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Peterborough United 2 v 2 Ipswich Town
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Saturday, 17th August 2019 Kick-off 15:00
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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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

AK74 added 17:50 - Aug 17
Fair result today. Solid start to the campaign given that we have played 3 of the better teams in the league. Full-backs are a real concern though. We've got Vincent -Young to come in at right back but I think we need a left back as well. Peterborough's left back Blake-Tracy looked a class above Kenlock and he was playing for Lowestoft a couple of years ago! Do we not have any scouts anymore?

midastouch added 17:52 - Aug 17
How did Edwards look today anybody? He looked like the Suffolk Ronaldo briefly at the start of last season but he does seem a bit injury prone and inconsistent, as some of the Posh fans warned us. But when he's in the mood he's an exciting player to watch.

TimmyH added 17:54 - Aug 17
@tractorollson - agree with your post but not the bit about Sunderland, I thought they looked distinctively average as did Portsmouth. At the end of the day the 2 most consistent teams are going to get automatically promoted and that won't largely mean seeing quality flowing football but teams that are generally well organised and have the ability to scrape draws and wins when not playing that well...don't forget there's less quality in the 3rd tier of English football.

osborne1nil added 18:05 - Aug 17
Another awful performance by Myles Kenlock. Amazed he is picked each week but sadly lack of competition in that position. Shame as we have had some great left backs over the years including relatively recent players in Cresswell and Mings, but MK is the worst I can recall in many years of watching Town. He is better going forward than he is defending, where he fails to mark his man and is sadly shown lacking week in week out and is slow too. Hoping PL can find someone to slot into that position.

Carrotblue added 18:09 - Aug 17
Just not good enough
Need a goalie two full backs a centre back and a forward if we want to go up
Was at the game chambers may have scored but he was at fault for Peterborough 2nd goal every game he costs us a goal

runningout added 18:12 - Aug 17
We didn’t go for the throat at 1 nil. Dobra is our star and don’t believe he can’t play every game. We were lucky today to get a point. With at least 2 more new faces that can create and give Norwood a hand (although Jackson did well, but they’re not a partnership yet) we will go places. Plus working in Lincoln I know there is decent competition there

Skip73 added 18:28 - Aug 17
ITFCSince73 is quiet tonight!

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 18:36 - Aug 17
Hard-fought point, and probably a fair result. We are not quite as good so far as I had hoped we would be (or thought we were), but PL has a habit of grinding out results, so my glass is still half full, but only just.
Great support, which I hope will continue, even if things don't develop as quickly as we all want. We need a couple of players in. (Where have I heard that before?) To be honest, our attack doesn't threaten that much and our defence always seems to have a mistake waiting to happen. We are going much more direct now, which is ok up to a point, but I would like to see us play a bit more football in the middle, something we only do in short patches at the moment. Still early days ... COYB!

ITFCsince73 added 18:43 - Aug 17
10th in L1.
Our lowest league position in 60 odd years.
Keep up the good work Chambo.

MonterreyBlue added 18:44 - Aug 17
Just got back from the game as i live just outside Peterborough.

Reality is we were really poor. Dont remember any real passages of play with the ball on the deck, generally just hoofed down the channels and hoping for the best. For the league we are in, our team is good enough to go up (imo) but we surely have to try and outplay teams, outclass them and today there was no sign of that, no coherancy, no rythm, no patience and no real game plan.

The positives:
- Our support is absolutely amazing, took over the whole of Peterboro.
- Downes was class.
- Skuse was class.
- We got a point when not at our best.
- Woolfeden will be a mainstay Ipswich CB for the next 10 years hopefully.
- We didnt lose.

The negatives:

- Both full backs were poor. Miles had a mare tbf to the lad.
- Need to find composure and patience, get the ball on the floor and play thru teams, way too much long ball huff and puff.

Incredible support. If Peterboro and Sunderland are supposed to be “up there” then we have every chance. On to the next one COYBs

Surco72 added 18:46 - Aug 17
Dress it up anyway you want 1 win in 4 games following on from last season simply isn't good enough at this level . Squad does not have enough quality , depth or fire power. Get Murph back

Dissboyitfc added 18:47 - Aug 17
midas he cost us 2 points last week and retrieved one point back today.

I was thinking today had a draw all over it, so not too disappointed with the final score in the end.

The same problems still exist as last season, conceding too many and not scoring enough! but no surprise really as we havent invested or signed enough players.

Oh well on to Tuesday, hopefully 3 points and on Saturday too!

ITFCsince73 added 18:47 - Aug 17
Carrotblue. Agree, may of scored. But yet again a average at best performance from Chambo.
This needs to change sooner rather than later.
We need the team captain to be on it, in every game.
If promotion is to be achieved anyway.

warktheline added 18:53 - Aug 17
A last gasp equaliser from Captain Calamity keeps the happy clappers smiling, but for how much longer? Inadequacy is already apparent in Lambert’s team playing mediocrity in division 1! Over time the Trojan Horse has stripped and decimated the quality of players pulling on the blue shirt! Of course I wouldn’t expect the majority on this forum capable of expanding their minds over the course of his ownership, for if they did, today’s performance would be utterly inconceivable! Chained and pacified by the Trojan Horse! Extremely sad times, and more of the same to come, all be it, at quite possibly a lower level of football! Enjoy the point!!!!

MurcianITCC added 18:55 - Aug 17
The fool is always the fool, at least our owner isn't Steve Dale. Last years spend doesn't count 🙄. Ipswich have never spent big, even Sir Bobby.
Really happy for Chambers to be a hero this week.

midastouch added 18:59 - Aug 17
@dissboyitfc, yeah was having a mad moment, TimmyH pulled me up on that and responded a bit further down.

ITFCsince73 added 19:01 - Aug 17
Murcian. He scored a goal, but in general was poor....again.

Sindre94 added 19:12 - Aug 17
Poor display, but yet again we grind out points when performance level is beyond what we all demand. Something to build on, and I think we all would take 5 points from the first 3 games against promotion chasing opposition (whereas 2/3 were away). Lets just all calm down, stay positive while its obvious that things need to improve - and Im sure it will.

Would invest in a new LB as well. Not sure about Kenlock carrying all the responsibility by him self. And as Ive said before; 4-4-2 leaves us exposed in midfield against decent sides. I would return to 4-2-3-1 on tuesday and give Judgey a real chance. If he doesnt deliver he will be benched, and I think he could thrive under that type of pressure. Need more coming from our wingers as well. Rowe shows sparks, but not consistent enough and Edwards is too sloppy and clearly not match fit. But we’ve come through 3 hard games with a decent tally, so three wins out of the next three would put us in a good position - against really winnable teams too.

COYB - and lets remain positive.

Umros added 19:14 - Aug 17
Just back with my 11 year old who had to witness brainless adults acting like 5 year olds fighting amongst themselves, our own ‘so called’ supporters because 2-1 down and didn’t like each other’s comments ...... Pathetic and an Embarrassment to the club. On the pitch good escape but really 2-2 after a penalty scored would have seen momentum towards us for last 20.

Bluearmy_81 added 19:15 - Aug 17
Murcian. Let me explain, as it seems like you need some special help to understand; we only spent the funds we did last summer following sales of around 12m. Had we not sold those players there would have been no spending. We made 12m selling our best players (didn't want to be here, who can blame them, they didn't want to play for a club with little ambition.) We then spent about 6m of those funds. If you think that equals Evans spending in the true sense of the world... OK!! 🙄😂🙄

londontractorboy57 added 19:37 - Aug 17
Defend the point and you will win enough games and your in the mix roll on AFC Wimbledon
3pts for sure.

ITFCsince73 added 19:47 - Aug 17
Put ourselves under massive pressure to win v AFC.
We shouldn’t find ourselves in this position.
Sunderland and Posh, both there for the taking.
4 points lost.
Today looks an ok start to the season.
Anything other than a comfortable win midweek, makes the start to the season poor.
We go into the game midweek hoping to score more than concede.

stevieiriswattii added 20:02 - Aug 17
Although a bang average performance, there were some positives. Fantastic away support, Woolfenden looks quality, there is a potential of a good partnership up front (if given decent service), some good keeping from Holy (plus less punching of the ball), Idris El-M had some decent touches when he came on and looks exciting.
The negatives, both full backs look exceptionally nervous with the ball, Peterborough have two tall centre backs and yet we persisted in high balls to Norwood and Jackson, giving them most of the time poor service, the midfield was disappointingly non-existent, as was any neat passing and unfortunately another bad error from Chambers (yes, he scores, but our captain and most experienced player can't keep making those mistakes).
In the end a good point, so roll on AFC Wimbledon.

aloanagain added 20:16 - Aug 17
Get ready Myles your in the fireing line this week, thought Luke had got away with it but some of the later posts cheered me up. Let's get a winning run together, we badly need it to get everyone on side again. Support the team. Welcome Kane Vincent‐ Young. Hope you start off well.

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