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Match Report: Southampton 1-1 Ipswich Town (Ipswich Fan's Perspective)

Saturday 10th March 2012
Jason Scotland came off the bench to a rescue a point for Ipswich at table topping Southampton.

Although expectantly on the back foot for the majority of the game, Town showed incredible character to leave St Marys with a point after Rickie Lambert gave the Saints the lead in the 74th minute.

And it was Scotland, linked with a move away from Portman Road throughout the season, who struck in the 85th minute that sent the vocal 901 visiting supporters' home happy.

Southampton's position at the top of the table was quickly there to see as dangerman Lambert twice went close but not close enough from ex-Blue Dan Harding's early corners.

Down the other end Jay-Emmanuel Thomas had Kelvin Davis, another ex-Ipswich player, at full-stretch as he let fly from 25 yards with that cannon of a left foot.

Saints then beautifully carved open the Ipswich defence with a fine team move but Adam Lallana couldn't steer past the on-rushing Alex McCarthy. The table toppers, who thrashed Ipswich 5-2 back in August, then had another golden opportunity but Guly do Prado wastefully headed over.

It was mostly one-way traffic in the first half but there was no apparent way past an Ipswich backline, who aside from the recent Brighton game have significantly become less generous to the opposition of late.

Lallana and Lambert both went close again just before half-time but McCarthy was equal to both efforts.

The Tractor Boys began the second half in quick fashion and could have taken a surprise lead, Davis again proving his worth as he reacted superbly to keep out Michael Chopra's powerful header.

In the 57th minute, Do Prado continued to frustrate the home supporters as he lashed an effort wide with only McCarthy to beat. However, Saints and their fans' perseverance paid off when Rickie Lambert smashed in substitute Steve De Ridder's 74th minute pull-back. It was Lambert's 21st league goal of the season and his 25th in all competitions.

Prior to kick-off the home side hadn't lost in seven league games, keeping five clean sheets and conceding just two goals in this run. However, Ipswich are on a good run of form themselves, winning five of their last six league matches, and superbly found the character to come back and equalise.

There looked to be little on when super-sub Scotland latched onto Carlos Edwards' long ball, but the Trinidad and Tobago striker danced his way past a couple of defenders before beating Davis with a deflected effort from the edge of the box. It was nothing more than the striker deserved after patiently biding his time on the substitutes bench recently and his wide smile said it all.

Town held onto a fully deserved point after proving a stern test for the League leaders to get past. In fact, Ipswich could have stolen it right at the end but Emmanuel-Thomas was just off target with another one of his thunderbolts.
Will Ridgard

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