Heartache as Town bow out of cup

Peterborough United 2 Ipswich Town 2(after extra time: Peterborough won 4-2 on penalties)NORWICH City fan Mark Tyler proved to be the Blues nemesis after a man of the match display to help his Peterborough side dump Ipswich out of the Carling Cup Although they battled, the Blues could never get totally on top of the Posh and 29-year-old Tyler.

By Derek Davis

Peterborough United 2 Ipswich Town 2

(after extra time: Peterborough won 4-2 on penalties)

NORWICH City fan Mark Tyler proved to be the Blues nemesis after a man of the match display to help his Peterborough side dump Ipswich out of the Carling Cup


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Although they battled, the Blues could never get totally on top of the Posh and 29-year-old Tyler.

The Canaries-loving keeper made a brilliant double save to deny Jason de Vos and Dean Bowditch in extra time and moments later, Guy Branston headed in to put Peterborough in front again.

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Clarke then reacted sharply to pounce for his first senior goal as the game went into penalties.

Tyler was playing his 421st game for the Posh, making him the club's second-longest appearance maker, so it was a double celebration for United's Man of the Match.

Earlier, Trevor Benjamin put Peterborough ahead just before the break with a penalty but De Vos equalised, a minute before the 90, although the referee then added seven minutes of stoppage time.

This was the Blues' 150th game in this competition and the 1,200 Town fans who made up a quarter of the attendance deserved better, especially in a ragged and rugged first half. Ipswich reshuffled from Saturday after losing Gavin Williams and Alan Lee to injury and the two loanees, Mark Noble and Simon Walton, were refused permission to play by West Ham and Charlton respectively. But Posh had the luxury of staying unchanged from the side that beat Macclesfield and put them second in League Two.

The much-travelled Benjamin, who has had three spells at Leicester and stints at clubs including Norwich, Southend, Cambridge, Coventry and Swindon, scored twice in Saturday's win.

The way Peterborough and Ipswich are going they could well be meeting again in League One next season, although there is still a long way to go in this campaign.

Shane Supple hurt a hand in training so Town were without a keeper on the bench.

United's 5-2-3 had Town thinking but the Blues were also exploiting the three central defenders by getting behind the wing-backs with pace and some clever movement.

Dean Bowditch was full of positive running and one determined surge into the area deserved more but his shot was blocked for corner.

Alex Bruce ventured forward to pick up a Nicky Forster pass and shoot on sight from 25 yards but it was comfortable for the keeper.

Forster went off five minutes before the break and 21-year-old former Newcastle United winger Martin Brittain got his Blues debut.

Haynes went up front with Bowditch and the swift forward collected a long ball and turned smartly to shoot from 18 yards but Tyler stood firm and blockedit.

It proved a costly miss as Peterborough stormed upfield and The Posh exploited Town's soft underbelly by direct means and Naylor hauled down Benjamin.

Naylor had earlier got away with a clever push on Benjamin when the referee waved away United appeals but he was not so lucky this time. The veteran striker was straight up to grab the ball and sent Price the wrong way with a well-struck left-footed spot kick.

Peterborough could have gone further ahead either side of the break as Richard Butcher found himself unmarked but headed wide from 12 yards and Dean Holden was off target from an Adam Newton cross.

Haynes tested Tyler with a long-range drive and curled another shot over the crossbar. United claimed another penalty when Wilnis nudged over Simon Yeo but the referee was not interested.

Brittain caused panic with a corner but Town could not force it home and Billy Clarke tried an overhead kick but Tyler was too close.

It was pretty much all Ipswich towards the end of the 90 minutes and they were rewarded when Matt Richards got in a wonderful cross which was met by a splendid De Vos diving header

Richards then had a shot cleared off the line by Guy Branston and the game went into extra time.

Tyler made a fantastic save at full stretch to push away a De Vos effort and then was up quickly to get a hand to a Bowditch follow up.

Dean Holden then delivered a corner and Guy Branston nodded Posh back ahead five minutes into extra time. The 29-year-old keeper almost saved posh again but as he tipped a Richards shot onto the bar Clarke was quickest to react and buried from close range, a minute before the short break.

Brittain was denied by Tyler who dived to grab the new signing's well struck volley and the game went into penalties.

After Adam Newton scored for Posh and Matt Richards had his saved by Tyler. United palyers all scored before Alex Bruce missed with the last kick.

Town have taken Fulham's Sylvain Legwinski on trial while former Norwich midfielder Phil Mulryne, a friend of Magilton from the Irish national side, is training with Ipswich as he is without a club after spending last season with Cardiff City.

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