Corners prove the nightmare

ON a night that celebrates scary ghouls it was horror defending at corners that had hearts in mouth in this thriller.It was also a nightmare for Fabian Wilnis, who was dismissed as Ipswich's disciplinary record reaches scary proportions.

By Derek Davis

ON a night that celebrates scary ghouls it was horror defending at corners that had hearts in mouth in this thriller.

It was also a nightmare for Fabian Wilnis, who was dismissed as Ipswich's disciplinary record reaches scary proportions.

In the end it was a spirited Ipswich that gleefully stole a point after scoring early and then hanging on for dear life for much of the game.


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The match was being promoted as 'Hollowe'en' at the Theatre of Screams and it was certainly a fright night for Argyle in the first minute.

It took just 58 seconds for Sylvain Legwinski to give Ipswich the lead as they worked an excellent corner routine from Matt Richards.

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But from then on it was the Blues who were rattling like a shaky skeleton as the Pilgrims progressed to hammer at the door.

Paul Wotton almost equalised after just three minutes with a trademark thunderous free kick, which crashed against the low part of the crossbar, before levelling things with a header from another badly defended corner.

Both teams adopted the old 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' philosophy and stuck with the sides that brought victories over the weekend.

Mark Noble was on the bench for Town after being suspended for the 5-0 win over Luton, while Argyle striker Barry Hayles, who missed their 1-0 win at Palace, could only start as a substitute.

Hasney Aljofree, back from compassionate leave, was also among the Plymouth substitutes.

It also looks as if Darren Currie has played his last game for Ipswich. After originally being named in the 17 to travel to Plymouth he was then dropped from the party and Chris Casement included instead.

A number of clubs will have been alerted to Currie's predicament and are bound to make their move before the loan window closes on November 13.

The Blues tried a new combination of their away strip by playing in white tops, and used the bottom half of the black, but still couldn't win the fancy dress prize being offered on the night.

Right from the off the game was a thriller and the result made it worthwhile for the 541 Town fans who travelled by car, train and broomstick, to the west country and they even got an extra six minutes of time added on at the end - as if they weren't nervous enough by the end of 90 minutes.

It had all started so well. Doumbe blocked a Walton effort for a corner. Matt Richards delivered with precision and Legwinski met it with a powerful near-post header for his third goal in a row.

The lead almost disappeared as quickly as a bobbing apple when Argyle skipper Wotton hit the crossbar with a 25-yard free kick.

Supple made a fine save from Hungarian international Buzsaky as Town continued to concede free kicks around their own area.

The series of free kicks given away came back to haunt Ipswich midway through the first half when Wotton headed in a Tony Capaldi corner despite Dan Harding's best efforts to clear off the line.

It was only Wotton's second headed goal, the first coming in his very first game and the first goal he ever scored.

Norris tried his luck with an audacious effort from the wing 10 yards down from the half-way line with Supple way off his line but it drifted wide and the Plymouth midfielder almost fired in after a goalmouth scramble.

The Blues swapped Jaime Peters for Gary Roberts at half time and he made a brilliant goal-line headed clearance to deny substitute Barry Hayles while Ebanks-Blake had a goal ruled out for offside.

Wilnis was booked for a foul seven minutes after the break and when he hauled back Hayles the Dutchman was shown another yellow - and, automatically, a red.

Walton's booking in the last minute meant six in total for Town, plus the red, and feelings were running high on the touchline with Ian Horrorway - sorry Holloway - squaring up with Magilton and his staff.

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