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Match Report: Ipswich Town 3-2 Peterborough United (Ipswich Fan's Perspective)

Tuesday 20th March 2012
Aaron Cresswell's late deflected strike gave Ipswich all three points against Peterborough.

Grant Leadbitter fired Town into an early lead but Tyrone Barnett cancelled this out in the 34th minute. Darryl Murphy headed Ipswich back in front 13 minutes from time before Posh substitute Emile Sinclair ghosted through the Ipswich defence to level proceedings in the 83rd minute. Ipswich had the last laugh though as Cresswell unleashed a left-footed strike that deflected in off the unfortunate Gabriel Zakuani.

With both sides known for their attacking threat and leaky defences, this game was never going to be 0-0. Prior to kick-off, Peterborough had gone on a run of 122 games without being involved in a goalless draw. Ironically, the last time Posh fans saw this scoreline was against Ipswich in December 2009. Before the fixture, Ipswich (119) and Peterborough (111) combined had seen 230 goals in their 35 league fixtures this season.

Town, despite being the third highest scorers in the league, also had the leakiest defence, which were both clear to see within the opening minutes.

Michael Chopra ought to have done better than head straight at Paul Jones after just two minutes, while down the other end Barnett, a former Ipswich target, steered wide after nipping between sleeping centre-backs Damien Delaney and Tommy Smith. Tommy Rowe then missed another gilt-edged chance for the visitors after 13 minutes as he somehow failed to connect with Paul Taylor's cross when unmarked and only four yards from goal.

A goal was coming and two minutes later, it did. Leadbitter volleyed home after Peterborough failed to sufficiently clear a corner which came about after Jones impressively denied Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

Ipswich, clearly looking to avenge their humiliating 7-1 defeat in the reverse fixture, were then denied a penalty as Lee Martin appeared to be fouled in the box.

The game surprisingly calmed down for a period of 12 minutes before another goal followed in the 34th minute. Barnett made up for his earlier miss as he bundled past Alex McCarthy in the absence of the Ipswich defence.

Like a jack-in-a-box the game sprung back into action, with McCarthy forced into two smart saves from Taylor and Lee Frecklington. It just wasn't the usually reliable Chopra's day in front of goal as he narrowly headed wide from six yards following Murphy's superb flick-on. The first-half action wasn't quite finished there, with Barnett heading wide in injury time when he really should have at least hit the target.

Peterborough must have wondered how they weren't winning at the interval; they missed some really big opportunities and would later be made to pay for them.

The ever-impressive George Boyd saw his effort well saved by McCarthy in the 50th minute as the second-half promised to be as open as the first. Chopra then blazed over again in the 67th minute after neat approach work from Martin and Carlos Edwards. Six minutes later and Chopra looked to the skies as he saw his shot come back off the crossbar.

Ipswich were now on top and soon saw their dominance pay off, as Murphy nodded home in the 77th minute after Jones had kept out Delaney's header.

But Peterborough weren't finished there, as substitute Sinclair again found the gaping hole in the Ipswich defence to slide home seven minutes from time.

Town threw caution to the wind and the saying ‘you can't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket' perfectly fits the bill for their winner two minutes later. There looked to be little on when ex-Tranmere full-back Cresswell picked the ball up 25 yards from goal, but his speculative effort took a wicked deflection of Zakuani, before wrongfooting Jones and going into the back of the net.

As expected, Posh probed for an equaliser but despite a few shaky and nervy moments, Ipswich held on to claim three points in a thoroughly entertaining game of football.

That is now just one defeat in nine for the Blues, further easing them into mid-table security. The outcome of the match could have been so different for Peterborough if they'd have finished their chances. As it is, they are now down to 18th position in the league, looking over their shoulder nervously at the teams below them.
Will Ridgard

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