Andy's rush of blood

IPSWICH Town keeper Andy Marshall today admitted that a "bit of inexperience" on his part cost the promotion-chasing Blues victory at Burnley on Saturday.

By Dave Allard

IPSWICH Town keeper Andy Marshall today

admitted that a "bit of

inexperience" on his part cost the promotion-

chasing Blues victory at Burnley on Saturday.

Town were leading 1-0 thanks to an early Pablo Counago goal at Turf Moor, but the home side levelled through a Robbie Blake penalty just over the hour mark.

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Clarets' striker Ian Moore darted into the penalty area and the out-rushing Marshall conceded the spot-kick.

"I can't have too many complaints," said Marshall. "It was a bit of inexperience on my part – and that's from someone with 250 games behind them."

The ex-Norwich and England Under-21 man added: "I should have known better than to rush out and commit myself like I did, but I felt that that I could dive in and nick the ball away from him.

"I didn't actually touch him, Moore dived over me, but if he hadn't dived there would have been a collision. On

reflection, Thomas Gaardsoe was there to cover. That was another reason to stay on my line."

Counago, whose goal was his 14th of the campaign and a first-ever away for Ipswich, sustained a cut head not long after grabbing his opener.

The Spaniard went off to have five stitches inserted in the wound but he was not risked again and Darren Bent came on as a substitute six minutes before the interval.

Bent missed opportunities and so did others as the mid-table Nationwide League Division One battle ended all square.

Marshall said: "On another day we would have knocked those chances away. There was a lack of the rub of the green and a bit of panic finishing.

"We are treating it as just a blip. In recent weeks the lads have been doing well in front of goal. We're in a situation where we're only four points off the

play-off zone.

"We've got Preston at home next week and hopefully we can get back to winning ways in that one."

Despite disappointment at not getting all three points in Lancashire on Saturday, Town stretched their unbeaten run to eight contests – seven league fixtures and one FA Cup tie.

Stan Ternent's men and the Blues have drawn twice this season. In October they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Portman Road.