Roy's delight for poacher Healy

DAVID Healy bagged a real poacher's goal to rescue a point for gutsy Ipswich Town at fellow strugglers Scunthorpe last night.

Carl Marston

DAVID Healy bagged a real poacher's goal to rescue a point for gutsy Ipswich Town at fellow strugglers Scunthorpe last night.

Healy gleefully tucked home from close range in the 75th minute, much to manager Roy Keane's delight, to secure a 1-1 draw at a snowy Glanford Park.

It was Healy's first goal for more than a year, and Keane certainly didn't mind that it wasn't a pretty goal.

"We'll take that sort of goal all day," insisted Keane.

"What we have not been great at this season is not getting those type of goals.

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"Good strikers are always in that sort of area. The Michael Owens and Van Nistelroys score more from seven yards out than they do from 20 to

25 yards.

"Perhaps we were a bit lucky with the goal, in the way that the ball fell for us, but we haven't had much of that this season," added Keane.

Scunthorpe looked on course for victory when skipper Cliff Bryne nodded home from inside the six-yard box in the 69th minute, only for Healy to strike back quickly.

Keane continued: "It was never going to be a classic, but we saw a different side to the team tonight.

"When you go 1-0 down, and you don't look very dangerous in the second half, then you'd have taken the draw, and it obviously stops the opposition getting maximum points as well.

"There were a lot of pluses tonight, and obviously David Healy's goal was one of these. He's looked really sharp in training, as has Connor

(Wickham) and Pablo (Counago).

"We felt before the game that one of them would make a contribution, and fortunately Healy did.

"Sometimes it happens to strikers (a barren run), and he'll be disappointed not to have started.

"He's been a bit unfortunate not to score a few more goals for Sunderland.

"If you look at his career, you'll see that he's got a decent scoring record, but obviously people look at what happened to him at Fulham and Sunderland.

"He's come up a little bit short in terms of the Premiership at the moment, but he'll probably also say that he's not had a run of games at Sunderland.

"And I knew from my days at Manchester United that he is a goalscorer," concluded Keane.

Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins rued: "I bet Roy Keane's delighted with their goal, because we felt that it was a foul. Cliff Bryne was running it back and was fouled."