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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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cat added 17:06 - Aug 17
Captain Chambers goes from ‘Villain to hero' but I'll take that every day. Good to see some character in fighting til the end. Decent point on the road, but if we are going to challenge then we should be winning these types of games. Missed pen, missed opportunity.

TimmyH added 17:06 - Aug 17
Well got away with that one which we easily could have lost and with all the flack Chambers has been getting of late at least doing something at the other end so well done. Just a little concerned with our attack seemingly only to score from fortuitous breaks...not sure we deserved much more today.

Never felt we'd break that elusive record going back to 1972 as Posh had lost their first 2 games and sometimes it works out like that, well done to an amazing travelling support today would have been really hard on 4000 of you to go back with a loss!

Bluearmy_81 added 17:06 - Aug 17
500k invested in years is not enough. (Last summers spending doesn't count, was a net spend of minus 5-6m.) Will we get the other 2 quality additions in? We need them to go straight back up. If we don't do it at the first time of asking, with our approach it will be much harder in subsequent seasons...

martin587 added 17:06 - Aug 17
Great game for the neutral but my heart is still pounding.Chambers saved the but to be honest I think a draw was a fair result.Shame about the penalty could have been three points but I will take the draw.Long was still to go and things look good as and when everybody is fit and hopefully see a few new faces.Roll on Tuesday night.Happy drive home with plenty to talk about.We the away fans were fantastic once again.Well done everybody.👍

midastouch added 17:08 - Aug 17
Well Capt. Fist Pump dropped us 2 points last week and yet won us 2 points back today so that makes it all square. Only listened on the radio as wanted to watch the cricket at the same time on the box. Not sure of what to make of that!!? Second half sounded quite disjointed at times. Norwood's pen sounded very soft but at least he's off the mark but always disappointing to miss a penalty, yet on his highlights reel he seemed to be very confident from the spot.
Well we're still undefeated in the league so that's something but still feel like there are some rough edges to be ironed out if we're to get promoted. Judge isn't really doing the business yet either. Was hoping for more but still relatively early days but if he doesn't wake up soon then it's going to seem like a long month or so waiting for Garbutt to return to action.
And just want to end by saying, when was the last time we scored from a corner!!!??? Feels like quite some time ago! At last we've managed to convert one! Would of obviously liked all 3 points but if somebody had offered me a point on 90 mins I would of snapped their hand off!
A win on Tue night would be a huge boost now.
And I wouldn't mind seeing Dobra coming into the first team picture now based on his performance in the week.

nathitfc89 added 17:09 - Aug 17
Sometimes people make mistakes in matches, they are human, like us all. Sometimes its costly, sometimes it isn't. that's no reason to get on at our own players. Chambers is making people a lot of humble pie tonight. Well earns point considering being 2-1 going into 90th minute. Onwards and upwards. COYB

thundercat600 added 17:09 - Aug 17
Looks like the FA will have to make the goals bigger as it would seem that the Town players could not hit a barn wall if the were inside it

Bluedandy added 17:09 - Aug 17
".. relatively short trip to Cambridgeshire...".. Peterborough is 93 miles from Ipswich.. hardly round the corner. Great turn out from Blue Army... we will win all remaining games this month and be top by September...

TimmyH added 17:11 - Aug 17
Chambers won us a point @Midas today, not 2 BUT if only!...but by the sounds of it result was about right.

midastouch added 17:15 - Aug 17
Sorry TimmyH I'm multi-tasking here, football, cricket, and horse racing, brain is saturated! Got carried away with the points tally, think because it was a late goal it sort of felt almost as good as a winner! Posh fans will be gutted conceding so late. At least we kept the undefeated record in tact. Still plenty of things to work on training ground on but at least they showed character and managed to grab a point at the end. :-)

Nobbysnuts added 17:18 - Aug 17

KeepCalmAndHateNorwi added 17:19 - Aug 17
@Bluearmy_81 I've never known anyone to be so ignorant of how a business is run. Please chip in with your millions to take over and make us successful again. Enjoy balancing the books, keeping the stadium in good repair, motivating the manager, getting the fans on board, improving the youth set up, dealing with the media, and of course buying all the players we should have bought and paying their wages. All I have to say is GET IN CHAMBO - well done to our captain! A win would've nice of course, but we ain't lost yet! 💙💙💙

Bluearmy_81 added 17:23 - Aug 17
Keep calm, I've never known 'fans' stick up for such a harmful owner ever in my life. It's like parody. Have you heard of Stockholm syndrome?!

Bluearmy_81 added 17:24 - Aug 17
I don't have millions mate, Evans has though, he's just choosing not to spend it on fixing the mess he's created. Yet you're backing him?! Just why?!!!

DifferentGravy added 17:28 - Aug 17
Poor balance to team

At one end...... Cannot keep conceding goals and expect to win. Happened all last season, happening again this season. Got to have a solid foundation to build upon and it simply isnt good enough. A clean sheet guarantees at least a point.

At the other end.......5 goals in four games and only 1 scored by a forward.

Its been said all post season.....all pre season and still being said now.......we need a quality centre back and we need another forward who can score goal


tractorollson added 17:28 - Aug 17
Dont think this will be our only season in league one sadly. Unless ME actually gives PL more money this will be our season just look at Sunderland today, that what we should be doing not struggling to beat a mediocre side. Sad times

DifferentGravy added 17:31 - Aug 17
Yep nice one KeepCalm.......Chambers scores at one end but you ignore the fact he is in the spine(and captain) of a team that concedes (2 goals) again

Tractorboy1985 added 17:32 - Aug 17
GUTLESS!!! PATHETIC!!! CLUELESS!!! As much as I hate him that is not Evans fault! Although fullbacks both need replacing.. non league standard.. this today was not his fault.. Stand up Mr LAMBERT.. tactically woeful! We need a centre midfielder who can pick the killer pass.. he took off Rowe who always looked half lively rather than thee embarrassing Jackson... he is utter pony!! Headless chicken! As for judge.. clearly doesn't care! Club stinks from top to bottom!! All those fans and they put in 2 performances like that! Cheesed off!

ShropshireBluenago09 added 17:32 - Aug 17
Good point and unbeaten. Real shame Norwood couldn't finish the pen. As much as I think he will do really well for us, we definitely need another striker and not just a back up.
Well done Luke Chambers.

delias_cheesy_flaps added 17:32 - Aug 17
A welcome but fortunate point, positives...Norwood scoring his 1st goal in anger, Jacksons display again good but no reward.

The service to the front pair is non-league standard, slow, inaccurate and lacking quality, this needs attending to urgently.

Having watched Donacien and Kenlock I can see why PL invested in a full back, he certainly has to be an improvement on what we currently have.

DifferentGravy added 17:33 - Aug 17
nath1tfc89 - Have a day off. He scored a goal, great......but hes employed to keep the goals out at the other end of the pitch. Have a look at how many games he plays in and we concede.....and concede 2 goals+...........

Tractor_Boy_in_HK added 17:46 - Aug 17
We need a left back. I don't care if it's a loan - Kenlock isn't the future and shouldn't be the present.

jas0999 added 17:48 - Aug 17
5 points out of a possible 9 and well beaten in the cup is an above average start to the season. No more than that. Still plenty to be concerned about. Defence still looks weak, whilst can't deny that PL is right to want a striker and winger. Deserved to win last week, probably deserved nothing this. That's football!

We really do need to get out of the habit of drawing and losing football matches. Eighteen months of not winning many. Need that winning mentality back. Too often last season we led but threw it away. Let's hope we start a run of wins soon.

Suffolkboy added 17:50 - Aug 17
Congratulations to ITFC fans who went in support , great effort ,
Sadly ,from written reports, either inability , lack of technique or mental frailty sees us STILL unable to take chances Or get the ball in the net !
What gives, Mr Lambert , goals win games ,get us points and enthuse everybody .' Panic ‘, rotten application ,lack of skill or talent might be a challenge ,but theses are well paid employees who ought to demonstrate greater threat ,for it does feel .all the while, as if actually scoring is by way of a gift ,accident or something out of the blue ; why is this ,for it seems we now create chances but also do not have the clinical decision making to ensure they count,
Very disappointing ,but let's stay positive and hope for better all round ( it must however be a bit disheartening for the defenders !– let alone supporters !)

shouldistayorcounago added 17:50 - Aug 17
Slow and steady, gutted that we missed a penalty after waiting so bloody long to get one but hey ho, it happens. Lots of room for improvement but 5 points from 9 (although it should be more) against 3 decent teams is a good start by any standard. One things for sure, if we don't get beat we won't go far wrong. The best is yet to come COYB

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