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Peterborough United 1-1 Ipswich Town - Half-Time
Tuesday, 9th Feb 2021 20:04

James Norwood gave Town a sixth-minute lead but Jonson Clarke-Harris netted a 38th minute equaliser to leave the Blues’ game at Peterborough 1-1 at half-time.

Skipper Chambers came in at right-back for Luke Matheson, who dropped to the bench, while Ward was back on the left with Myles Kenlock among the subs.

Bishop returned at the top of a narrow midfield diamond with Norwood joining Troy Parrott up front, Town eschewing their usual 4-3-3/4-2-3-1 system presumably due to the tricky London Road pitch.

Former Posh wideman Gwion Edwards and Freddie Sears were also on the bench, while Luke Thomas was missing from the 18.

Peterborough were without star attacker Siriki Dembele with Mo Eisa coming into an otherwise unchanged side.

Despite being cold, there was little sign of snow in the Peterborough area but with the pitch muddy and short on grass.

After both teams and the officials took a knee in support of Black Lives Matter, Joe Ward hit a powerful fifth-minute shot which Tomas Holy claimed confidently.

A minute later, the Blues, wearing their burgundy and blue third strip, went in front. Holy kicked long - in line with the Blues’ early approach on the Sunday morning pitch - and Frankie Kent and Posh skipper Mark Beevers had got in one another’s way as they tried to head clear on the edge of the box.

Bishop reacted quickly and deftly played a pass to the left of the box for Norwood, who hit a low shot which beat keeper Christy Pym at his near post.

On 14 Downes, playing in the holding role with Dozzell ahead of him to his left and Judge to the right, was booked for what looked a solid ball-winning challenge on Dan Butler on halfway with the Posh players appealing that it should have been a red card. While the Blues midfielder won the ball, some referees may well have deemed it an out-of-control tackle.

There was a scare for Town in the 22nd minute when a ball in from the right deflected over Holy. However, the keeper moved quickly to get himself in the way as Eisa shot at goal from eight yards.

In the 28th minute, with Peterborough trying to play football despite the surface and the Blues more direct and looking to counter, Eisa cut in from the left and hit a shot into Holy’s arms.

Just before the half hour, Holy missed his punch from a corner but somehow managed to bundle it behind for another flag-kick before it dropped for a Posh player.

Norwood needed treatment for a knock on 32 soon after fouling Ward in the centre circle as Town looked to break following a Posh corner having left three players up spread widely along the halfway line at the flag-kick, as they had against Blackpool at the weekend.

Eisa shot over from the edge of the area in the 36th minute and three minutes Posh levelled.

Butler crossed from the left with Judge unable to cut it out with Chambers chasing back from being involved further up the field, and Jonson Clarke-Harris rose between Ward and Mark McGuinness to nod back across Holy and into the corner of the net, the striker’s 17th goal in all competitions this season.

In injury time Downes was spoken to by referee Ben Toner for speaking out of turn after a decision had gone against Dozzell having been booked for his earlier challenge.

Soon afterwards, Toner’s whistle ended a half which had started perfectly for the Blues with Norwood’s well-taken goal.

However, Town had failed to threaten after that with Peterborough able to pass the ball around despite the pitch and use the wide areas left open by the Blues’ narrow system.

The Peterborough goal was well-deserved when it came, although looked one the Blues will see as having been preventable.

Peterborough: Pym, Butler, Thompson, Beevers (c), Kent, Eisa, Taylor, Clarke-Harris, Brown, Szmodics, Ward. Subs: Gyollai, Burrows, Jones, Blake-Tracy, Kanu, Hamilton, Mason.

Town: Holy, Chambers (c), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward, Dozzell, Downes, Bishop, Judge, Parrott, Norwood. Subs: Cornell, Kenlock, Matheson, Harrop, Edwards, Sears, Drinan. Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire).


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itfcserbia added 20:15 - Feb 9
So let me try to understand this - when we play wide we employ athletic full backs, but when we play narrow we employ 35 year old full backs.
Lambert you genius
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gixxeral added 20:15 - Feb 9
That’s the worst I think I have ever seen of an Ipswich side and that’s saying something after the last 20 years.
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Dockerblue added 20:16 - Feb 9
Business as usual, 2-1. Lambert out!
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Texastom added 20:24 - Feb 9
The reason we are 2-1 down is all down to Lambert and purely him. Playing slow paced thinking and slow old players against a paced youth Peterborough. It really is incredible to try and understand why he changed the side that finally put in a performance of the season on Saturday. He should get slated and asked searching questions on his decisions.

LAMBERT INCOMPETENCE STRIKES AGAIN
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herfie added 20:32 - Feb 9
Oh dear, against an even half decent side - which P’boro are - we’re dismal. Started well, then lost focus and confidence. Conceding too many free kicks, finding it hard to get any meaningful possession, even harder to do anything when we do.

Thing is, we probably do have the players with the ability and quality to do so much better. Lambert just cannot unlock that potential. Time for a change - no brainer, really.
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jonju11 added 20:36 - Feb 9
Bishop too lightweight. As for Holy he is a walking nightmare. Would have hauled him off @ half time.
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aas1010 added 20:58 - Feb 9
Axeman cometh 🪓🪓
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Upthetown1970 added 21:00 - Feb 9
Wonder if we can get some loans in haha. Shameful performance again.
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dangerous30 added 21:08 - Feb 9
Shocking display and team selection the one bonus if we don’t get promoted is we can off load the crap.
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Billericay12 added 21:12 - Feb 9
The most lacklustre uninspiring display so far this season. Complete lack of desire. I was ok with going long on that pitch but you have to fight for the 2nd ball and we were second all the time. Too many fouls given away. Not been a massive Kenlock fan but he has done ok in last 2 games and deserved to keep his place along with Matheson. This season will be over for us very soon if we don’t go on a winning run and I can’t see where that is coming from
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muhrenmagic added 21:16 - Feb 9
Lambert drops 4 players please Marcus Evans drop Lambert and Taylor . Mr Lambert quote “we are still in with a chance for automatic promotion “ really, really, really!!!
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Westy added 15:20 - Feb 10
You just have to look at the match statistics to know this is nonsense. We were outplayed, out fought, out thought and out of our league.
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