FULL-TIME: Ipswich Town 2 Huddersfield Town 2
Ipswich v Huddersfield: Scott Loach’s superb penalty save ensured Ipswich Town grabbed a deserved share of the spoils in an entertaining score draw at Portman Road.
The Blues were unfortunate to trail 1-0 at the break, with Adam Clayton’s 35th minute long-range shot the difference between the sides after an even opening 45 minutes.
Town levelled things up in the 62nd minute when Luke Chambers bundled home from close-range after Daryl Murphy had nodded back Andy Drury’s deep free-kick. Ten minutes later the hosts were in front when Michael Chopra raced clear to dink a cool finish over on-rushing keeper Alex Smithies.
Huddersfield equalised in the 80th minute when striker James Vaughan converted Danny Ward’s low cut-back.
It kick-started a crazy spell in which Chopra hit the post at one end only for the Terriers to counter and win a penalty, awarded for a clumsy foul by Murphy on Jack Hunt.
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It looked like the script was written for Norwich City loanee striker Vaughan to seal Town’s defeat when he stepped up to take the spot-kick. However, a lengthy delay – the referee strangely only awarding the stonewall penalty after consulting with his assistant – allowed Loach to whip up the Sir Alf Ramsey Stand into a frenzy.
And after it all had died down he flung himself to his right to superbly push Vaughan’s effort onto the post.
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Both sides tried to win it at the death, with Chopra having a strong penalty appeal turned away following a coming together with Clayton in the box and Loach staying big to block a late Vaughan shot.
– Reaction to follow.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-2-3-1): Loach; Ainsley, Chambers (cpt), Smith, Cresswell; Drury, Luongo; Taylor (Scotland 90), Martin, Murphy; Chopra.
Subs: Lee-Barrett, N’Daw, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hyam, Carson, Murray.
Booked: Drury (50)
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN (4-1-2-1-2): Smithies; Dixon (Gerrard 68), Clarke (cpt), Hunt, Lynch (Woods 85); Clayton, Norwood, Ward; Southern, Novak, Vaughan.
Subs: Bennett, Hammill, Arfield, Lee, Spencer.
Booked: Vaughan (85)
Attendance: 16,843 (830 away)
Referee: Mick Russell.