Gallery: Healy strikes to claim vital point

DAVID Healy celebrated his first goal for more than a year to claim a deserved point for Ipswich Town, at fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United in freezing conditions last night.

Carl Marston

DAVID Healy celebrated his first goal for more than a year to claim a deserved point for Ipswich Town, at fellow strugglers Scunthorpe United in freezing conditions last night.

Super sub Healy came up trumps in the 75th minute, to cancel out defender Cliff Bryne's opener just six minutes earlier.

Roy Keane's men had bossed the first period, without being able to apply the killer touch, although skipper Jon Walters did hit the bar twice inside the first 20 minutes.

And it looked as though Town might pay for these squandered early chances, when Iron skipper Bryne broke the deadlock with a close range header on 69 minutes, after Town had failed to clear a corner.

But Healy then obliged to extend Town's run to just three defeats in their last 21 league games.

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Walters was the instigator with a strong chase down the right, and although the ball seemed to get stuck under his feet, goal poacher Healy obliged with a clinical finish from a tight angle. It was the Sunderland loanee's first goal since February 7, 2009.

It also meant that Town had collected seven points from this potentially tricky spell of four away games on the bounce.

They stay in 19th spot, but have at least moved a point further away from the relegation zone. They are now four points clear of third-from-bottom Crystal Palace.