Keeper upbeat despite Town draw

GOALKEEPER Neil Alexander believes Ipswich took a massive step forward despite being robbed of a winner in last night's 2-2 Championship draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.

By Elvin King

GOALKEEPER Neil Alexander believes Ipswich took a massive step forward despite being robbed of a winner in last night's 2-2 Championship draw with Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Blues were denied a late winning goal when Pablo Counago put the ball into the net but was controversially ruled offside.

The decision left manager Jim Magilton fuming, and everybody connected with Town are still puzzling why an assistant referee belatedly raised his flag.


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Counago, who played the ball forward to Jon Walters, was behind the ball when it was played back into the middle for him to finish off.

Although under the cosh for a while in the second period, Ipswich deserved to end their barren away run with three points.

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“We naturally went looking for a win,” said Alexander, who made two outstanding saves.

“But before kick-off we would have settled for a point.

“However, in the circumstances we deserved all three and were denied them when Pablo's effort was disallowed.

“We are doing everything right and we took a massive step in the right direction last night. We just need the breaks.

“The lads played magnificent football, and it is pleasure to be involved with this team - and this club.

“I thought every player was outstanding, and results are soon going to come away from home.”

Alexander saw his kicked clearance rebound off Andy Gray and loop into the net for Burnley's equaliser after Town had taken a deserved two-goal lead to double their away league goal output this season.

“I think I did everything right,” said the keeper, who became a dad for the second time last week.

“I made perfect contact with the ball, but it came off their player and went into the goal. It could just as easily have gone into row Z.

“This is the luck we are getting at the moment.”

Alexander has conceded 15 goals in five away games this season, and he says that there is still work to be done.

“We have got to continue to look at ourselves defensively,” he said. “But we will get it right.

“And going forward we are going to score a lot of goals.

“Billy Clarke came in and played splendidly and Owen Garvan also impressed, but everyone played well.”

Goalscorer Sylvain Legwinski said: “When you are 2-0 up and do not win you are going to be disappointed.

“But we woke up this morning knowing that we fully deserved our point.”

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