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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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Skip73 added 20:18 - Aug 17
Please, for Gods sake, sign new Left back. Kenlock is utterly awful and lucky to stay on the pitch.

Saxonblue74 added 20:26 - Aug 17
Listened on Radio Suffolk today and by all accounts we were up against a decent side in Peterborough, consensus being they were far better than Sunderland last week. You can look at it either way, glass half full or glass half empty. For me 5 points from 9 against some of the better opposition we'll face this season is a decent start.

rugbytomc added 20:29 - Aug 17
I agree with Steve above. Have read all the comments and you’re the first one to question why we kept booting the ball up to our strikers despite the centre backs towering over them and nodding it away all day.
I fee there were actually plenty of negatives today. And they’ve all been mentioned. But here’s a dose of reality. We are an inexperienced team (holy, donacien, Woolfenden, Rowe, Jackson, Norwood -that’s 6 starters today who didn’t play at the end of last season if at all). Chambers is playing alongside an inexperienced centre back, a young left back with little more experience and a right back we should never have signed. So cut the man some slack if he can’t cover and manage everything. Also-unlike a few years ago, until big holy went up for the corner we seem to lack the height to be a threat at set pieces-a shame as we win so many!
I can see why Rowe never played, he’s too lazy to chase back. Feel sorry for Kenlock as yes he had a bad game but no support in front.
Not sure why huws or dozzell didn’t come off the bench when we were crying out for a player like that. Downes and Skuse have their strengths but for neither of them is it picking a pass, controlling the tempo or timing a run to the edge of the box (or shooting-head over the ball young Flynn!)

I don’t care how the results come as I think a few wins and draws will help repair our shattered confidence and maybe we’ll then play better.

ITFCsince73 added 20:34 - Aug 17
Saxon. Posh had played 3, lost 3 before today.
These type games need to be won, if promotion is to be achieved.

Saxonblue74 added 20:36 - Aug 17
Umros, I'm not surprised by your post I'm afraid. Whilst we have the likes of bluearmy 81 questioning the intelligence of any poster who dares to disagree with him on "his" stage then people are going to get upset! Thankfully most people act with more maturity.

MurcianITCC added 20:37 - Aug 17
81,you're a patronizing and ignorant fool. Period.

Saxonblue74 added 20:38 - Aug 17
73, like I said I didn't see the game today. Trusting the judgement of Brenner Wooly and Mick Mills who never seem far off the mark in my opinion.

MurcianITCC added 20:41 - Aug 17
73, I didn't make it today so I'll take your word. I thought apart from the (stupid) mistake last weekend he did ok.

ITFCsince73 added 20:43 - Aug 17
Murcian. Agree.

ITFCsince73 added 20:49 - Aug 17
Saxon. You don’t need radio Suffolk, to confirm the facts.
Posh had played 3 and lost 3.
We needed a win to go in the top 3.
We didn’t, and now sit 10th on the strength of that.

Bluearmy_81 added 20:51 - Aug 17
Murcian, for me to be bothered by your opinion I would first have to value it! 😂 You gave me the eyes 🙄 when I dared to suggest that Evans spending last summer couldn't exactly be counted as 'investment' in the true sense of the word. I hope I helped you understand the reality of the situation? It's unfortunate it was necessary but you were the one who gave me the 🙄 when, my friend, the 🙄 were all yours!

Bluearmy_81 added 20:54 - Aug 17
To win outright, Sunderland now 4-1, Pompey 5-1, Town 8-1

Dolphinblue added 20:56 - Aug 17
Captain Marvel scores a brilliant goal to save the day! Great day out! Great start to the season! Coyb! 🐬❤😃😀

ITFCsince73 added 21:00 - Aug 17
81. Lincoln hot on the heels of everyone.
And Blackpool now with a decent owner, coming up on the outside.

runaround added 21:00 - Aug 17
The up & downs of football! A week ago we draw a game we should have won with Chambers at fault, then today we draw a game we should have lost with Chambers the hero!
Considering the bad run Posh have been in I was hopeful of 3 points but Posh are one of the better teams in this league so a point there shouldn’t be sniffed at whilst 5 points from 3 very hard opening matches is a reasonable start. The next few fixtures are on paper at least a lot easier so now is when we really need to push on

planetblue_2011 added 21:01 - Aug 17
Great point in the end & well done Chambers for the last gasp goal.
Only listened to it on the radio & I was so frustrated really thought we lost it so didn’t listen to last 5 mins of game. Couldn’t believe it when 2-2 come up on final score & Chambers had scored. Will def see it out next time & don’t give up on the tractor boys.
Just so happy for the fans going home with something to smile about because we were fantastic on the radio. Well done fans👍 & COYB⚽️

Saxonblue74 added 21:03 - Aug 17
73, football is not always as black and white as the stats suggest. 10th in mid season would be a concern, but 3 games in? What, in your opinion, would be a reasonable return from the first 3 games? Bearing in mind 2 were away and all 3 against some of the stronger opposition we're likely to face?

Tractorboy1985 added 21:09 - Aug 17
Let the happy clappy fans support our abysmal kids who ain’t up to it!! Mick play them blah blah blah... the reason he didn’t play them is because they are sh1te! Myles Kenlock is national league at best! Runs at 10 to 2! Can’t pass.. can’t tackle... looks like he couldn’t give a F!! Spend some money Evans you fraud!!!

Bluearmy_81 added 21:11 - Aug 17
Saxon, I would say 10th in 4-5 weeks time would be a concern, much less mid season. Nevertheless, your point is astute and valid.

ITFCsince73 added 21:19 - Aug 17
Saxon. Should have been 3 points v Sunderland.
And 3 points today.
That’s not me expecting to much....
The 1st half v Sunderland was the best performance from a town team for as long as I can remember.
Today the 1st 25 mins fantastic.
Both games should have been won over those two periods.
And it’s the lack of taking advantage of those situations which will be the difference.
Sunderland had taken a lot of stick for their opening game, starting against us poorly.
Posh had lost their opening 3 games and we started well on top.
It was a good time to have played 2 of the better teams in L1.
But haven’t taken advantage.

Blue56 added 21:34 - Aug 17
Chambers haters fairly quiet and usual bile from Bluearmy_81, how close do we have to go for you to see a game Bluearmy_81, your back garden? By the way did you go to the final in 81, I did? How many ITFC games have you actually been to?

thechangingman added 21:41 - Aug 17
Okay. So, I am a bit drunk now, but it was a very entertaining match.

Kenlock was beyond AWFUL, and we really lacked a cutting edge up front.

When we tried to play football, however, we looked better.

The fans were uttely AMAZING!! The most impressive away-showing I've EVER seen. VERY loud and passionate, and to be fair, deserving of a far better performance from our team.

I was thrilled to see Norwood bag his first, no doubt of MANY for Town, then sad to see him miss the pen. It happens...

Overall, a pretty poor showing from us, but still a crucial away point, which we may be very grateful of, come the end of the season...

Did I mention how bad Kenlock was??? Can a player be LESS then one-dimensional????

Anyway, ITID, and hopefully we'll travel onwards and upwards from here, so that our League One/Two team, can match our PREMIERSHIP fans...


Saxonblue74 added 22:24 - Aug 17
73, not disagreeing with you but hindsight is a wonderful thing. Personally I would have considered taking 5 from 9 if offered before KO against Burton. Something to build on and feel confident we'll do so.

Saxonblue74 added 22:27 - Aug 17
Blue56, interested to hear your take on things as you disagree with both myself and 73?!

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 22:33 - Aug 17
Bluearmy and ITFCSINCE73 are you really quoting odds and looking at the table after THREE games !!!
It means nothing yet , absolutely nothing. And five points out of nine us far better than some of you were quoting a few days ago .

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