Good work is undone

IT only takes a second to score a goal, but when it comes at the very end of the match it is even more of a sickener.Sylvain Legwinski let Chris McCann stroll into the area to nod in an Alan Mahon cross after he took a quick short corner from Michael Duff and 90 minutes of good work from Ipswich was undone in a blink of an eye.

By Derek Davis

IT only takes a second to score a goal, but when it comes at the very end of the match it is even more of a sickener.

Sylvain Legwinski let Chris McCann stroll into the area to nod in an Alan Mahon cross after he took a quick short corner from Michael Duff and 90 minutes of good work from Ipswich was undone in a blink of an eye.

So instead of collecting their fifth point in a gruelling week, the Blues went home from Turf Moor empty-handed.


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In truth a four-point haul from the three games is not bad, certainly that would have been acceptable the night before the Luton game. While Town were perhaps as little fortunate to come away from Plymouth with a point, they were a tad unfortunate to leave Turf Moor with nothing.

That said they only have themselves to blame because a second goalless draw of the season looked achieved before a lapse of concentration in time added on proved costly. It was hard on Town, especially Richard Naylor and Jason De Vos who were pillars of strength in the heart of the defence.

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There was seven a moment when the Blues thought they had won it only for a raised linesman's flag to deflate the 1,000 hardy Town supporting souls.

It was even more galling when it could easily have been Town taking all three points as Gary Roberts almost marked his full debut with a goal.

The on loan attacker from Accrington Stanley, a mere five miles from Burnley, sprinted clear and drove an angled ball into the net only for an offside flag to be raised.

It was contentious and the biggest clue that he was indeed onside came from the centre half who was hovering around the six-yard box and instead of appealing when the ball went in, hung his head in despair.

Roberts was making his first start for the Blues as he stepped in fro the injured Billy Clarke who picked up a knee injury at Plymouth.

He was deployed wide right while Alan Lee took on the difficult challenge of being the lone striker up front. Town's top scorer tried his luck with a shot on the turn just before half time and

Legwinksi sat in front of the back four to disrupt the prolific Andy Gray and Gifton Noel Williams who were then expertly dealt with by the towering presence of Jason de Vos and Richard Naylor.

For the most part the back line looked solid and well organised, stepping up in time to catch Burnley offside and when they threatened to break the barriers, players through bodies in the way to block long shots.

Town bossed the early stages but too often possession was lost cheaply through poor passing. Burnley weren't much better as Town intercepted stray balls from the Clarets' midfield.

Former Burnley striker Lee caused some problems and Micah Hyde earned his first of two bookings when he tripped the forward steaming through the middle.

Hyde went after another trip, this time in the third minute of time added on but the Blues wasted the free kick that could have been a deserved equaliser. Players often struggled for balance on a slippery pitch and Dan Harding changed his boots midway through the first half. Lat may have led to some of the tackles being mistimed although Alex Bruce was unfortunate to be booked when he made a crunching challenge where he clearly won the ball.

His ninth booking of the season was almost followed by a tenth and sending off as he made a couple of rash tackles and Jim Magilton responded by replacing him with Sito Castro. The referee had been changed as Leicester official Paul Robinson was injured and Phil Joslin from neighbouring county Nottinghamshire replaced him.

He threatened to lose control a couple of times in a niggly match with Frank Sinclair unhappy with Legwinski when James O'Connor was booked and then getting involved in a push and shove match with Naylor.

The veteran defender, who was playing his 282nd league match for Town, pushing him above Simon Milton to 18th in the all time list of appearances, was outstanding and none more so when Gray lobbed Supple, but Naylor was back to head clear over the bar. Town were almost breached when Gray got on again and flicked on for Steve Jones who drove across goal and inches wide.

But on the whole Town defended well against a side third in the table and deserved to get a point. It was not to be and the Blues' up and down season continues.

Before the game John McGreal told the EADT that his knee injury is not as serious as first diagnosed and now he aims to be back within a fortnight rather than the initial six weeks expected.

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