross which was dipping under the bar over and claim the subsequent corner before referee Coy ended the afternoon’s proceedings.
Having started brightly Town were largely second best to the home side, who had deserved to go in front.
After squandering the penalty, which was a poor kick from Norwood, they appeared unlikely to claim a point with Posh remaining resolute but kept at it and eventually found their equaliser via Chambers’s header from El Mizouni’s header.
A point won rather than two lost as was the case with last week’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland and Town remain unbeaten in League One ahead of Tuesday’s home game against AFC Wimbledon.
Peterborough: Pym, Beevers (c), Kent, Eisa (Ward 85), Knight, Maddison (Tasdemir 74), Reed, Toney, Blake-Tracy, Boyd, Mason. Subs: O’Malley, Butler, Dembele, Kanu, Burrows.
Town: Holy, Donacien, Chambers (c), Woolfenden, Kenlock, Skuse, Downes, Rowe (El Mizouni 74), Edwards (Judge 62), Jackson, Norwood. Subs: Norris, Wilson, Judge, Roberts, Dozzell, El Mizouni, Huws. Referee: Martin Coy (Durham). Att: 10,071 (4,014).
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