Gallery: Town dumped out of Cup

THERE was a sense of d�j� vu at London Road as Ipswich were dumped put of the Carling Cup by Peterborough.

Derek Davis

Peterborough United 2 Ipswich Town 1

THERE was a sense of d�j� vu at London Road as Ipswich were dumped put of the Carling Cup by Peterborough.

The loss means Roy Keane has started his first full season as Town manger in a remarkably similar fashion to Jim Magilton when he first took the managerial reins.


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Three league defeats and a goalless draw with a Carling Cup defeat at Peterborough was the same as Magilton, who took Town to 14th in his first season.

Keane will be hoping it does not end the same way.

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Tamas Priskin netted his first goal for Ipswich since moving from Watford but missed a penalty that proved costly as Posh came from behind to win.

Lee Frecklington and George Boyd scored either side of the break to put Keane's former Manchester United team-mate Darren Ferguson's side into the third round for 15 years.

Keane made six changes from the 2-0 defeat at West Brom and it was those left out that gave as much a glimpse into the future as the return of Pablo Couango.

Owen Garvan and Jon Stead did not even make the bench, which would indicate a confirmation that they will not play for Keane again.

Alan Quinn, who it is understood to also be on his way out of the club, with Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United all said to be interested in him, got 90 minutes.

Previous skipper Gareth McAuley was again left on the bench with Alex Bruce again at centre half and taking the captaincy.

Tamas Priskin and Counago combined for the first time up front as Keane tried out another look.

It took just 14 minutes for the new look partnership between Counago and Priskin to bear fruit.

A low cross by the Spaniard was blocked by Tommy Rowe, but he was quick to send in another low ball and this time Priskin was quick off the mark to knock in through the keeper from close range.

It was the Hungarian international's first goal since his �1.7million move from Watford and he might have had another in the first half but Joe Lewis saved his penalty kick.

The Posh's equaliser was top class as Lee Frecklington took a through ball from Craig Morgan and cleverly spun around Jack Colback and in the same movement hit a sweet 25-yard shot that even Richard Wright could not get near to.

There was a veritable Who's Who of football managers among the crowd, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Peter Reid and Nigel Clough, who enjoyed such brilliance.

In an open first half both sides had decent chances but also showed fragility at the back.

The much-maligned Delaney put a good block on Shaun Batt and the Irish full back also showed his prowess when getting forward with a good cross for Priskin who headed wide.

Rob Shoebridge, a referee who is no stranger to controversy after not allowing Freddie Sears' goal for Crystal Palace against Bristol City, was taking charge of his first game since suspension for that episode.

Moments after booking Bruce for dissent, the official did not appear to see Gabriel Zakuani take out Priskin, but the assistant did and the penalty was given.

The Hungarian took it himself, but Lewis stood tall and then stepped forward to save Priskin's low spot kick.

Lee Martin dipped a free kick over the bar while Priskin delayed a pass back to Counago, allowing Morgan to slide in and block. Mackail-Smith played the ball into Frecklington's path, but his shot was poor and Wright took it with ease.

A double substitution by Keane did not inspire and instead United seemed to grow stronger.

Their goal stemmed from a determined tackle in the middle of the park by Toumani Diagouraga who played the ball wide for George Boyd. The midfielder got past David Wright before hitting a super shot past Richard Wright.

Quinn tried a dipping effort as Ipswich finished strongly but Posh were able to hold out and almost got a third.

Richard Wright went up for a corner in time added on and United broke but failed to make the most of frantic chance.

The 1,200 travelling Town fans chanted for Keane to 'sort it out'. He has time on his side but he needs to make things happen soon.

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